The Olentangy Liberty boys cross country team won Saturday’s Bob Reall-Lancaster Invitational, besting 17 other teams, including Delaware Hayes.
Logan Boone finished sixth overall with a time of 16:30 and Joesph Johnson III also finished in the top 10 (ninth, 16:43).
Adam Clark (16th, 17:01), Nick Irelan (21st, 17:08) and Bradley Raymond (23rd, 17:08) rounded out the Patriots’ top five runners.
Justin Hernan (25th, 17:12) topped the Pacers, who finished 14th as a team, and Seth Karn (27th, 17:14) was not far behind.
Marquis Willis (86th, 18:23), Avery Latta (106th, 19:16) and Chris Ward (118th, 20:06) rounded out the top five for Hayes.
“Obviously we would like to do better as a team, but we are improving,” Pacers coach Jim Bibler said. “Six boys PR’d on a very hilly course, and the average time for the varsity (18:26) was only six seconds slower than at Galion which, is known as a fast course, so I am pleased with the effort.”
Meanwhile, Ashley Wolfer led the Delaware’s girls squad with a time of 20:23, which was good for 15th overall. Alicia Rittenour had a time of 20:41 to finish 20th.
Emily Grey (65th, 22:39) and MaryBeth Zimmerman (85th, 24:37) also contributed for the Pacers, who finished 12th out of 14 teams overall.
“We are getting closer to getting our true top five all racing on the same day, but as that happens some others are improving each week also, which is good,” Bibler said.
The Big Walnut girls cross country team finished eighth and Olentangy Orange ninth out of 16 teams at the Tiger Invitational Saturday in Pickerington.
Colbi Borland topped the Golden Eagles with a time of 22:37 to finish fourth overall. Ruth Armburst (41st, 22:25), Hannah Moroz (56th, 22:51), Alina Pecci (66th, 23:21) and Carol Craig-Bowen (107th, 25:21) rounded out the top five for BW.
Kayel Pugazhenthi led the Pioneers with a time of 22:21, which was good for 39th overall. Rachel Dieker (46th, 22:35), Paige Benecke (54th, 22:47), Olivia Dieckmann (62nd, 23:07) and Angel Frye (65th, 23:21) rounded out the top five for Orange.
Meanwhile, the Pioneers’ boys team came in fourth out of 13 teams in the event.
Andrew Schroff topped the team with a 16:49 time, good for third overall. Tyler King (23rd, 18:07), Merek Hellmer (38th, 18:30), Rocco Torio (44th, 18:35) and Lake Harris (64th, 19:00) rounded out the top five for the Pioneers.
BW’s boys, led by William Hefner (22nd, 18:03), finished 12th as a team. Kaleb Disbennet (66th, 19:04), Leif Anderson (77th, 19:23), D.J. Werner (89th, 19:65) and Zach MacDonald (94th, 20:02) rounded out the top five for the Eagles.
Sophia Rossi and Kathryn Ramicone each scored twice to help Walsh Jesuit turn away Olentangy Orange 5-0 Saturday evening in Cuyahoga Falls.
Hannah Sargent had 17 saves in goal to lead the Pioneers and Holly Ferber rounded out the scoring for Walsh Jesuit.
Also: Delaware Hayes 1, Worthington Christian 1.
Olentangy lost two out of three matches in the Perrysburg tournament Saturday.
St. Joesph’s Academy (19-25, 25-17, 25-20) and Sylvania Northview (27-25, 25-17) pinned losses on Olentangy, those sandwiched around a victory over the host Yellow Jackets (14-25, 25-20, 25-20).
Olivia Margolies led Olentangy with 31 kills, including 15 in the opener against St. Joseph’s. Margolies had 36 digs on the day as well.
Nhu Do added 22 kills, Megan Cochran led with six blocks and Maris Kaiser added five and Lexie Weithman led with 41 digs and five aces over the course of the three games.
For their efforts, Margolies and Weithman were named to the all-tournament team.
Kyle Mitchell’s 70, which tied with two others, paced Olentangy Liberty to a first-place finish at the Pickerington Central Fall Invitational Saturday at Turnberry Country Club.
Mitchell tied with Troy Taylor of Westerville South and Curran Gimeson of Thomas Worthington to split medalist honors.
The Patriots shot a 300 to finish one stroke better than Thomas. Big Walnut put up a 328 score to finish 11th.
Emily Cobb scored twice to send host Oakwood past Olentangy 2-1 Saturday in Dayton.
Elsie Harder picked up the Braves’ only goal and Erika Brehm stopped six shots in goal. Katie Whitlock also had six saves for the Lumberjacks.
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