The Buckeye Valley boys cross country team cruised to its eighth straight league title, finishing with six of the top seven times during the MOAC Championship Saturday at Amman’s Reservoir in Galion.
Senior Zach Kreft led the way, adding to his perfect record by winning the individual title for the fourth straight fall. He crossed the finish line in 16:08.7 — a mark nearly 30 seconds better than the 16:35.5 Galion sophomore Braxton Tate secured to earn runner-up honors.
Spots three through seven, meanwhile, went to Barons. Seniors Nathan Holst finished third (16:53.7), Gavin Shearer closed fourth (16:57.1), Bill Daily finished fifth (17:10.9), Jacob Zinn crossed the line sixth (17:25.2) and Nathan Heiser finished seventh (17:39.7) to earn first team All-MOAC honors.
Buckeye Valley won with 19 points, the lowest score it has ever posted in the event. North Union finished second with 73 while newcomer Ontario, competing in the league for the first time this season, smoothed out the top three with 87.
Olentangy Liberty collected a league title as a team while Olentangy Orange’s Tommy Wintering won an individual crown during Saturday’s OCC-Buckeye Championship in Hilliard.
The Patriots were led by the trio of Nick Irelan (third overall in 16:48.54), Joseph Johnson III (fourth in 16:51.78) and Nicholas Anderson (fifth in 16:53.32).
Logan Boone and Bradley Raymond also finished in the top 10, closing ninth and 10th in respective times of 17:09.23 and 17:11.81.
Wintering, meanwhile, took top honors with an effort of 16:17.50. Andrew Schroff and Jack Schiefelbein were also solid for the second-place Pioneers, closing sixth and eighth in respective times of 16:56.39 and 17:05.56.
Olentangy was also in action, finishing fourth as a team thanks in part to a 17th-place showing from Sam Holt (17:36.37).
Senior Jacob Hutchinson nabbed Big Walnut’s best performance, finishing 14th overall with a time of 18:42.58 at Saturday’s OCC-Capital Championship in Lancaster.
The Golden Eagles, who also got a steady 17th-place showing from Jacob Krous (18:49.40), finished fourth in the final team standings.
Avery Latta finished 52nd overall (18:41.63) and Padraig Mumper crossed the line 56th (18:49.81) to lead Delaware Hayes at Saturday’s OCC-Cardinal Championship in Hilliard.
The Pacers finished seventh as a team.
Follow Ben Stroup on Twitter @delgazette_ben.