XC Review   Weekend of 8-22

While many states have not begun their seasons Alaskan runners competed in one of their biggest ones at the Tsalteshi Invitational.  The 5K race, which was held at Skyview High School in Soldotna saw Glenallen junior Briahna Gerlich easily handle the course & the field by negotiating the course in a time of 18:41.  Ruby Woodings of Palmer claimed second by edging Riana Boonstra of Kenai Central at the wire, as both runners shared the time of 19:32.  Jaycie Calvert, also from Kenai  finished just a second back to earn fifth.  Jill Bowker of Colony placed sixth in 19:34 to nip Morgan Lash of South Anchorage with both sharing the time of 19:34.   Chugiak won the team race by recording 71 points to the 100 of Colony.

Ty Jordan of Chugiak outlast a small phalanx of runners, who finished within seconds of each other. The senior won with a time of sixteen minutes flat, while Gus Schmacher, a sophomore from Service, took second four seconds later.  Kaleb Korta of Galena finished alone in third with 16:08 & Finn Walker of West Anchorage was not far back with 16:11. Keith Osowski of Kodiak placed fifth in 16:34:  a second ahead of Ti Donaldson of West Valley, who led his squad to the team title.  West 's total of 62 gave it a safe margin over West Anchorage's 94 points & Service was third with 106.

Thomas Worthington won the OHSAA Early Preview Meet, which was held at National Trails Raceway.  Their total of 84 points gave them a margin of 8 points over Maplewood. Bradley Davis of Dublin Jerome won with a fine early season time of 15:50 to defeat Allen Sparks of Maplewood by five seconds.   Maplewood also receive a third place effort from Tristan Dahmen who ran sixteen flat.    Fourth went to Dustin Horter of Lakota East who was times in 16:02.   Nathan Hadley of Youngstown Boardman annexed fifth in 16:05.  Andrew Payne led victorious Worthington with his sixth place time of 16:15, which gave him a two second margin over Alec Sandusky of Marysville.  Pickerington runners Jack Jaynes & Matt Scrape  secured the next two places with times of 16:19 & 16:21 respectively.  Medina senior Zach Robertson garnered ninth with 16:29, while Brian Zaboszki of Nordonia round out the top eleven with 16:30.

Freshman Grace Kilroy of Centerville got her high school career of with a bright note with a triumphant time of 18:26.  India Johnson of Hilliard Davidson followed with 18:33 to edge Ann Heuerman of upper Arlington  by a second.   Carly Davis of Dublin Jerome finished fourth with 18:36, while Emma Bowker of Olentangy  Liberty had a huge gap over her closer pursuer by recording 18:39.

The Rockford guys made a shambles of the team competition by placing their five runners in the top seven finishers.   Isaac Harding led the way in 15:55 and was followed by Cole Johnson (16:12) & Grayson Harding (16:15).  Gannon Foley of Portage Central broke the string with his fourth place effort of 16:25 .  Christian Hubaker ran 16:37 for Grand Ledge placing fifth & was followed by Rockford's Grant Gabriel (16:39) & Matthew MacGregor  (16:40) completed the Rockford  scoring. In girls team results Hudsonville edged Battle Creek Lakeview  67 to 68.  Peyton Witt of Portage Northern won the individual title with her time of 18:50.  The freshman topped sophomore  Logann Haluszka  of by Battle Creek Lakeview  thirteen seconds and Alexa Vanderhoff of Portage Northern placed third with 19:22.

The Bloomington North Early Bird Invitational was held on Saturday and was won by Christian Noble of Mt. Vernon Fortview with a time of 15:50.  Aaron Rush, also from MV finished second with 16:01 & Aaron Bennett of Westfield was close behind with 16:06.  Cam Trout of Northview followded in fourth with 16:06. Bloomington North defeated Bloomington South by a score of 31 to 44 but individual honors went to Grace Williams of North, who ran 19:10. Alli Workman of Bloomfield came in second with 19:20 & Liz Bredeweg of Shakamak placed third with 20:02. Alexandra Dalton of Greenwood Christian won the Triton Invitational with 18:34 to easily outpace Sydney Cook of Greenfield Central, who clocked 20:51. Josh Campbell of  Franklin Community  led the boys over the Blue River course in Shelbyville  with 16:34 and Hunter Smith of Greenwood Community placed second with 16:53.

The Highland Invitational was run on the 20th in Salt Lake City at Sugar House Park, which will be the sight of the State meet.  The Davis boys easily defeated Timpagonos 46 to 97. Alec Parsons of Ogden won with 14:44, while Camren Todd led Davis to victory with his 2nd place time of 14:46.  William Handley of Timpanogos took third with 14:54 & Joe Benson followed his Timp team mate with 14:55.  Adam Haynes of Bingham followed in 15:05. The American Fork girls won the team race by to 58 over Timpanogos. Kate Hunter, a junior from Provo secured individual laurel with her  17:26 clocking.  Courtney Wayment placed aecond with 17:30 & Sara Mussleman led American Fourth with her third place effort of 17:32.  Finishing fourth was Aubrey Argyle  of Davis, who ran 17:35 & Whitney Rich of Bingham took fifth with 17:40.