By Josh Brown
CEDARVILLE — The Troy girls cross country team rested two of its top runners, including two-time Greater Western Ohio Conference champion Morgan Gigandet.
The Trojans, the top-ranked team in the state in Division I, showed just what they’re capable of even without Gigandet and Emma Bryant Saturday, cruising to a D-I district championship as a team with 49 points to runner-up Beavercreek’s 64 Saturday at Cedarville University.
Emma Shigley led the Trojans with an individual runner-up finish in 18:41.4, with Centerville’s Grace Kilroy winning the race in 18:32.6. Troy Olivia Tyre was sixth (19:13), Megan Myers was ninth (19:35.5), Kate Pence was 12th (19:41.7) and Jenna Zimmerman was 20th (20:05.1).
“The girls that did run ran very well,” Troy girls coach Kevin Alexander said. “Emma Shigley had an outstanding race. She ran a very smart, strategic race, not going out too hard and just picking people off from about the 800-meter mark on. She was up there duking it out with the top three people.
“Olivia Tyre ran a strong race, Megan Myers and Kate Pence ran together the entire time and were picking people off, too. To finish with all five girls in the top 20 at the district meet — which is basically the GWOC meet, part two — is impressive. Centerville is kind of known as a race course, but Cedarville is more of a traditional cross country course, and the girls finished with roughly the same times as the GWOC. They’re good and fit right now.”
Troy’s boys finished 13th with 375 points.
Freshman Mike Griffith led the way in 43rd (17:31.7), Andy Smith was 69th (18:12.1), Seth Plantz was 85th (18:42.1), Adam Falknor was 87th (18:43.3) and Carson Dehart was 91st (18:45.6).
“This is a young team that is only going to get better over the next few years,” Troy boys coach Phil Matthews said. “The boys really came together over the course of the season and learned how to race instead of just run. They’ve been able to push each other, and it has payed off the final weeks of the season.”
The Tippecanoe girls won the Division II district meet Saturday at Cedarville University, scoring 49 points to Bellbrook’s 74.
Katie Taylor was third (19:11.4) and Kaili Titley fourth (19:24.4) to lead the Red Devils. MaKenzie Dietz was eighth (20:00.5), Abbi Halsey was 12th (20:14.1) and Jillian Brown was 23rd (20:45.7).
Tippecanoe’s boys also qualified for next week’s regional, finishing fourth with 170 points.
Keenan Fraylick was eighth (16:51.2) and Bryce Conley was 11th (16:53.3) to lead the way for Tippecanoe. Ben Jans was 46th (18:02.8), Ethan Heitkamp was 52nd (18:08.8) and Brenan Larned was 53rd (18:12.4).
The Covington girls captured a team title at the Division III district meet Saturday at Cedarville University, while Bradford sophomore Karmen Knepp won an individual title.
Covington won with 81 points, while Miami East finished fifth (167 points) and Milton-Union was seventh (225), sending all three teams to regionals.
Knepp won the race in 18:57.99 and qualify her for regionals.
Anna Dunn placed fifth (19:41.22) to lead the Buccs. Paige Boehringer was 10th (20:04.99), Ashlyn Plessinger was 11th (20:07.4), Kelsey Dysinger was 28th (21:17.5) and Danielle Alexander was 35th (21:37.45).
Lorenza Savini finished eighth (20:00.05) to lead Miami East. Marie Ewing placed 14th (20:26.77), Lindsey Yingst was 16th (20:31.61), Josie DesAutels was 48th (22:16.83) and Paige Blauvelt was 111th (25:00.63).
Kyli Parsons finished 36th (21:41.16) to pace Milton. Brianna Persinger was 40th (21:53.59), Lauren Meredith was 54th (22:28.09), Kiley Jacobe was 58th (22:32.87) and Ally Lyons was 70th (22:59.94).
Individual qualifiers from Miami County included: Lehman’s Alanna O’Leary (19th, 20:52.6), Newton’s Macy Flanary (24th, 21:03.79) and Lehman’s Maria Schmiesing (30th, 21:23.47).
On the boys side, Bethel’s Korry Hamlin won a district title and qualified for regionals by placing first in 16:26.15.
Miami East placed fourth as a team (190), Milton-Union was sixth (204) and Troy Christian was ninth (250), sending all three teams to regionals.
Gavin Horne placed eighth (16:54.01) to least Miami East. Noah Shook was 22nd (17:28.77), Justin DeWeese was 38th (17:54.38), Luke Mengos was 54th (18:12.87) and Alex Hayes was 68th (18:34.58).
Will Brock placed ninth (16:55.02) to lead Milton-Union. Shannon Milnickel was 15th (17:15.75), Tristen Persinger was 30th (17:42.68), Ryan Moore was 73rd (18:39.54) and Caleb Black was 77th (18:45.15).
Troy Christian was led by Carter Ritchey, who placed 24th (17:29.27). Nick Pratt was 40th (17:55.25), Isaac Flora was 50th (18:05.12), Robert Venture was 51st (18:05.18) and Zach Davidson was 85th (18:55.99).
Newton’s Ryan Mollette placed 34th (17:51.68) to qualify for regionals as an individual.
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