By Josh Brown
CEDARVILLE — The Troy girls and Tippecanoe boys and girls cross country teams qualified for next week’s tournament, with Tippecanoe’s Bryce Conley winning individually to lead the local finishers at the district cross country meet Saturday at Cedarville University.
Troy girls finished fourth as a team with 117 points to qualify for the regional with the top eight teams making the cut. With both districts running in the same race, though, the Trojans were technically the runners-up in their own district.
Emma Kennett led a pack of Trojans near the front of the race, finishing fifth (18:57.9), with Dinah Gigandet finishing sixth (19:00.3) and Olivia Tyre finishing seventh (19:10.2). Renee Kovacs was 49th (21:28.6) and Hannah Markeson was 50th (21:28.8).
“The girls performed well to earn district runner-up, considering this was the first postseason race for five of the seven girls competing,” Troy girls coach Kevin Alexander said. “Emma, Dinah and Olivia going 5-6-7 really set the table for the team. Sophomore Hannah Markeson and three freshmen — Renne Kovacs, Hannah Falknor and Ella Kirkpatrick performed well in blustery conditions. The experience they had running at districts today will certainly help moving forward.”
Piqua finished 11th as a team with 294 points and did not qualify, but Cassie Schrubb finished 16th (20:00) to qualify as an individual.
In the boys D-I race, Troy missed qualifying for the regional as a team by three points, finishing 10th with 257 points — just behind ninth-place Fairmont’s 254. The top nine teams and the top 36 individuals qualified on the boys’ side.
Two Trojan boys will advance to the regional — Braden Coate finished 20th (16:39) and Josh Lovitt finished 35th (17:02.5) to qualify as individuals. Austin Zonner was 53rd (17:26.3), Will Schaefer was 58th (17:31.3) and Seth Plantz was 97th (18:17.1).
“The boys ran a heck of a race today and came up bitterly short of qualifying as a team for the regional race by three points,” Troy boys coach Phil Matthews said. “I know all the guys are disappointed, but they left everything they had on the course and we could not be prouder of them and their effort. Braden and Josh both ran their best races of the season and qualified as individuals for the regional race next Saturday.”
Piqua was 19th with 478 points and had no individual qualifiers.
With the top seven teams and 28 individuals qualifying for the regional, Tippecanoe’s girls were the runners-up in the D-II race, finishing second with 67 points behind Bellbrook’s 47. With both districts running in the same race, though, Tippecanoe technically was the champion in its own district.
Katie Taylor led the Red Devils in seventh (19:38.9), Kaili Titley finished 11th (20:02.3), Mackenzie Dix was 15th (20:24.2), Stephanie Fink was 16th (20:27.2) and Jillian Brown was 18th (20:32).
Milton-Union was 11th with 277 points. Rachel Thompson was 38th (21:28.2), Sophie Meredith was 49th (21:49.8), Kyli Parsons was 61st (22:12.9), Micah Tracy was 73rd (22:45) and Maddie Stasiak was 75th (22:48.1).
Tippecanoe’s boys also qualified as a team, finishing third with 95 points. Bryce Conley won the race (16:20.8), with a pack of Devils all finishing together behind him. Trenton Brown was 22nd (17:16.1), Ethan Heitkamp as 23rd (17:20.8), Austin Rogers was 24th (17:21.7) and Brady Shilt was 25th (17:22.6).
Milton-Union’s boys were 10th with 276 points. Tristen Persinger was 33rd (17:36.6), Chris Miller was 46th (18:06.8), Harrison Litton was 62nd (18:33.6), Josh Woodell was 66th (18:38.2) and Cayden Galentine was 69th (18:43.7).
Miami East was 14th with 425 points. Cam Richter was 39th (17:45.8), Alex Hayes was 72nd (18:46.2), Garrett LeMaster was 88th (19:15.6), Michael Bair was 111th (20:10.1) and Cameron DeWeese was 121st (20:40.4).
With the top eight teams and 32 individuals advancing to next week’s regional in the girls race, the Bradford girls finished fourth and Covington finished seventh to qualify.
Bradford was fourth with 142 points. Skipp Miller was seventh (19:57.2), Karmen Knepp was 16th (20:32.9), Austy Miller was 21st (20:49), Olivia Daugherty was 37th (21:24.9) and Mercedes Smith was 68th (22:55.2).
Covington was seventh with 187 points. Paige Boehringer was 12th (20:27.1), Ashlyn Plessinger was 32nd (21:18.4), Chelsea Ford was 33rd (21:19.5), Alexis Meyer was 57th (22:32.7) and Allie Garman was 66th (22:45.6).
Bethel was 12th with 398 points. Kaitlyn Balkcom qualified as an individual, finishing 20th (20:47.3), Kylie Balkcom finished 52nd (22:22), Madison Spaeth was 98th (24:04.7), Lisa Sebastian was 129th (25:35) and Emma Daugherty was 146th (26:56.7).
Newton was 16th with 451 points. Kendra Kern was 62nd (22:41.9), Baily Chaney was 84th (23:25.5), Kara Chaney was 108th (24:29.7), Faith Williams was 109th (24:31.5) and Mackenzie Knupp was 132nd (25:43.3).
Kylie Davie was an individual qualifier for Miami East, which did not have a full team, with Davie finishing 22nd (20:49). Cyrena McAdams was 134th (25:58.1), Elizabeth Bennett was 139th (26:18.9) and Paige Blauvelt was 142nd (26:22.8).
Rachel Plummer led Troy Christian’s girls in 114th (24:43.1), Sophie Pitsenbarger was 119th (25:02.4), Cheyanna Cullen was 153rd (28:39) and Katie Townsend was 171st (31:00.8).
And in the boys race, where the top nine teams and top 36 individuals advanced to the regional, Bethel’s boys took the ninth and final qualifying spot with 277 points, the lone team to qualify.
Cole Brannan led the Bees in 21st (17:29.3), Trent Schweikhardt was 25th (17:36.2), Kaleb Roberts was 72nd (18:52.8), Nathan Patton was 79th (19:00.6) and Colton Smith was 87th (19:09.9).
Newton was 11th with 315 points. Ben Hoover qualified as an individual in 17th (17:23.3), Owen Via was 50th (18:16), Curtis Shellenberger was 54th (18:19.5), Robert Ingle was 74th (18:54.6) and Jacob Moore was 109th (19:32.3).
Troy Christian was 15th with 423 points. The Eagles had a pair of individual qualifiers, with Robert Ventura finishing 10th (16:54.3) and Nick Pratt finishing 23rd (17:29.8). Nate Hunnicutt was 64th (18:32), Aiden Tkach was 136th (20:05) and Michael Pfefferle was 204th (24:07.6).
Covington was 16th with 462 points. Bennett Welborn qualified as an individual in 32nd (17:43.5), Owen Boehringer was 89th (19:11.8), Ian Benedict was 96th (19:19), Owen Rawson was 124th (19:50.9) and Fletcher Metz was 129th (19:55.4).
Bradford was 31st with 830 points. Jackson Moore was 60th (18:30.1), Shane Bryan was 192nd (22:13.8), Jared Shellabarger was 193rd (22:13.9), Hunter Biddlestone was 208th (24:55.1) and Andrew Moyer was 219th (34:44.8).
* Boys Soccer
Bethel 1, 2 OT
JAMESTOWN — The Bethel boys soccer team battled Greeneview in the second round of the Division III sectional tournament Friday night on the road, with the seventh-seeded Rams scoring in double overtime to knock out the No. 10 Bees, 2-1.
Greeneview’s Lane Hilderbrand scored 22 seconds into the game to give control to the Rams, but Bethel’s Nick Schmidt evened things up before halftime, scoring on an assist from Cannon Dakin with 26:44 remaining until the break to tie the score at 1-1. And that’s where things remained for the rest of the half, as well as all of the second half and even the first 15-minute overtime period.
But with 6:35 to go in the second overtime, Greeneview’s Tyler Hurley hit a 25-yarder over Bethel’s keeper and in to end the game.
“We had a good effort tonight,” Bethel coach Bob Hamlin said. “The guys played very hard and did a lot of good things in the rainy night in Jamestown. Seniors Evan Hart, Micah Mutlu and Mavlud Pazilov played their last game tonight and can be very proud of the way they played.”
Bethel finished the season 8-5-4.
* Girls Soccer
BRANDT — The season came to an end for the Bethel girls soccer team early Saturday as the 10th-seeded Bees were upset by No. 15 Brookville 1-0.
Bethel finished the season with a 9-6 record.
Editor’s note: Look for results from the rest of Saturday’s late tournament action online Sunday afternoon and in Monday’s Troy Daily News.
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