Valley Conference held its cross country meet on the fairly flat course
at Piketon High School on Tuesday. With conditions primed for great
times, the SVC’s eight schools raced for the title.
In the end, both Unioto's boys and girls teams won the team titles, giving head coach Matt Paxton and his Shermans the clean sweep.
PIKETON – With rain moving out of the area by late afternoon, the Scioto Valley Conference held its cross country meet on the fairly flat course at Piketon High School on Tuesday. With conditions primed for great times, the SVC’s eight schools raced for the title.
In the end, it was Unioto’s boys dominating the league by nearly seventy-points, while the Unioto girls were locked up in a much tighter race as the Lady Shermans held off Zane Trace and Southeastern to give coach Matt Paxton and his Unioto programs the clean sweep.
Unioto’s Galen Dills continued to dominate his competition running a time of 16:18. As Dills finished his individual supremacy his fellow Sherman teammates came following behind as Marcus Edwards, Ryan Valentine, and Mark Flury crossed the finish line in the next three spots leading Unioto to a blowout win. Sam Holbert rounded out the Shermans scoring with a seventh-place finish, and even Corey Martin and Chris Anderson ran to all-league finishes in 12th and 13th places respectively despite not being a part of their own team’s top-five for team scoring.
The tightest race was the one taking place behind Unioto. Williamsport Westfall’s 83-points proved to be one better than Zane Trace’s 84 giving the Mustangs the second place finish and pushing the Pioneers into third-place. An up-and-coming Paint Valley program finished in fourth-place led by all-league performer Nick Gardner’s ninth-place finish at 17:46. Huntington was the only school that did not field a team – which means the top 14 receive All-SVC honors – in the boys’ race; however, Logan Groves did run a 17:36 to take fifth-place individually.
“Unioto obviously has a great team and a great program,” said Paint Valley coach Cheryl Knisley who had Bearcat teams finish in fourth-place Tuesday night in both the boys and girls race. “I am proud of how hard our kids worked tonight. Our program is getting close to competing with some of the top teams. Our junior high teams have a lot of great runners, so I am excited about where the program is heading.”
Boys Final Team Scores:
1. Unioto, 16
2. Westfall, 83
3. Zane Trace, 84
4. Paint Valley, 97
5. Piketon, 140
6. Southeastern, 143
7. Adena, 161
No Team Score: Huntington
1 Galen Dills-Unioto, 16:18
2 Marcus Edwards-Unioto, 16:55
3 Ryan Valentine-Unioto, 17:15
4 Mark Flury-Unioto, 17:27
5 Logan Groves-Huntington, 17:36
6 Matt Boedeker-Zane Trace, 17:40
7 Sam Holbert-Unioto, 17:41
8 Mark Bowling-Westfall, 17:44
9 Nick Gardner-Paint Valley, 17:46
10 Mikie Barnhart-Southeastern, 17:49
11 Caleb Eversole-Westfall, 17:53
12 Corey Martin-Unioto, 17:54
13 Chris Anderson-Unioto, 17:56
14 Josh Joosse-Zane Trace, 18:01
15 Dillon Murray-Southeastern, 18:09
16 Logan Krivack-Paint Valley, 18:16
17 Scott Thompson-Adena, 18:17
18 David Vonderschmitt-Westfall, 18:20
19 Jay Stewart-Zane Trace, 18:27
20 Marc Boedeker-Zane Trace, 18:51
In the girls’ race, freshman Megan Roll captured the individual top-honor with her 20:01 time, but when all the times were tallied the depth of Unioto was just a little too much for Roll’s Zane Trace team to hang on for the team championship. Unioto received a second-place finish from Miriah Park, a sixth-place finish from Abby Oyer, an 11th place finish from Sarah Wolford, and back-to-back finishes at 15th and 16th from Ashley Lowry and Taylor Barillaro respectively to total their winning point total of 50.
Zane Trace’s Lydia Weaver finished third for the second-place Lady Pioneers, Paint Valley’s Caitlyn Campbell finished fourth for the fourth-place Lady Bearcats, and third-place Southeastern got fifth and seventh place finishes from Brittany Leeson and Megan Gray respectively; however, no team had an answer for the Unioto’s depth of runners as the Lady Shermans captured their first title since 1999.
“I am proud of Megan and I am proud of all of the girls,” said Zane Trace coach Jennifer Moore. “We are a little disappointed, but Unioto has a lot of depth and they paced themselves well. As you get into the bigger meets, many times it is the bottom half of a team’s lineup that can make a difference.”
Girls Final Team Scores:
1. Unioto, 50
2. Zane Trace, 54
3. Southeastern, 59
4. Paint Valley, 104
5. Westfall, 107
6. Piketon, 128
No Team Score: Adena, Huntington
1 Megan Roll- Zane Trace, 20:01
2 Miriah Park-Unioto, 20:27
3 Lydia Weaver-Zane Trace, 20:46
4 Caitlyn Campbell-Paint Valley, 20:59
5 Brittany Leeson-Southeastern, 21:08
6 Abby Oyer-Unioto, 21:19
7 Megan Gray-Southeastern, 21:20
8 Diedre Teets-Westfall, 21:24
9 Erica Barker-Paint Valley, 21:35
10 Danielle Ball-Southeastern, 21:39
11 Sarah Wolford-Unioto, 21:53
12 Lindsey Bryan-Zane Trace, 21:59
13 Maggie Loel-Adena, 22:07
14 Carrie Ellingsworth-Paint Valley, 22:10
15 Dee Dee Archey-Southeastern, 22:15
16 Ashley Lowry-Unioto, 22:16
17 Taylor Barillaro-Unioto, 22:21
18 Jenna Crabtree-Zane Trace, 22:22
19 Alyssa Lamb-Westfall, 22:44
20 Holly Brabson-Piketon, 22:55
The SVC teams will travel to Rio Grande for the district meet this Saturday. This dissimilar type of course will present a different type of challenge that should help the elite teams be successful.
“Piketon’s course is like a track meet on grass,” said Moore of the flat-layout the SVC ran on Tuesday night. “Rio Grande gives a little more of different look with difficult hills to manage. Hopefully the strength training and a lot of the off-season work that many of our league’s top runners have put in over the last year or so will really payoff this weekend.”