Three Pickaway County cross country runners earned spots in the state meet on Saturday during regional action held on the campus of Pickerington North High School.
Circleville senior Colton Pinkerton clinched a spot in the state meet for the second consecutive season by finishing 10th in 16:51.0, running an average mile of 5:25.1 in the Division II race.
Logan Elm was 19th as a team with 457 points and Circleville was 20th with 483.
Unioto topped the 21-school field with 75 points, followed by Heath (122) and River View.
Other leading runners for the Tigers were Zach Buitendorp (123rd, 19:00.1); Ryan Roy (124th, 19:02.9); Brandon Patrick (152nd, 19:48.6) and Preston Hulse (163rd, 20:50.4).
Top runners for the Braves included Ian Shaeffer (34th, 17:30.2); Drew Tomlinson (91st, 18:24.3); Brock Evans (133rd, 19:17.5); Jason Springer (139th, 19:25.3) and Trace Smith (150th, 19:44.4).
Westfall’s Tyler Shipley finished 33rd in 17:29.7.
In the Division I girls field, Teays Valley senior Karoline Pees qualified for state for the first time by finishing 20th in 19:53.9.
Pees ran an average mile of 6:23.9 to nab the final qualifying spot.
Teays Valley finished 13th out of 17 teams with 298 points.
Hilliard Davidson won a regional title with 42 points, followed by Lancaster (135) and Dublin Coffman (140).
Other leading runners for the Vikings included Megan Bush (61st, 20:55.2); Brooke Guisinger (70th, 21:03.8); Lindsey Triplett (97th, 21:41.2) and Payton Sayre (124th, 22:49.4).
Westfall freshman Caitlyn Shipley continued a tremendous high school debut season by finishing seventh in 20:03.1 in the Division III race to earn a spot at state. The district champion ran an average mile of 6:26.8.
Westfall finished 14th with 293 points.
Mount Gilead topped the 17-school field with 58 points, followed by Liberty Union (122) and Cardington-Lincoln (169).
Other top runners for the Mustangs were Kylee Henry (33rd, 21:21.9); Carmen Walters (116th, 25:02.00); Natalie Holland (121st, 25:39.8) and Alyssa Wyman (119th, 25:31.8).
In Division II, Circleville’s Ellie Patrick was 47th in 21:11.0 and Lily Winter took 63rd in 21:44.7.
The state meet is slated for Saturday at Fortress Obetz.
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