Local runners battle heat during meets


Marysville’s Katie Krueger is pictured competing in Lancaster on Saturday.
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The Lady Monarch cross-country team took on the heat and hills of Lancaster to finish in fourth place of 22 Division I teams at the Bob Reall Invitational at Lancaster on Saturday.
Leading the way for the team was sophomore Jacquelyn Witt, who finished in fifth place in 19:44.
Also scoring for the Monarchs were Katie Krueger (18th, 20:53), Morgan Forney (24th, 21:18), Leanne Eichorn (43rd, 21:55) and Emma Rice (45th, 21:59).
The Marysville boys finished 10th out of 21 Division I teams.
The boys worked hard to close gaps between scoring runners, according to coach Luke Sundermeier.
Scoring for MHS were Ian Dye (30th, 17:37), Andrew Snodgrass (43rd, 17:56), Hayden Turk (54th, 18:13), Matthew Cox (72nd, 18:37) and Tyler Marsh (77th, 18:45).
Marysville’s middle school girls were second in their meet at the invitational.
Bryn Hothem set a new school record with a time of 12:40. Madison Sunquist set a new personal record and a new school all-time No. 2 mark of 12:49.
Abri Schmutz established a new PR of 12:55.
The Bunsold boys placed sixth.
Brian Boston set a school season-best time of 11:45 as he finished 13th.
Panthers place
Fairbanks’ boys and girls cross-country squads ran in the Ohio Caverns Invitational on Saturday.
Benjamin Logan won the boys meet with 59 points.
FHS was sixth in the 11-team event with 148.
JoJo Renicker was the Panthers’ top finisher. He was 15th in 19:18.4. Aidan Groves was 25th in 19:39.8 and Ben Macklin rounded out local runners in the top 30 by placing 29th in 19:51.4.
The Lady Panthers placed fourth in their meet with 105 points. West Liberty-Salem captured top honors in the seven-team race with 21.
Fairbanks’ girls in the top 30 were Adeline Fitzwater, ninth, 22:30.9; Lindsey Eddy, 12th, 23:13.2; and Kalor Greve, 15th, 23:32.2.
Dylan Tobe of Fairbanks was seventh in the middle school boys race with a time of 12:16.5, while Joey Ziegler was 17th in 13:06.4. There was no team score for the Panthers in that meet.
Fairbanks’ middle school girls were sixth in their race with 147 points. Anna tallied 31 to win the seven-team meet.
Lily Demeter was 21st for FMS with a time of 15:40.5. Kate Ruff was 30th in 15:57.7.
Triad runners compete
Triad’s girls and boys teams competed in the Centerville Saturday Night Lights meet.
Holly Cole placed 21st with a time of 20:43 and Alea Ferguson was 94th out of 271 runners in 22:27.3.
There were 255 athletes in the boys meet.
Eli O’Brien was 83rd in 18:50.9, followed by Zane Robison, 223th, 23:34.3; and Jacob Warner, 239th, 25:57.6 (personal record).
Emma Ferguson was Triad’s first female to place in the fifth and sixth-grade fun run. She was seventh in 7:23.8.

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