Marysville High School runners from left, Jack Flanagan and James Heap work together during the Tiffin Carnival. (Photo submitted)
Monarch cross-country runners placed first and third during the Tiffin Carnival on Saturday.
The MHS boys captured top honors in the Division I-B race with 57 points.
The Lady Monarchs finished third.
The top seven placers for the Marysville boys were Preston Herring, third, 16:57; Jack Flanagan, fifth, 17:08; James Heap, seventh, 17:21; Brian Boston, 17th, 17:42; Blake Murgatroyd, 25th, 17:55; Tyler Heap, 36th, 18:16; and Evan Donahue 59th, 18:36.
The Lady Monarchs’ top seven were Bryn Hothem, second, 19:47; Bailey Gross, third, 19:51; Emerson Bautsch, 18th, 21:17; Ava Elliott, 53rd, 22:28; Alyssa Rodman, 54th, 22:36; Kaylee Morton, 58th, 22:43; and Maggie Zweizig, 70th, 23:21.
“The boys ran another outstanding team race,” said MHS coach Luke Sundermeier. “They are firing on all cylinders right now and racing well on tired legs.
“We’re still working on tightening things up back in the pack and chasing Preston,” he said. “These boys have big goals for the month of October and are leaving no stones unturned in their preparation.
“The girls did a nice job advancing through a crowded field to pick up a lot of places late in the race,” said Sundermeier. “Bryn and Bailey ran a smart race to protect their positions in second and third.
“Emerson battled a big pack for 18th,” said the coach. “We’re working to close some gaps as we continue preparing for the end of October.”