By Jordan Miller
It was a day of championships for Carrollton boys cross-country Oct. 22 at the Division II East District High School District Tournament at Cambridge.
The Warriors claimed two championships. As a team, the Warriors earned the district title and, as an individual, Cole Lovett won the title.
The Warriors tallied 70 points to win the title and advance to regional competition Oct. 29 at Pickerington North High School. Martin’s Ferry High School placed second with 89 points.
Lovett won with a time of 15:39, 40 seconds ahead of the second place finisher, Dylan Curtis, of John Glenn, who ran the course in 16:19.44.
Rounding out the scoring for Carrollton were senior Warrior Quinton Huggett, who finished fifth with a time of 16:32.63; Junior Dan Lampe, 13th in 17:14.79; freshman Alex Carrothers, 26th in 17:46.64; sophomore Jon Russell, 27th in 17:46.91; junior Noah Carrothers, 40th in 18:12.99; sophomore Connor Rutledge, 45th in 18:15.98.
In the Division II girls race, the Warriors placed second overall with 74 points, behind their cross-county rival, the Minerva Lady Lions, who tallied 65 points. Both teams qualified for regional competition Oct. 27 at Pickerington North High School.
Maddie Dunlap led the Warriors with a second place finish in 18:38.24. West Holmes senior Michelle Hostettler won the race with a time of 18:23.22.
Rounding out the Carrollton scoring were senior Hailey Wells, who placed ninth with a time of 19:47.83; followed by sophomore Micah Donley, 10th in 19:50.02; Cindy Lewis, 26th in 21:01.88; Grace Bartlow, 27th in 21:42.72; junior Emmy Days, 35th in 21:32.48 and freshman Jennie Stine, 39th in 21:42.72.
“The boys knew a title was in reach, as did the girls. Both ran their best team races of the year and that is why we came home with two trophies,” said Carrollton Head Coach Mike Aukerman following the district championship races.
“It would’ve been nice to have two gold ones, but the goal was to advance to Regionals and that was accomplished. We did not back off in the training to win this week, we want to be at our best the next two Saturdays,” Aukerman stated.
Aukerman says he believes both teams have the potential to compete at the state meet Nov. 5, “The boys have been driven all year to shine at the end of the year and this is just the beginning for them. The girls have progressed immensely in the last few weeks and I see a focused group that wants to get back to the state meet.”
“I feel that both teams will be running at the State meet in two weeks because the Regional meet this weekend is nothing our kids have not handled in the past,” he said. “We have a ton of big meet experience and our kids have always shined in the postseason. They trust in the process and know that this is what we train for, to be at our best in the final two weeks of the season.”