West Liberty-Salem boys cross country coach Mike Louden was eager to see where Joey Adams’ off-season conditioning put him among the top runners in Division III portion of the Bob Schul Invitational on Saturday.
Pretty good, as it turned out. Adams won the D-III meet with a time of 16 minutes, 34.0 seconds. That time also topped the Division I-II field won by Princeton’s Brandon Mullins in 16:34.3.
“Despite the tough conditions, I thought the team as a collective group did an awesome job kicking off the 2014 campaign,” Louden said of the hot and humid morning in West Milton. “I’m very proud of Joey in his accomplishment of winning the first meet of the season. His work ethic and drive these past eight or nine months have been second to none amongst Division III boys. I’m completely confident that he can continue to have great success the remainder of the season.”
The Big Orange finished third among the field of 19 teams in the D-III meet.
Teammate Alex Steiner finished fifth (17:14.1).
West Liberty-Salem’s girls finished seventh in the 14-team field. Freshman Reghan Bieleski had the top finish (ninth) in 20:45.7
The Northwestern girls nearly claimed their own invitational at the Warrior Classic on Saturday. The Warriors scored 89 points, second only to Bellefontaine’s 59.
Northwestern junior Brooke Smith led the team to the line in 22:36 for ninth overall. Sophomore teammate Megan Schrimpf finished 20th (23:44).
Tecumseh senior Maria Gilles led all area runners with her time of 22:12, good for fourth, and Catholic Central senior Emily Belovich was fifth (22:15). Graham senior Raven Hazlett led the Falcons in 13th (23:11.7).
Miami East sophomore Lorenza Savini won the girls meet in 21:50.
For the boys, Northwestern sophomore Justin Prack finished second overall in 17:20.34. Northmont senior J.T. Mackay broke away from the field to win in 16:39.33.
Among other area finishers, Tecumseh senior Andy Gemmaka was third (17:34.38), Kenton Ridge senior Ethan Sullivan fourth (17:48.31), Graham junior Devin Dunn was sixth (18:14.99) and Shawnee sophomore Josh Hayes was 13th (18:46.47).
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