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River Valley's Campbell takes sixth in state

Local athletes race for cross country championships

1:00 AM, Nov. 03, 2012 EDT

River Valley's Hannah Campbell shares the champions podium at the Ohio High School Athletic Association's Division II girls state cross country meet, held Saturday at National Trail Raceway in Kirkersville. Campbell, a junior, worked her way up to sixth place. / James Miller/The Marion Star


Hannah Campbell of River Valley set a personal best time as she zipped to sixth place at the state cross country championships on Saturday.

Teammate Wyatt Uresti leaned across the fence at National Trail Raceway to embrace her after her run. Campbell smiled, catching her breath in the chilly air as he congratulated her.

She finished in 18:29.83 and averaged 5:57.3 per mile.

There were 150 runners in every race. The top 16 finishers and top two teams went to the podium for awards.

Campbell said that many people in the state competition try to just run their hardest. She said she just wanted to keep the pace she had been running all year.

"We're at state, it's a fast field," she said. "A lot of people just go on adrenaline."

She said she was thankful to God for helping her with every race.

"I give Him all the honor and glory," she said.

Campbell ran against Mary Kate Vaughn, a freshman from Oakwood who has been posting times under 18:00 all year.

She finished first for Div. II on Saturday with a time of 17:41.57 and an average 5:41.7 mile. The second place finisher came in almost 40 seconds after Vaughn.

The Mount Gilead girls were the only MOAC team to make it to state this year. After their Division III race, the team in the fluorescent yellow jerseys and purple shorts met a few classmates, who were painted purple and white, and their families for hugs and congratulations.

Sophomore Bryanna Bolha said she felt the team did well.

"It's great to be here," she said.

The Indians finished 13th overall out of 16 teams with 288 points. They averaged a 20:35.27 per athlete.

The winning team, Liberty Center, scored 101 points with a 19:10.56 average.

Sophomore Rachel Bush said the race was exciting.

"It's great to be here for a second year," she said.

She said her team was trying not to get caught up with the other runners on the course and get boxed in.

Northmor's Dani Blum, a senior, finished 18th overall in Div. III.

She finished in 19:07.9, averaging 6:09.5 for her mile and just missing the podium by two places.

The Div. III winner was Sarah Kanney of Coldwater, who finished in 17:58.03 and averaged 5:47.

Uresti finished in his fastest time this year, with a total of 16:43. He placed 51st overall in Division II.

He said part of the course was on pavement, which hurt his feet a bit. He also said some people were falling at a certain part of the track.

Close behind Uresti was Highland junior Logan Ebersole, who was 65th with a time of 16:54.94 and a split of 5:26.7.

The Div. II winner was Mick Iacofano of Akron St.Vincent-St. Mary, with a 15:32.98 time and 5:00.3 average mile.

Senior Drexler McColly of Pleasant said the course was a "pretty good" course, and that it wasn't too muddy.

He finished for Div. III in 77th place with a time of 17:11.36 and a 5:32 average mile.

"I ran all right," he said. "I gave it how I had planned."

Freshman Jacob Long of Cardington-Lincoln finished in 32nd place in Div. III with a time of 16:30.56 and an average 5:18.9 mile.

The Div. III winner was Samuel Prakel of Versailles, who finished in 15:16.62 with a 4:55.1 average.




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