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Jackson leads area runners at Ben Logan Early Bird meet

If each runner has one unfortunate race during the season, Ella Jackson got hers out of the way early.

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FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Riverside’s Ella Jackson leads Bellefontaine’s Amber Jones during Tuesday’s Early Bird Invitational at Benjamin Logan High School. LEFT: From the left, Bellefontaine’s Cody Proffitt, Blake Olson and Storm Harman compete in the boys race. RIGHT: Benjamin Logan’s Krystal Null, front, and Indian Lake’s Leslie Reichert race Tuesday in the Ben Logan Early Bird Invitational. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | AARON LaBATT)

The standout sophomore from Riverside was leading the girls field at the Benjamin Logan Early Bird Invitational on Thursday until she misread the course on the final mile and had to settle for second.

Jackson, who missed qualifying to the regional meet by three spots last fall, was in the woods and went the wrong way and that allowed Northwestern’s Kristin Looney to gain the lead spot.

“Looney was coming up on me in the woods and I turned the wrong way on the course,” said Jackson. “I just made a mistake and she took advantage of the opportunity. She is quick and was able to pass me.”

Looney ended up winning the girls race in 20:48.6, while Jackson was able to come back and grab the runner-up spot in 21:29.9.

“I think this finish still gives me some good momentum heading into the rest of the season,” said Jackson. “I just need to keep it up. I was a minute faster than I was at this meet last year, so this is a good starting point.”

Northwestern won the girls race placing four runners in the top 10 for a team score of 34. Tecumseh finished in second with 79, Mechanicsburg was third with 95, Bellefontaine took fourth with 100, Indian Lake edged Columbus Grove for fifth 117-118, host Ben Logan was seventh with 150 and Waynesfield-Goshen took eighth with 218.

Columbus Grove, which finished seventh at the Division III state meet last season, dominated the boys race. The Bulldogs had four of the top five runners and had their top seven runners finish in no lower than 11th.

The Arrows earned the runner-up spot with 66, the Warriors were third with 72, the Chieftains came in fourth with 79, the Raiders finished in fifth with 135, W-Goshen was sixth with 153 and M’burg took seventh with 191.

Girls results

Bellefontaine senior standout Amber Jones led her squad. She began near the front of the girls race, but fell back and still finished in a respectable sixth place with a time of 22:30.4.

Recording top 30 finishes for BHS were Maddi Butler in 20th (24:52.7), Mallory Stolly in 22nd (25:11.2) and Casey Mehl in 28th (25:56.6).

The remaining Chieftains were Olivia Breckler in 34th (26:47.7), Karen Garcia in 35th (26:49.4), Sarah Vetorino in 37th (27:05.8), Hannah Clayton in 41st (27:25.5), Naomi Orndorf in 59th (29:30.1), Melanie Moon in 61st (29:58.2), Emma Earick in 62nd (30:21.4) and Brook LeVan in 70th (31:24.2).

Indian Lake was led by senior Katie Ray who finished 11th with a time of 23:27.5, while Dianna Meek, Leslie Reichert and Ellen Schwieterman all turned in top 25 finishes. Meek took 19th (24:45.05), Reichert was 23rd (25:15.6) and Schwieterman came in 25th (25:35.5).

Also for the Lakers, MaCaleb Miller was 52nd (29:03.3), Corine Thomas was 55th (29:15.3) and Josie Taylor was 66th (31:00.3).

Krystal Null paced Ben Logan’s girls with a 15th-place finish (24:02.4).

Others in the top 50 were Morgan Allen in 30th (26:19.9), Lauren Johns in 33rd (26:45.6), Caitlyn Morgan in 42nd (27:50.03), Ashley Gearheart in 45th (28:04.6) and Kelsey Baughman in 47th (28:17.6).

Rounding out the Raiders were Carli Henman in 65th (30:54.3), Amanda Frasure in 67th (31:04.4), Jessica Skidmore in 71st (31:30.8), Madison Leis in 74th (32:47.9), Haley Jones in 77th (33:08.8), Jessica Goff in 87th (38:09.01) and Katie Honaker in 88th (40:11.9).

Triad had two runners compete as individuals. Freshman Alyssa Ferguson had a standout day finishing in 12th (23:28.8) and Miranda Linscott finished 73rd (32:38.9).

The Pirates also saw Emily Teague finish in 50th with a time of 28:21.4.

Boys results

Columbus Grove dominated the boys team race and saw its top runner Jake Graham win the field of 102 runners in a time of 16:53.1.

Top finishers for Bellefontaine were Blake Olson in 12th (19:16.3), Jay Clement in 14th (19:46.7), Storm Harman in 15th (20:02.6), David Guajardo in 16th (20:04.5) and Josh Haisley in 24th (20:40.1).

Others racing for BHS were Kyle Harris in 44th (22:50.4), Bob Vermillion in 45th (22:54.0), Dyllan Laber in 54th (23:24.03), Corey McLaughlin in 57th (23:30.1), Keith Wisecup in 64th (23:37.1), Zach Smith in 68th (23:56.7), Dean Smith in 83rd (25:22.8) and Cody Proffitt in 86th (25:36.8).

Rounding out the rest of the Chieftains were Cameron Minter in 94th (28:06.3), Drew Nye in 96th (32:50.5), Zack Bodemiller in 97th (32:53.7), Michael Coakley in 98th (35:16.09), Tyson Yeager in 99th (37:32.3) and Scotty Conover in 101st (38:55.4).

The Raider boys saw Wyatt Warren lead the way in 27th (21:04.7) with Adam Kavanagh close behind in 29th (21:06.6) and Cameron Johnson in 30th (21:09.0).

Also in action were Trent Rees in 41st (22:24.3), Troy Sellhorst in 42nd (22:37.9), Sean Daugherty in 63rd (23:35.7), Logan Glauner in 73rd (24:39.04), Connor Wilkins in 79th (24:47.6) and Matt Kavanagh in 84th (25:27.5).

Indian Lake, Triad and Riverside did not score as teams, but did have several runners compete as individuals.

The Lakers’ saw Tyler Avila come in 39th (22:09.2), Zack Oakley take 50th (23:00.6), Brandon Huffman finish in 66th (23:52.2.) and Cameron Young come in 89th (26:10.2).

For Triad, Chad Reisinger was 32nd (21:22.9), Ryan Kaylor was 51st (23:11.8), Tanner Stengel was 69th (23:57.03) and Zack Moore was 93rd (28:00.5).

The brother tandem of Brett and Ben Rappold competed for Riverside. Brett Rappold finished in 65th (23:40.5) and Ben Rappold took 70th (24:00.8).

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