D-II GIRLS: Lady Pioneers finish as runner-up...Hatfield third
D-III BOYS: Gardner earns All-Ohio with eighth place finish
D-II BOYS: Ross crosses third...Unioto team finishes in eighth
*read below for the entire recap of all three races
The SVC was well represented in Saturday’s State Cross Country Meet at The National Trail Raceway. Up
first for the SVC was the Lady Pioneers of Zane Trace. In the opening mile, Taylor Hatfield was running in the
top-10 just five seconds off the pace, and teammate Jessie Proehl was about seven seconds behind Hatfield
trying to keep an All-Ohio pace. The Zane Trace team was currently running in fourth place.

As the race hit its halfway point, the Lady Pioneers started to make their move at a state title. In the final total,
Zane Trace was able to go one point lower than Kettering Alter to finish as the Division II State Runner-Up just
11 points off champion Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary.

Individually, Hatfield finished third overall with a time of 18:30. Hatfield’s finish was worth two points for
ZT as state champion Sarra Taylor of London was running only as an individual. Proehl also earned individual
recognition as she finished 15th (scoring six points) with a time of 19:08. Rounding out the scoring for the
Lady Pioneers, Cecelia Wallace and Emily Joosse finished back-to-back in 44th and 45th (21 and 22 points)
while Eva Bugg finished in 88th place scoring 49 points to complete Zane Trace’s team total of 100 points.
Rachel Barnitz and Stephanie Glass also ran for ZT on Saturday giving them some experience at the top level as
Zane Trace returns all but Hatfield in 2012 from this year’s state runner-up team.

About an hour later, it was Daniel Gardner’s turn to run for a state title. The Paint Valley senior got
off to a great start as he was running in a tight pack in the first mile. Technically, he hit the first mile mark in
eighth place, but he was just about three seconds off the lead.

The second mile saw Gardner start to slip. He was still running in eighth place with an impressive two-mile
time of 10:10, but the leader had now stretched 13 seconds ahead of Gardner.

Gardner continued to run consistently in the top-10 through the final mile of the race. He finished the day
as the eighth best runner in the state to earn Division III All-Ohio with a time of 16:03.

Last SVC representation came in the Division II boys’ race with Adrian Ross and his Unioto Shermans.
Ross jumped out to the early individual lead in the opening mile as the rest of the Unioto squad followed
somewhere in the top-50 as Unioto was running in eighth-place as a team.

In mile number two, Ross continued to stay in a tight race for the top spot while a few other Shermans started
moving up some slots as Unioto was now in sixth place with a mile to go.

In that final mile, Ross saw an impressive finishing mile from Napoleon’s Steven Weaver and Defiance’s
Abel Flores as Ross finished in third place with a time of 15:52. Weaver and Flores were both running as
individuals, so the third-place finish by Ross did give Unioto a single point in the team standings. Unioto’s
team finished eighth just one point behind seventh-place Van Wert. Ross was followed by Ethan Richter (28th â
€“ 15 points), Anthony Edwards (50th – 30 points), Jeremy Sandusky (77th – 47 points), and Devin
Wheeler (108th – 74 points). Alex Wynn and Brenson Zambarrano also ran for the Tanks Saturday.

Congrats to all the SVC runners for an incredible showing today.
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