COLUMBUS — The National Trail Cross Country teams traveled to Columbus Grove to compete against some tough competition over the Labor Day weekend.
The high school boys, competing in the large school race, were able to place sixth out of 23 schools with a total of 141 points, 15 points off finishing third in the race.
“The boys put in some good times for this early in the season,” said coach Christine Byrd. “This team is getting better and better. The high school girls also ran some fast times on the day with each girl posting season best while cutting two to four minutes off their times from last week.”
Wauseon won the boys’ team title with a 49. Anna was a distant second with 108. Findlay and Anthony Wayne tied at third place with 125, with Fairview and National Trail followed with 135 and 141 respectively.
Trail was led by Josh Bishop, who ran a personal best time of 17:21, placed 18th out of 175 runners and was closely trailed by Adam Eyler who placed 20th at a season best of 17:27.
The Blazers had strong performances from Lane Unger, 30th, Weston Haws, 36th, Travis Hunt, 37th, Peyton Harrison, 46th, and Jesse Biser, 60th.
Runners who posted personal records included Bishop, Hunt, and Jack Weaver, with a time of 23:58.
Katie Buehner set a personal record and Evan Byrd led the girls while placing 22nd in competion against 24 teams. JaLynn Byrd posted a strong time for herself with a 24:21. The girls competed in the small school division, but did not have enough members to place as a team.
The Blazers will look to build off a strong weekend when they travel to Brookville on Saturday, Sept. 10.
Reach Oliver Sanders at 937-683-4062 or on Twitter @osanders_RH
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