VERSAILLES — Megan Wright came in ninth at the Tour De Sewer in Versailles last weekend, while the Twin Valley South boys cross country team took the eighth spot in the event on Saturday, Sept. 24.
The varsity girls did not have enough runners to score as a team. But what they lacked in numbers, they made up for, thanks in part to Wright who finished with a time of 20:55.60. Maddyn McQueen finished 80th with a time of 27:49.60, while Maggie Johnson finished 100th with a time of 32:06.00.
For the varsity boys, senior Matt Hemmelgarn finished 21st with a time of 18:33.00. Chris Keener was next for TVS, finishing in 31st with a time of 19:08.90. Kyle Saul came in 43rd with a time of 19:45.00.
Brandan Wright crossed the finish line in 53rd with a time of 20:11.50. Seth Craft placed 73rd with a time of 21:15.00. Chris French was the next TVS runner in at 99th with a time of 23:18.10. Finally, Curtis Hittle finished 112th with a time of 25:42.40.
There were 118 runners in the 5K race. South finished eighth of 13 schools in the team standings.
Three boys raced in the junior high division for TVS. Tyler Wright took ninth with a time of 12:18.10, Jon Stewart placed 62nd with a time of 14:16.40, and Austin Tackett finished 78th with a time of 15:02.90.
The junior high girls fielded enough runners to place 13th of 14 schools in the team standings. Isabella Mills was the top South finisher, coming in at 35th with a time of 14:39.30. Abby McGuire finished 62nd with a time of 16:00.60, Abby Utsinger finished 67th with a time of 16:21.10, Pearle Rollyson ended at 85th with a time of 18:18.20, and Brooke Bartrum crossed the line in 89th with a time of 19:20.50.
“I think we had a good day overall,” said TVS coach Richie Faber. “The boys finally got going a little bit. All but one or two hit season bests. (Brandan) Wright continued to run well — he is definitely becoming a bright spot for our program this year. The girls also had a solid day. Most did not hit season bests, but they were close to doing so. Megan had a good finish coming off of her first career win in cross country this past Tuesday at the Preble County Meet.
“This was a good bounce back meet for many after struggling the last couple of meets,” Faber added.
The Panthers will run at the Buck Creek Invitational, to be hosted by Northeastern High School, Saturday, Oct 1.
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