NT cross country takes 7th


By Oliver Sanders - osanders@civitasmedia.com



National Trail cross country runner Josh Bishop runs in the Division-III regional tournament held on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Troy. The Blazers finished in 7th place, eliminating them from the state finals.

National Trail cross country runner Josh Bishop runs in the Division-III regional tournament held on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Troy. The Blazers finished in 7th place, eliminating them from the state finals.


Senior Blazer runner Josh Cook battles for position in the Division III boys’ cross country race which was held on Saturday, Oct. 29. at Troy Memorial Stadium.


National Trail senior cross country runner Lane Unger (front) completes the first mile of the regional cross country race held on Saturday, Oct. 29. None of the seven Blazer runners made it to the state finals.


National Trail senior runner Preston Harrison races hard for a favorable position during the first half of the regional cross country tournament held on Saturday, Oct. 29.


Weston Haws (right) of National Trail runs in the regional tournament on Saturday, Oct. 29.


TROY — Despite finishing in seventh at the Division III Regional Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Troy, the National Trail boys’ team did not qualify to continue on to the state finals.

Trail finished with 181 team points on the day. Only the top four teams and the top 16 individuals qualify for the state championships.

“We didn’t run our best, I know the boys are disappointed,” said National Trail coach James Byrd. “They had a great year, great season, made conference champions again. For the senior group, it’s hard because we lose five good men. It was hard to go out on this note, we were hoping to go on to state next week. But we are going to celebrate today at least on the season and on the career that they had. The senior group did a lot to build the program to where it is now.”

The Blazers started off in good position during the first kilometer of the race, but were soon separated as the racers stretched out. Sophomore Josh Bishop was the first Blazer runner to finish, placing 34th at the 17:46 mark. Adam Eyler crossed the finish line in 43rd with a time of 17:58 among a group of five runners who were separated by one stride or less.

Senior team captain Lane Unger came in 51st at 18:12, while sophomore Travis Hunt was a few strides behind him, placing 53rd in 18:15.

Seniors Weston Haws (72nd, 18:47), Josh Cook (74th, 18:49), and Peyton Harrison (80th, 18:56) rounded out the Blazers roster.

Fort Loramie dominated the regional championships with a team score of 48. The team had runners finish in second, third, and fourth, while its final two runners to score took 18th and 21 respectively. Cincinnati Summit Country Day was runner-up with 101 points. Anna (134) and Clark Montessori (137) round out the top four teams which will compete in the state championships set for Saturday, Nov. 5, at the National Trail Raceway in Hebron.

National Trail seniors Cook, Green, Harrison, Haws, and Unger, won three of the last four Cross County Conference championships and numerous season tournaments.

“I can talk all day long on each of these guys,” said Byrd. “Lane and the growth he’s had as a leader. Peyton as a leader since his first day back in seventh grade, it was fun to watch him grow up. Weston once brought up that he really didn’t want to run cross country back in seventh grade but winning has been addictive and he’s been with us ever since. Austin didn’t run with us today, but he’s one of those guys who’s fun to have around. Just a great leader. Josh has put in a lot of work to be where he is now. They are just a great group of kids who will be missed.”

National Trail cross country runner Josh Bishop runs in the Division-III regional tournament held on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Troy. The Blazers finished in 7th place, eliminating them from the state finals.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/41/2016/11/web1_NT-Josh-Bishop.jpgNational Trail cross country runner Josh Bishop runs in the Division-III regional tournament held on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Troy. The Blazers finished in 7th place, eliminating them from the state finals.

Senior Blazer runner Josh Cook battles for position in the Division III boys’ cross country race which was held on Saturday, Oct. 29. at Troy Memorial Stadium.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/41/2016/11/web1_NT-Josh-Cook.jpgSenior Blazer runner Josh Cook battles for position in the Division III boys’ cross country race which was held on Saturday, Oct. 29. at Troy Memorial Stadium.

National Trail senior cross country runner Lane Unger (front) completes the first mile of the regional cross country race held on Saturday, Oct. 29. None of the seven Blazer runners made it to the state finals.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/41/2016/11/web1_NT-Lane-Unger.jpgNational Trail senior cross country runner Lane Unger (front) completes the first mile of the regional cross country race held on Saturday, Oct. 29. None of the seven Blazer runners made it to the state finals.

National Trail senior runner Preston Harrison races hard for a favorable position during the first half of the regional cross country tournament held on Saturday, Oct. 29.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/41/2016/11/web1_NT-Preston-Harrison.jpgNational Trail senior runner Preston Harrison races hard for a favorable position during the first half of the regional cross country tournament held on Saturday, Oct. 29.

Weston Haws (right) of National Trail runs in the regional tournament on Saturday, Oct. 29.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/41/2016/11/web1_NT-Weston-Haws.jpgWeston Haws (right) of National Trail runs in the regional tournament on Saturday, Oct. 29.

By Oliver Sanders

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