GALION — The turnaround from Saturday’s Galion Cross County Festival to Tuesday’s Crawford County Meet did nothing to slow down the Colonel Crawford boys team.
The Eagles won their first county title since 2009 with 39 points, followed by Galion with 50 points and Bucyrus with 59 points.
“We ran very well Saturday and most of the kids ran (personal records) for the season, so to come over here Tuesday, I think a lot of them equaled that or did better which is a tremendous effort,” Colonel Crawford coach Jody Grove said. “It’s kind of hard to get two days off, race again and PR again. That’s a challenge I put down to them. Don’t come out there flat because it’s the county meet. We can’t afford to be flat here.”
Senior Payton Delaney led the Eagles with a fifth-place finish and personal best time of 17:07.15. Colonel Crawford’s top six runners all finished under 18:00.
“We’ve been trying to do that the past two years and it finally clicked today,” sophomore Clay Martin, who finished sixth with a personal best time of 17:11.08, said.
Galion’s Chris McElligot won the race with a time of 16:38.1, followed by teammates Dominic Erlsten (17:01) and Zane Ekin (17:01.25).
On the girls side, the Tigers won their seventh consecutive county meet with 27 points. Bucyrus finished with 45 points, followed closely by Wynford with 48 points.
“We didn’t want this to be the year that broke the streak,” said Galion senior Macy Johnson, who finished third with a time of 21:36.46.
Tigers sophomore Justine Yunker shattered her personal record for a first place time of 20:56.50. Wynford’s Ellie Richmond took second with a time of 21:20.16.
“I was proud of myself because I’m getting tested for asthma and I was not expecting a really good drop in time like that,” Yunker said.