NEW WASHINGTON — Colonel Crawford’s boys team picked up another win Saturday at the Buckeye Central Invitational, and the trophies awarded couldn’t have been a better fit.
Bucks coach Pat Logsdon constructed the trophies out of an Eagle, plate and wood base.
“They ran well,” Colonel Crawford coach Jody Grove said. “They are working hard and you can see it.”
The Eagles finished with 50 points, followed by Bucyrus with 80 points and Highland with 139 points out of a field of 14 teams. Six of Colonel Crawford’s runners all finished in the top 20, led by Clay Martin with a third-place time of 17:48.41. Payton Delaney followed close behind in fourth (17:51.92). Rounding out the Eagles scoring were Logan Pfeifer, 12th, 18:22.22; Jon Hoffman, 15th, 18:29.77, and Keith Cotsmire, 16th, 18:31.20.
Last year the Buckeye Central Invitational quickly turned into a mud bowl, and with a considerable amount of rainfall earlier this week, Logsdon was prepared, but the weather remained calm.
“The course is in good shape,” Logsdon said. “When it was still raining Thursday about 4 p.m. I’m thinking, ‘the front is supposed to get out of here.’ I had a big truck load of mulch back there ready to spread out yesterday, but it went well. We had a lot of good help.”
ESPN follows Stoner
An ESPN “E:60” camera crew was in attendance to film Lexington senior Sami Stoner and her guide dog Chloe competing. Earlier this year they shot the Lexington Invitational and plan on filming the Ohio Cardinal Conference championships and an assembly recognizing the Minutemen homecoming court, which Stoner is a part of. The E:60 segment is scheduled to air Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m.
It’s been a whirlwind of a year for Stoner since her story captivated people across the nation last fall. She inspired others suffering from Stargardt disease, which is a juvenile form of macular degeneration. After running cross country in junior high, her vision began to fade in the eighth grade, but she didn’t want to give up the sport she loved.
Both Stoner and Chloe were in good spirits when they crossed the finish line Saturday. At the beginning of the season Chloe was struggling to finish races and was diagnosed with a thyroid issue. She’s since been placed on medications and is happy to be running by Stoner’s side. The pair must wait 20 seconds after the start of a race before they can run for the safety of both the runners and Chloe.
“She’s been on medication about a week now and she laid down once for about 10 seconds then got right back up and finished the race no problem,” Stoner said. “I was very proud of her.”
Football teams have helmet stickers. The Northmor girls cross country team have pink flamingos.
At the beginning of the season the Golden Knights decided each time they won a meet they would decorate their course with a pink flamingo. The lawn decorations are accumulating quickly, with six and counting. Saturday Northmor earned another feathery friend by winning the meet with a score of 49 points, followed by Plymouth with 57 points and Lexington with 63 points.
“Hopefully we can keep adding,” Golden Knights coach Mark Yaussy said. “I’d at least like to add two more. One for conference and one for districts.”
Ontario’s Brett Cortelletti won the boys race with a time of 17:23.73 and Northmor’s Dani Blum won the girls race with a time of 20:27.50.