Sheridan’s girls cross country team felt all along it could win its district.
It backed up its thinking on Saturday.
Andrea Mick was third of 70 runners to lead six Generals in the top 15, as they edged Chillicothe Zane Trace to win the Division II district at Rio Grande.
Sheridan totaled 42 points, three points ahead of runner-up Zane Trace (45) and 40 points ahead of third-place Circleville (82).
New Lexington, led by Anna Gillen’s 16th-place finish, was sixth with 154.
The top four teams and top 16 individuals advanced to the district next Saturday at Pickerington North.
Mick finished in 19:58.4, trailing only first-place Jessie Proehl (19:30.4) and runner-up Jenna Liston of Circleville (19:53.4).
Katy Foltz was sixth (20:41.9), Jessi Habegger eighth (20:44.7), Danae Forgrave 11th (21:01.1) and Heather Findlay 15th (21:32.5), all of whom earned All-District honors.
“All year long we’ve been hearing how the southeast district teams were really good and we’ve run on courses in Lancaster and Hilliard and places close to home,” Sheridan coach Bart Smith said. “We don’t run on many fast courses. All year long I’ve felt like we were the No. 1 seed at our district.”
The win came on the heels of a dominant showing at the Muskingum Valley League meet last weekend.
It was the Generals’ third district title in four years.
“We’ve got girls who have run 45 miles a week for seven weeks now, and this week we took a little bit of their mileage off to try and let them recover,” Smith said. “This has been a process of four years trying to figure out how to peak with this group. … Now we’re looking at these next two meets being our big ones.”
Gillen finished in 21:48.0, while freshman Hailey Groves was 30th (23:06.6) and Lauryn Shiplett 42nd (25:01.4) for New Lex.
In the boys race, Matt Bromley cruised to a 16:25.3 to win by 28 seconds as Sheridan (55) was second behind Proctorville Fairland (52).
Freshman Joey Palumbo was eighth (17:30.8) and seniors Mac Bloom (17:36.7) and Nathan Smith (18:00.9) came in 10th and 15th, respectively, for Sheridan. Clay Fisher was 21st (18:17.4), Garrett Gwinn 22nd (18:25.8) and Keith Clellan 23rd (18:26.5) for the Generals.
Proctorville Fairland’s Raine Wireman was second in 16:53.2 and Zane Trace’s Cory Miles (17:11.1) was third.
New Lex was 10th with 298 points. Dalton Erwin’s 53rd place finish led the Panthers.
Chris Orecchio placed 19th to lead Crooksville runners in the Division III race.
* West M’s Paul wins district crown: At Cambridge, West Muskingum junior Lauren Paul ran 19:09 to win the Division II East District race and highlighted a slew of regional qualifiers from the MVL.
The top four teams and 16 individuals will compete at Pickerington next Saturday.
John Glenn’s Rheanna Wilson came in second (19:26), Madison Paul of West was seventh (20:19), and Maysville’s Capria Hall finished 10th (20:35) to advance to the regional. The Morgan girls also qualified, placing third out of 12 teams with 121 points as Cambridge won with 108.
Baylee Garrett (21:02) and Cheyenne Hanson (21:08) were 14th and 15th, respectively, to pace the Raiders. Tayler Smith came in 24th (21:56), Sarah Beam 33rd (22:17) and Virginia Ferrell 35th (22:25) to round out Morgan’s scoring.
West Muskingum finished sixth, Maysville seventh, John Glenn 10th and Philo 12th. John Glenn’s Moriah Carson just missed, finishing 17th, six seconds behind the last qualifier.
Morgan’s James Sheets advanced as he took fourth in the boys race in 16:44 to lead area competitors.
Woody Jamiel came in seventh (17:04), Dylon Graham 10th (17:39) and Zac Klies 12th (17:39) to lead John Glenn to a third-place finish with 93 points. West Holmes won with 51, and St. Clairsville took second with 89.
Trace Schaad came in 21st (17:51) for Morgan, which was seventh, and Connor Wright led Maysville with a 22nd-place finish (17:54).
West M’s Ryan Burkhart was 45th (19:13) to lead area runners in Division III.
* Tri-Valley, ZHS harriers compete in Division I: At Watkins Memorial, Matthew Newsom ran 18:23 to place 45th and led Tri-Valley to a ninth-place finish in Section III of the Division I district meet.
Matt Gray placed 50th (19:12) and Andrew Gray 58th (19:42) for the Scotties, while Matt Sturgill was 60th (19:57) to lead Zanesville, which was 16th out of 18 teams.
Alaina Spears was 29th (21:20) and Sarah O’Flaherty 60th (22:50) as the Tri-Valley girls were 13th out of 14 teams in Section I, and Jessica Savage of Zanesville came in 66th (23:39) in Section III.
Hilliard Darby 4, Zanesville 0: At Hilliard Darby, the Blue Devils’ season came to an end behind a strong offensive effort by the third-seeded Panthers.
Zanesville finishes 11-5-1 on the season.
No other information was reported by deadline.
Pickerington North 3, Tri-Valley 0: At Pickerington North, Tanner Ebright scored twice in the first half as the Panthers (9-5-3) eliminated the Scotties in Division I sectional action.
Ebright’s first score came with 29:45 left in the first half and the second with 22:53 remaining to make it 2-0 at half. The Panthers added a penalty kick late in the second half. Tri-Valley was outshot 12-8, although the Scotties (9-3-4) held an edge on shots in the second half. David McAllister finished with seven stops in the loss.
* West Holmes 5, Tri-Valley 3: At Duncan Falls, Abby Callahan’s goal with 11:14 left in the game gave the Knights (13-4-1) breathing room in their Division II sectional win at the Philo Athletic Complex.
Tri-Valley, which trailed 2-1 at halftime, pulled within 4-3 with 13:39 to play on a goal from Kyrie Bumpus, but Callahan answered off an assist from Shelby Harris to put it away.
Elise Neville and Callahan scored in the first half for the Knights, while Neville scored again to start the second to send her team ahead 3-1. Alex Brown also scored in the second half for West Holmes.
West Holmes held a 13-8 edge in shots on goal. Harris had five saves for the Knights; Lauren Hartnell had eight saves for Tri-Valley (12-5-1).