Toby Hardwick’s big season continued Saturday.
The Newark runner finished fourth in a time of 15:58 at the regional cross country meet at Pickerington North, earning a spot at next Saturday’s Division I state meet.
The state meet will be held at National Trail Raceway in Hebron.
Isaac Wheeler (57th, 17:16) also finished well for the Wildcat boys, and Lauren Fischer (30th, 20:05) and Brigit Luecke (55th, 20:35) were the top placers for the Newark girls.
Watkins Memorial had two qualifiers with Andrew Jordan (16th, 16:17) for the boys and Josie Woosley (15th, 19:38) for the girls. It was the second consecutive year Woosley finished in that spot, and she led the Warriors to an 11th-place finish with 261 points.
Also scoring for Watkins’ girls were Samantha Hyme (27th, 20:03), Raechal Schoenberger (54th, 20:35), Natalie Watson (91st, 21:31) and Josie Cotugno (108th, 22:22).
Newark Catholic’s Mary Richardson (19:36) finished fourth and Granville Christian’s Lauren Keiser (19:54) finished ninth in the Division III regional to qualify for state.
Kat Bowman (34th, 21:13) also fared well the Green Wave.
Tanner Ernest (20th, 17:30) was the lone NC boys representative.
Division II at Troy
Micaela DeGenero (19:23) finished ninth to lead the Granville girls team to a state berth in the state tournament.
The Blue Aces finished third with 87 points.
Granville’s Alyssa Atkinson (14th, 19:32) and Claire Lamb (19th, 19:46) also placed in the top 20. Cassidy Carey (37th, 20:28) and Tori Flowers (45th, 20:43) rounded out the Blue Ace scoring.
Granville’s boys team finished fifth with 148 points, just missing a state berth. Tyler Otterstedt (11th, 16:36) and Robbie Weaver (15th, 16:40) both qualified for the state meet. Also scoring for the Blue Aces were Ryan Black (22nd, 17:01), Kyle VanNess (55th, 17:35) and Tyler Keenan (76th, 17:59).
Lakewood’s Chris Briggs (21st, 17:01) and Licking Valley’s Griffin Butler (29th, 17:14) also competed.