The Walton-Verona girls cross country team brought home a team trophy Nov. 7 after the KHSAA state cross country meets at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
Walton finished fourth in 1A girls, part of a an all-Northern Kentucky sweep of the top five spots. Walton scored 170 points to edge fifth-place Villa Madonna by just one point for the final team trophy.
The Bearcats were led by eighth-grader Ashley Akins, who finished one spot out of an individual medal in 16th place, running the 3.1-mile, 5,000-meter course in 20:40. Freshman Megan Wells finished 26th, junior Madison Lohr 35th, sophomore McCall Ponzer 64th and senior Delaney Williams 75th.
In 3A, Ryle senior Justin Reed, the regional champion, was 19th in the state to lead the area.
Cooper, the Region 5 champion, finished 12th in 3A. Senior Caleb Watson finished 41st in 16:39 and was the third-best Northern Kentucky finisher. Sophomore Arthur Sonzogni finished 72nd. Hayden Dwyer was the other senior in the top seven.
Boone County senior Robert Beneker finished 99th in 3A in his final meet.
Cooper freshman Megan Kelter paced Boone County girls in 3A in 57th place out of 237 runners, leading the Jaguars to 16th in the team standings. Eighth-grader Mallory Gray was 92nd.
Conner sophomore Caroline Frye (67th) and Ryle sophomore Amanda Wright (83rd) also finished in the top third of the field.
Boone County boys: 99. Robert Beneker 17:24, 150. Luke Huddleston 17:52.
Conner boys: 155. Macean Cook 17:55.
Conner girls: 67. Caroline Frye 20:12.
Cooper boys (12th in 3A): 41. Caleb Watson 16:39, 72. Arthur Sonzogni 17:03, 100. Jacob Weis 17:25, 111. Michael Hoffman 17:32, 113. Hayden Dwyer 17:33, 114. Nathan Byrd 17:33, 122. Tim Stidham 17:36.
Cooper girls (16th in 3A): 57. Megan Kelter 20:01, 92. Mallory Gray 20:56, 100. Abby Greene 21:01, 104. Julia Henderson 21:06, 116. Isabelle Armstrong 21:15, 145. Erin Mogus 21:41, 227. Ashley Dragan 24:31.
Ryle boys (17th in 3A): 19. Justin Reed 16:22, 92. Oscar Ramirez 17:17, 108. Ryan Roth 17:30, 124. Harrison Bludworth 17:38, 187. Joey Truitt 18:21, 190. Chad Beckwith 18:23, 198. Ben Bloom 18:30.
Ryle girls: 83. Amanda Wright 20:47.
Walton-Verona boys (16th in 1A): 76. Garrett Williams 18:22, 83. Andrew Schultz 18:31, 90. Jonah Duncan 18:37, 123. Josh Walton 19:09, 165. Louis Fritz 20:09, 166. Trey Bonne 20:15, 180. Kenton Krummen 20:42.
Walton-Verona girls (4th in 1A): 16. Ashley Akins 20:40, 26. Megan Wells 21:07, 35. Madison Lohr 21:33, 64. McCall Ponzer 22:18, 75. Delaney Williams 22:31, 113. Saebree McMillin 23:24, 177. Olivia Welte 29:19.
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