CEDARVILLE — Wilmington sophomore Simon Heys qualified for the upcoming Div. I Southwest Regional cross country meet at Troy’s Memorial Stadium.

Heys clocked his second fastest time of the year, finishing in 17:04. He holds the WHS record at 16:41. He was 28th overall and the top 32 individuals advanced to the regional meet.

Heys will run in the regional meet 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Troy.

Wilmington’s Tyler Parks and Ryland Bowman were disqualified from the race, as was a runner from Bellbrook.

“Halfway through the race Tyler got stepped on from behind,” WHS coach Eileen Grosse said. “Then he stepped in a hole.”

Grosse said Parks, who has been a strong runner for the Hurricane this season, had issues with both his Achilles tendon and knee as a result of the mishaps.

Shortly after Parks had his problems, teammate Bowman came to his rescue.

“Ryland assisted him (Parks) to the finish, along with a kid from Edgewood,” Grosse said.

As a result of the DQs, Wilmington finished 17th in the team standings.

“We had hoped for better than that,” Grosse said. “But you can’t get upset with kids who tried to help a fellow team member.”

SUMMARY

October 22, 2016

Div. I District Meet

@Elvin R King Course, Cedarville University

Div I Boys Results

(Top 8 teams and individuals in top 32 advance to regional)

Team

Centerville 72 Lebanon 75 Beavercreek 95; Wilmington 419

Individuals

1, Conant Smith, Middletown, 15:57.84; 28, Simon Heys 17:04; 75, Bayden Stephens 18:25; 84, Ricky Dungan 18:47; 100, Drew Spendlove 18:58; 132, Ian Holmes 19:57

Div II Girls Results

(Top 7 teams and individuals in top 28 advance to regional meet)

Team

Tippecanoe 49 Bellbrook 74 Springfield Shawnee 92; Wilmington 475; Clinton-Massie did not have a complete team

Individuals

1, Perry Bockrath, Alter, 18:52.31; 86, Ali Dooley 22:47; 87, Hailey Fugate 22:52; 99, Sarah Wright 23:21; 124, Heather Fryman 24:44; 131, Kerrigan Tofte 26:07; 139, Jessica Angst 27:22

An unidentified runner from Edgewood, 7882, and Wilmington’s Ryland Bowman, 7909, helps Wilmington’s Tyler Parks, 7913, to the finish during Saturday’s Div. I Cedarville district cross country meet at Cedarville University’s Elvin R. King Course. All three were disqualified from the race. OHSAA rules do not allow for any runner to assist a runner to the finish.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2016/10/web1_CC_helpinghand.jpgAn unidentified runner from Edgewood, 7882, and Wilmington’s Ryland Bowman, 7909, helps Wilmington’s Tyler Parks, 7913, to the finish during Saturday’s Div. I Cedarville district cross country meet at Cedarville University’s Elvin R. King Course. All three were disqualified from the race. OHSAA rules do not allow for any runner to assist a runner to the finish. Kyle Shaner | Civitas Media

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