WHS, EC runners battle tough field, elements at Lebanon

LEBANON — East Clinton and Wilmington participated Saturday in the Warrior Running Invitational sponsored by Buckeye Running Co.

The competition was fierce on all sides, plus weather played a factor.

“Rain, heavy at times, thunder and lightning plagued the event,” EC coach Josh Simmons said. “It was a day for the ducks, for sure.

“It’s never easy to run in rain like that and have the event delayed multiple times.”

For Wilmington, Henry Hildebrandt was 43rd in the boys race, clocking a course record 18:29.4, as the team finished 17th overall.

WHS coach Karen Heslop said, “The runners did great, given all the rain they battled and delays they had to wait out.”

Also for the WHS boys, Oliver McDermott 81st in 19:41.8 (PR), Conner Walters 20:55, Sam Burt 21:054.4, Aiden Matheney 22:02.5, Jeremiah Schlabach 23:08.8, Preston Ziegler 22:76.1, Matthias Brausch 24:12.3, Jayden Comer 28:24.1 (PR).

The East Clinton boys team was 22nd, despite missing lead runner Dylan Arnold.

Jacob George was the first Astro across the line, placing 276th out of 422 in 22:17.

Nick Gates 22:34.1, Jackson Seabaugh 23:35.3, Colton Brockman 23:38.2, Dru Simmons 23:55.3, Hayden Beiting 24:43.6 and Elyon Hackmann 25:11.1 rounded out the EC squad.

In the girls race, Molly Seabaugh of East Clinton ran a personal best time of 21:22.9 and placed 23rd out of 254 runners. Kaylyn Deaton ran 25:29.2.

For Wilmington, Madilyn Brausch was 34th in 21:54.4 and Kennedy Moore ran 46th in 22:27.2 (Course Record). Also, Mia Hollingsworth ran a personal best 27:23.3, Kalli Abbitt 35:39.3 and Alice Clair 36:01.9.