MT. ORAB – For the second year in a row, Savannah Rhodes led the Blanchester High School girls cross country team to the SBAAC National Division title.
Rhodes was first among 37 runners Saturday in the SBAAC National Division race, finishing in 21:00.58. She successfully defended her SBAAC National Division runner of the year honors.
Teammate Olivia Gundler was runnerup in the race, finishing in 21:23.74, to give the Ladycats a strong 1-2 punch. They needed it for the 54 to 67 win over Bethel-Tate in the team standings.
The girls league title is the fourth overall and second straight in coach Tony Blevins 13 seasons at BHS.
Alex Hughes was the lone East Clinton runner, placing 35th in 35:34.66.
On the boys side, Aiden Henson of East Clinton led the local charges by finishing fourth out of 61 runners. The Astro runner clocked a 17:53.18.
Sean Holland was the first Blanchester runner to cross the finish line, placing fifth in 18:16.16.
Oct 14 2017
SBAAC National Division
Cross Country Championships
Girls team scores
Blanchester 54 Bethel-Tate 67 Georgetown 67 Williamsburg 68 Felicity-Franklin 75
Girls individuals (37 runners)
Savannah Rhodes (B) 1st in 21:00.58; Olivia Gundler (B) 2nd 21:23.74; Alexis Davis (B) 13th in 23:26.88; Angelia Brown (B) 17th in 24:25.13; Tatum Kirby (B) 27th in 26:01.37; Alex Hughes (EC) 35th in 35:34.66
Boys team scores
Bethel-Tate 39 Blanchester 60 Felicity-Franklin 62 Georgetown 87 Clermont NE 109 Williamsburg 161
Boys individuals (61 runners)
Jackson Coates (BT) 1st in 17:17.64; Aiden Henson (EC) 4th in 17:53.18; Sean Holland (B) 5th in 18:16.16; Ricky Davis (B) 7th in 18:24.95; Tyler Holland (B) 11th in 18:37.76; Ashton Steward (B) 19th in 19:02.71;Matthew O’Neill (B) 27th in 20:16.5; Samuel Reinhart (B) 38th in 20:59.43; Matt Holland (B) 47th in 22:04.44; Jacob Howard (EC) 49th in 22:17.94; John Cline (EC) 50th in 22:40.78; Josh Cline (EC) 54th in 24:05.62; Bill Rannells (B) 61st in 29:14.55