Blanchester’s Hunter Browning wrapped up a “near perfect” cross country season Sunday by finishing sixth in the Div. II boys race at the Ohio Middle School State Championships at Groveport-Madison High School.
In the state meet, Browning clocked a 10:53.4.
“Breaking 11 minutes is very rare at the middle school level,” said Blanchester coach Tony Blevins. “
Also at the state meet, Blanchester’s Tanner Creager was 36th in a time of 11:42.4
Blevins said Browning’s “near perfect” season included 10 invitational victories, including the Southern Buckeye Conference Athletic and Academic Conference championship meet.
Including the state meet, Browning was defeated by just eight runners in 13 meets this season. He also was second in the Ohio Classic and third in the Kings Invitational middle school meet “against mostly Div. I schools,” Blevins said.
“It was a pleasure to watch him race each week,” said Blevins. “He loves to run and is not afraid to work hard in practice to get better. He has the potential to become an elite high school runner.”
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