PATASKALA — Both the Fredericktown boys and girls cross country teams, as well as the Centerburg girls, advanced to regional competition after strong days at the districts Saturday.
The Fredericktown girls team rolled to a victory in the second section of Division III district competition, as four runners were in the top 20 at Watkins Memorial High School.
Emily Roberts finished second overall, running in a time of 18:39.98. Rebekah Haip was next to cross the finish line, breaking the tape at 19:20.53, while Hope Huvler (20:41.09) and Halla Jones (21:27.01), were 12th and 18th, respectively.
“This is the first time in nearly 10 years (the girls won),” said Fredericktown coach Denny Stevens. “They won a conference title and backed it up with a strong performance here. They ran extremely well.”
The East Knox girls’ team finished eighth in that heat, but Kelly Dobbins will move on to regionals after she finished 11th overall in a time of 20:36.71.
The Freddie boys also advanced to regionals as a team, finishing third. Centerburg’s boys just missed qualifying, finishing fifth. The top four teams and individuals in the top 16 advance to regionals at Pickerington next Saturday.
Fredericktown’s Isaac Potes cruised to the individual victory in the race, not hardly breaking a sweat in a time of 15:52.26. Sean Kennedy finished fourth in a time of 16:43.44, while Nick Gaumer was 10th with a personal best time of 17:09.46.