Austin Borton, a Pettisville senior, earned All-Ohio honors at the boys Division III state cross country meet, Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Scioto Downs race track in Columbus.
Borton finished 21st, crossing the finish line in front of thousands of cheering spectators. His official finish time for the 3.1-mile race was 16 minutes, 22 seconds.
The state meet begins and ends on the Scioto Downs race track in front of stands filled with spectators, a different setting than most cross country meets.
Borton was Pettisville’s only qualifier for the boys race, so there was no team ranking for the Blackbirds.
The top 25 runners in each division earn All-State honors. Borton also earned All-State honors last year.
Isaiah Bragg from Fairfield Cincinnati Christian won in 15:54.
Pettisville’s other state runner was Tanner Hostetler, a freshman, who competed in the Div. III girls race. She ran the course in 20:14, finishing 41st.
Stephanie Morgan, a senior from Barnesville, won with a 17:57 run.
Hostetler was the top Fulton County runner in D- III and the sixth freshman across the finish line.
Tom Wagner, PHS varsity cross country coach, was proud of both runners.
“Austin did a great job and made All-Ohio for the second year,” he said. “Tanner had a great season, and did very well for a freshman runner.”
Hostetler was the MVP in the Buckeye Border Conference, was the district champion, and won several invitational meets during the season.