Tanner Hostetler, a Pettisville freshman, ran her way to a district cross country championship, Saturday, Oct. 18.
She finished ahead of the other 78 girls entered in the Division III District 2 meet in Ottawa.
Hostetler led the way as the PHS girls and boys teams both advanced to the regional meet, Saturday, Oct. 25 in Tiffin.
Both teams finished fourth at district. The top four teams and individuals in the top 16 made the cut for regional.
Also advancing in the girls race were Liberty Center, district champion; Fayette, and Lima Central Catholic.
With an official finish time of 19 minutes, 44 seconds, Hostetler crossed the finish line seven seconds ahead of the second place runner from Pandora- Gilboa.
Brady Avina, a sophomore, covered the course in 20:56 to finish 10th. Rachel Beck, a junior, was 23rd in 22:23.
Lexie King, another freshman, was 30th in 22:44. Taylore Lantz, a sophomore, rounded out the scoring for the Birds, coming in 51st in 24:57.
Other PHS runners, their places and times: 64. Jackie Morrill 26:22; 74. Kayla King 28:40.
Delta won the district title in the boys race. Stryker and Lima Central Catholic also advanced.
Austin Borton, a senior, led the Birds with a third-place finish. He ran the course in 16:44.
Lincoln Frey, a junior, was eighth in 17:15. Two other juniors, Brandon Hamilton and Chris Matthews, were third and fourth for the Blackbirds. Hamilton finished 31st in 18:39. Matthews chased Hamilton in, finishing 32nd in 18:43.
Aaron Bruner, a freshman, was the final scoring runner for Pettisville, coming in 52nd in 20:02.
Other PHS runners, their places and times: 60. Trevor Lantz 20:31; 72. Zach Davis 21:27.
“Overall, neither team had their best day as a team, but we are happy to be moving on,” said Tom Wagner, longtime Pettisville cross country coach.
“There is a lot of potential in both teams, and hopefully we will do even better at the regional meet.”
The regional meet is held at Hedges Boyer Park in Tiffin. The D-III boys race starts at 11:05 a.m., and the D-III girls race runs at 1:20 p.m.
The top four teams and individuals in the top 16 advance to the state meet in Columbus.