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PHS Cross Country Runs At Regional




Dominic Frey, left, was the only Blackbird to run in the Div. III regional boys cross country race, Saturday, Oct. 30. He placed 68th. Brady Avina, right, was the first Pettisville runner across the finish line in the girls race. She placed 56th.–photos courtesy     Jack Frey

Dominic Frey, left, was the only Blackbird to run in the Div. III regional boys cross country race, Saturday, Oct. 30. He placed 68th. Brady Avina, right, was the first Pettisville runner across the finish line in the girls race. She placed 56th.–photos courtesy Jack Frey

Pettisville cross country runners ended their season, Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Division III regional meet in Tiffin, with no one advancing to compete at state.

Dominic Frey was the only Blackbird in the boys race. Frey, a freshman, ran the course in 17 minutes, 46 seconds to finish 68th.

“Dominic ran a solid race,” said Tom Wagner, Pettisville coach. “For a freshman he did very well.”

Only two of the runners ahead of Frey were freshmen, with juniors and seniors dominating.

The Pettisville girls team qualified for the regional, so the top seven runners all competed at Tiffin. The team finished 12th with 290 points.

Liberty Center won the regional crown easily, earning just 54 points with three runners in the top 10.

Ashland Crestview placed second with 86.

Brady Avina, a senior, was the first Blackbird across the line, finishing 56th in 21:27. Tanner Hostetler was 67th in 21:42. Samantha Shinhearl, earned 76th in 21:59, and Lexie King was 80th in 22:06.

The final scoring runner was Amber Loar, who was 107th in 23:25.

Taylor D’Alelio was 109th in 23:27 and Lauren Hostetler finished 121st in 25:37.

“The girls were disappointed,” Wagner said. “They didn’t reach all their goals. But the competition was tough, and we just didn’t have our best day.

“But we had a great season winning the Buckeye Border Conference championship for the second year, and making it to regionals as a team. They can be proud of that.”

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