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Salem’s Christopher keeps on moving at multi-state event

KETTERING — There is no time to rest for Salem senior Hunter Christopher.

Fresh off an eighth-place finish in the Ohio Division II state cross country meet, Christopher placed seventh at the Mid-East Cross Country Championships on Saturday.

Christopher was the highest Ohioan in a 36-runner field that also included the top runners from Michigan and Indiana.

He finished the 3.1-mile course at Indian Riffle Park in 16 minutes, 4.12 seconds.

Two-time Ohio Division III state runner-up Demetrius Snellenberger of East Canton was 11th (16:10.16).

Lake Orion (Michigan) senior Andrew Nolan was the winner in 15:46.46.

The girls winner was Walled Lake Western (Michigan) senior Maryam Sheena in 18:24.9. Cleveland Heights Beaumont senior Addison Ciecierski was the top Ohioan, finishing 12th (19:07.0).

The race has been held annually since 1987.

Runners shine

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — John Carroll sophomore Ian Pierson and Mount Union freshman Jeff Joseph are continuing their outstanding cross country season.

Pierson helped John Carroll to a third-place finish at the Great Lakes Regional with with 90 points, trailing only Calvin with 43 and Otterbein with 64. Mount Union was sixth with 191 points.

Pierson was 11th out of 255 men’s runners (24:30.6), while Joseph was 21st (24:37.5). Both were high school state qualifiers, Pierson at South Range and Joseph at West Branch.

Due to course conditions, the men ran 7.5K instead of 8K and the women’s also was shortened from 6K to 5.6K.

For the Mount Union women, senior Sarah Mason of Marlington was 47th (22:40.47), freshman Julia Magliocca of Canfield was 85th out of 233 runners (23:20.98) and sophomore Bri Biery of West Branch was 163rd (25:30.7).

YSU at regional

MADISON, Wisconsin — Several area women competed at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on the Thomas Zimmer Cross Country Course on Saturday afternoon.

For the Youngstown State women, freshman Morgan Cole of Carrollton was 108th out of 215 runners (22.22.6), junior Ashleigh Rowley of Western Reserve was 140th (22:58.0O), sophomore Maggie Sebest of Poland was 149th (23:10.9), sophomore Mackenzie Scott of Minerva was 164th (23:31.9) and junior Xena Maali of South Range was 170th (23:47.8).

Cleveland State freshman Haley Rozeski of Salem was 212th (26:48.1).

The YSU women finished 20th with 590 points.

The women ran a 6K and the men 10K.

In the men’s 201-runner field, Ohio State freshman Giovanni Copploe of Canfield was 61st (31:54.7) and Youngstown State junior Cole Lovett of Carrollton was 162nd (34:09.8).

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