Parker Blain ran a good race at the Division 2 Southeast District meet at Rio Grande University.
The Warren senior cross country standout covered the 5k distance in a clocking of 16 minutes, 54.18 seconds, which was good for third place overall.
Debbie Proctor believes that her protege can do better at the regional event at Pickerington North Saturday at 11 a.m.
KEVIN PIERSON The Marietta Times
Warren's Parker Blain travels across a bridge during the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League meet in Vincent on Oct. 12. Blain won the individual title in the meet with a course record time of 16 minutes, 41 seconds, breaking the mark set by Tyler Cantley in 2007, as the Warren boys won the team title for the sixth straight year.
"Parker actually has dropped a little bit," said the Warriors cross country head coach. "But the district meet course was difficult and hilly. The regional meet course is flat, so I'm looking for some good things out of him."
"Parker is a very focused runner, who takes care of himself nutritionally," the coach continued. "He gets his sleep and does his cross training. He's very coachable. He listens and follows directions. He's willing to work at it."
Blain, the owner of the course record (16:41) at Warren, will be seeking to qualify for the OHSAA Cross Country Championships at National Trail Raceway in Hebron Nov. 2. And, he's hoping to be joined by his royal blue and white teammates.
"We had a good day at district," said Proctor, whose boys' team placed third overall in a field of 10 schools. "But we're going to have to work harder (in the regional) if we're going to go to state (as a team)."
After Blain, Sam Goodman was sixth overall at district with a time of 17:08.26. Brent Ash was eighth in 17:17.17; Jed McGirr, 33rd in 18:42.51; and Matthew Neehouse, 36th in 18:51.87.
"My No. 4 and 5 runners (McGirr and Neehouse) are going to have to cut off 30 seconds in their times," Proctor said. "If all of the boys can run their best and then some, I think we have a good chance of going. It's going to be tough, though, because of the competition in the regional."
Hannah Dugan will be the lone Lady Warrior runner to compete in the regional. At district, the junior harrier ran a 21:47.35. which was good for 14th place overall.
Also competing in the regional event in Division 3 will be the Fort Frye and Caldwell boys and girls teams, and the Belpre boys squad.
At district, the Cadet boys, who include Jon Anderson, Jordan Anderson, Matthew Cheeseman, Ford McElroy, and Matthew Roush, were runners-up, while the Lady Cadet team of Mary Kate McElroy, Katie Hart, Alex Medina, Natalie Hart and Phoebe Thompson was third overall.
The district third-place Caldwell boys will be featuring Tanner Harding, Jonathan Niswonger, Calvin Parmiter, Matt Zwick, and Alex Gregg.
The Lady Redskins, who were second at district, include Jenna Furr, Katie Saling, Lindsey Furr, Lexi Waller, and Anika VanHoose.
The Belpre boys, who won it all at district for the second consecutive year, will be paced by sophomore Cray Sistrunk, the first individual to cross the finish line in 17:23.50. He will be joined by Kyle Windland, Matthew Davis, Matthew Lopreste, Joel Starner, Kenny Schultz, and Hunter Burkey.
The lone Lady Golden Eagle runner scheduled to race in the regional will be Mackenzie Rice.
Waterford will be represented by senior Eli Strahler, who was runner-up in the district tourney in 17:33.18.