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Marietta girls, Warren boys win Jeremy Anderson Invite

Photo by Jordan Holland Marietta's Ciara Space runs during Saturday's Jeremy Anderson Invitational at Fort Frye High School.

BEVERLY — The Marietta girls and Warren boys swept the team titles Saturday at the second annual Jeremy Anderson Invitational at Fort Frye High School, and Belpre’s Eli Fullerton claimed his third straight individual title to start the 2020 season.

The Warren boys, led by an eighth place finish from Brennan Perdue, barely beat out second place Fisher Catholic. When the final scores were originally announced, Fisher Catholic had won by two points. However, a later announcement revealed there was an error in the scoring and that Warren had actually edged the Irish 56-58. The Warriors’ tent erupted in excitement at the announcement as they won their fourth straight team title to start the season.

“That’s our fourth win in a row,” said Warren head coach Ryan Werry. “We’ve finished first four races in a row. That’s kind of the boys’ goal, but our ultimate goal is to just keep getting better each week. Each one is a practice leading up to districts. We have goal as a team, we want that district. We want to challenge that. So far the boys have bought in and they’re really working hard.”

Perdue clocked in at 16 minutes, 41 seconds to lead the Warren pack, but Matthews Rauch’s 11th place finish (16:58), Bryson Angelo’s 12th place finish (17:11), Andrew Vincent’s 15th place finish (17:27) and Justin Pate’s 16th place finish (17:36) also helped fuel the victory.

“Brennan’s been finishing first on our team,” Werry said. “Matthew Rauch has been a pretty steady second. He’s been moving up and lots of improvement for him from last year. Andrew Vincent worked hard over the summer. Our top five boys really stuck together over the summer and they worked hard. They’re showing it. Work over the summer and it pays off in the fall.”

Photo by Jordan Holland Belpre's Eli Fullerton celebrates after winning Saturday's Jeremy Anderson Invitational at Fort Frye High School.

For the third time this season, the Belpre duo of Fullerton and Blake Rodgers finished 1-2 in a race.

Fullerton, an All-Ohio runner last season, shattered the course record of 16:34, clocking in at an impressive 15:28. The previous record was held by former Fort Frye Cadet Justin Anderson, younger brother of Jeremy Anderson, who passed away unexpectedly last year.

Fullerton overcame some early-race aches to put together a dominant performance.

“First 100 meters my legs were hurting a little bit,” the Golden Eagle said. “We had a lot of tough workouts this week. But after that I felt really good, really strong. So I just tried to keep it consistent all day.

“My goal was to go under 16-flat. I heard it was a pretty fast course. Wasn’t expecting to go 15:28 and definitely wasn’t expecting Blake to break 16 either. So proud of the team. We’ve been putting in a lot of hard work. It’s just awesome.”

Rodgers, just a freshman, finished in 15:51.

“He’s just killing it every single practice and we’re just going at it,” Fullerton said of his teammate.

Davis Leach added a 27th place (18:31) finish for Belpre, followed by Evan Wells in 31st (19:06) and Kayden Wright in 45th (20:10). It all added up to a third place finish for the short-handed Golden Eagles.

“We don’t have our third or seventh runner right now,” Fullerton said. “They’re both injured at the moment but they should be back this coming weekend at Belpre. Pretty happy with third overall.”

Fisher Catholic’s Patrick Kerney placed third (16:01) while teammates Aiden Jackson (16:28) an Noah Sharp (16:36) finished sixth and seventh, respectively.

Bellaire’s Jacob Definbaugh grabbed fourth place with a time of 16:06. Marietta freshman Ezra Minard earned a top five finish, clocking in at 16:21 for fifth place. Eastern’s Brayden O’Brien (16:49) came in ninth while Fort Frye freshman Phinn Spindler rounded out the top 10 with a time of 16:55.

The Cadet boys placed ninth as a team. Caldwell finished fourth as a team with Andrew Sheanshang (17:36) coming in 17th to produce the Redskins’ top finish.

The Tiger boys placed fifth as a team, led by Minard. Nathan Johnson added a 16th place finish (18:46) while Ethan Young was close behind in 28th (18:52).

On the girls side, it was Marietta which took home the first place trophy. The Tigers defeated second place Warren, 70-84.

“The girls have been working hard in practice and it’s paying off,” said MHS head coach Jon Tynan. “We’ve been changing some things up trying to keep them fresh for race day. It’s super exciting to see them come together like this.”

Ciara Space was the race’s leader for two miles, but Fisher Catholic’s Natalie Boyden took the lead down the stretch and won with a time of 19:18, a new course record.

Space finished second with a time of 19:25

“Ciara Space has been doing a great job for us this season,” Tynan praised. “She’s really going to have a great senior year. We’re looking forward to seeing what she’s got.”

Ava Gebczyk gave the Tigers a fourth place finish at 20:02, finishing just behind Warren’s Grace Randall, who clocked in at 20:01.

Coming in 13th and 14th were Marietta’s Lynncoln Tynan (21:33) and Hannah Lovejoy (21:35), respectively, giving the Tigers four runners in the top 14.

“Having four of the top 14 — and Mahlen (Becker) really pulled in our fifth one there to help us secure that victory,” coach Tynan said. “It was a good day of racing.”

Becker placed 43rd with a time of 23:50.

Allison Werry gave Warren a pair of top 10 finishers, placing ninth with a time of 21:02. Devanne Reynolds finished 20th (22:07), Madelyn Dougherty was 29th (22:47) and Lily Herriott was 32nd (23:03).

“This is a fast course, but our girls just keep improving,” said coach Werry. “At the Broughton race, we finished third behind Marietta and Caldwell. We were looking to move a spot up, win it or get second. That was a team focus today.”

Completing the top 10 in the girls race were Buckeye Trail’s Katherine Williams (5th, 20:07), Federal Hocking’s Rosemary Stephens (6th, 20:07), Caldwell’s Sage Speck (7th, 20:16), Shenandoah’s Kendall Mackie (8th, 20:46) and River’s Mara Beard (10th, 21:07).

Speck, who won the Broughton Invitational earlier this season, helped Caldwell place third as a team. Brynn Block (18th, 21:52), Calli Hesson (24th, 22:19), Katie Franklin (26th, 22:35) and Emma Lowe (27th, 22:38) were Caldwell’s other big contributors.

Morgan’s Emily Pinkerton just missed the top 10, placing 11th with a time of 21:15. Waterford’s Kaylor Offenberger clocked in at 21:42 to place 16th, while Morgan’s Dahlia Hill was right behind in 17th with a time of 21:51.

The Belpre boys won the middle school team title. The Golden Eagles got second, third and fourth place finishes from Austin Jenkins (12:33), Carter Norman (12:47) and Johnny Miller (12:47), respectively.

Eastern’s Connor Nolan won the individual title with a time of 11:33. Marietta’s Tyler Frye placed fifth (12:47), Waterford’s Troy Gibson was sixth (12:49), Caldwell’s Charles Estadt was seventh (12:52), Waterford’s Aiden Jones was eighth (13:01), Shenandoah’s Jarrett Wentworth was ninth (13:04) and Waterford’s Gavin Offenberger was 10th (13:13).

Fort Frye dominated the girls middle school race, taking the team title with four girls in the top five. Emma Richards won the race with a time of 12:53, followed by Cadence Waller (2nd, 13:07), Laine Spindler (3rd, 13:52) and Maggie Fulton (5th, 14:23.)

Marietta’s Millie Becker placed fourth (14:07), Waterford’s Seneca Lang was sixth (14:43), Belpre’s Shyanna Miller was seventh (14:46), River’s Mallory Brake was eighth (14:56), Caldwell’s Alexis Franklin placed ninth (14:57) and Waterford’s Alyssa Mooney came in 10th (15:31.)

Warren’s head coach had high praise for the level of competition the race featured.

“We came into this not knowing, and then we started seeing some teams show up, and we were like, ‘OK, we’re going to have a race today,'” Werry said. “That’s what we want. We want the challenge. We don’t want to be complacent. We want to go places where we’re going to be challenged.”

2nd annual Jeremy Anderson Invitational

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS: Warren 56, Fisher Catholic 58, Belpre 94, Caldwell 115, Marietta 132, Bellaire 138, Shenandoah 180, Federal Hocking 196, Fort Frye 222, Morgan 237, Crooksville 281, Waterford 311

TOP TEN: Eli Fullerton (Belpre) 15:28*; Blake Rodgers (Belpre) 15:51; 3. Patrick Kenney (Fisher Catholic) 16:01; Jacob Defibaugh (Bellaire) 16:06; Ezra Minard (Marietta) 16:21; Aiden Jackson (Fisher Catholic) 16:28; Noah Sharp (Fisher Catholic) 16:36; Brennan Perdue (Warren) 16:41; Brayden O-Brien (Eastern) 16:49; Phinn Spindler (Fort Frye) 16:55

Local teams

Warren: 8. Brennan Perdue 16:41; 11. Matthew Rauch 16:58; 12. Bryson Angelo 17:11; 15. Andrew Vincent 17:27; 16. Justin Pate 17:36

Belpre: 1. Eli Fullerton 15:28*; 2. Blake Rodgers 15:51; 22. Davis Leach 18:31; 31. Evan Wells 19:06; 45. Kayden Wright 20:10

Caldwell: 17. Andrew Sheanshang 17:36; 20. Lucas King 18:03; 21. Blake Miller 18:15; 29. Noah Scheich 18:58; 39. Ben Maskiell 19:28

Marietta: 5. Ezra Minard 16:21; 25. Nathan Johnson 18:46; 28. Ethan Young 18:52; 32. Isaac Lough 19:09; 51. Evan Masselli 20:41

Shenandoah: 24. Aidan Snyder 18:33; 36. Cale Bond 19:24; 37. Caden Chicwak 19:27; 47. Grant Stottsberry 20:15; 49. Mason Stottsberry 20:32

Federal Hocking: 14. Brayden Tabler 17:27; 23. Evan McPherson 18:32; 34. Cedric Newman-Simpson 19:19; 70. Iden Miller 22:03; 82. Myles Vorisek 22:49

Fort Frye: 10. Phinn Spindler 16:55; 40. Alex Henke 19:36; 52. Wyatt Fulton 20:42; 68. Brayden Becker 21:55; 76. Nathan Powell 22:20

Morgan: 30. Cody Young 19:03; 43. Caleb Jacomet 20:03; 54. Josef Jacomet 20:45; 59. Hunter Hill 21:02; 73. 22:06

Waterford: 46. Jarrett Armstrong 20:11; 72. Chase Schott 22:06; 75. Tyson Moore 22:13; 77. Evan Strickler 22:24; 85. Luke Stollar 23:01

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS: Marietta 70, Warren 84, Caldwell 92, Fisher Catholic 131, Buckeye Trail 139, Alexander 143, Eastern 152, River 177, Morgan 199, Federal Hocking 227, Belpre 279

TOP TEN: Natalie Boyden (Fisher Catholic) 19:18*; Ciara Space (Marietta) 19:25; Grace Randall (Warren) 20:01; Ava Gebczyk (Marietta) 20:02; Kathryn Williams (Buckeye Trail) 20:07; Rosemary Stephens (Federal Hocking) 20:07; Sage Speck (Caldwell) 20:16; Kendall Mackie (Shenandoah) 20:46; Allison Werry (Warren) 21:02; Mara Beard (River) 21:07

Local teams

Marietta: 2. Ciara Space 19:25; 4. Ava Gebczyk 20:02; 13. Lynncoln Tynan 21:33; 14. Hannah Lovejoy 21:35; 43. Mahlen Becker 23:50

Warren: 3. Grace Randall 20:01; 9. Allison Werry 21:02; 20. Devanne Reynolds 22:07; 29. Madelyn Dougherty 22:47; 32. Lily Herriott 23:03

Caldwell: 7. Sage Speck 20:16; 18. Brynn Block 21:52; 24. Calli Hesson 22:19; 26. Katie Franklin 22:35; 27. Emma Lowe 22:38

Morgan: 11. Emily Pinkerton 21:15; 17. Dahlia Hill 21:51; 54. Addie Young 24:57; 81. Kylea Holloway 28:34; 83. Elizabeth Bankes 29:16

Federal Hocking: 6. Rosemary Stephens 20:07; 42. Sage Helon 23:42; 69. Emma Lucas 26:52; 74. Olivia Amlin 27:37; 82. Magnolia Ballew 29:00

Belpre: 48. Maddie Sprigg 24:21; 53. Kelly Erb 24:55; 68. Carissa Sprigg 26:46; 77. Trista Harpold 27:53; 96. Audrey Johnson 34:38

MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS: Belpre 38, Waterford 50, Buckeye Trail 56, Shenandoah 71

TOP TEN: Connor Nolan (Eastern) 11:33*; Austin Jenkins (Belpre) 12:33; Carter Norman (Belpre) 12:47; Johnny Miller (Belpre) 12:47; Tyler Frye (Marietta) 12:47; Troy Gibson (Waterford) 12:49; Charles Estadt (Caldwell) 12:52; Aiden Jones (Waterford) 13:01; Jarrett Wentworth (Shenandoah) 13:04; Gavin Offenberger (Waterford) 13:13

MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS: Fort Frye 17, Southern 63, Marietta 74, Alexander 76, Crooksville 95

TOP TEN: Emma Richards (Fort Frye) 12:53*; Cadence Waller (Fort Frye) 13:07; Laine Spindler (Fort Frye) 13:52; Millie Becker (Marietta) 14:07; Maggie Fulton (Fort Frye) 14:23; Seneca Lang (Waterford) 14:43; Shyanna Miller (Belpre) 14:46; Mallory Brake (River) 14:56; Alexis Franklin (Caldwell) 14:57; Alyssa Mooney (Waterford) 15:31

*course record

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