Broughton Invitational race Saturday

Cadets’ Anderson, ’Jackets’ Hesson hoping to repeat

Courtesy photo The Williamstown High girls cross country team placed first in last weekend’s Autumn Classic Invitational in St. Marys, W.Va.

Fort Frye senior Justin Anderson and Williamstown sophomore Ella Hesson each will be seeking to repeat as a 5K winner at Saturday’s scheduled 19th annual Elizabeth S. Broughton Memorial Cross Country Invitational at the Broughton Nature & Wildlife Area in Marietta.

All the racing action begins at 9 a.m.

Last year, Anderson covered the boys’ distance in a winning time of 16 minutes, 43.60 seconds, while Hesson captured the girls’ run in 19:56.60.

“This is Justin’s senior year, his last ride so to speak,” said Fort Frye coach Jason Lipot. “The long tradition 12 years of Andersons will end at Broughtons with him this year.

“He has definitely upheld the continued dominance the Anderson runners have had on this course. Brothers’ Jeremy, Jordan and Jon have all won here some multiple times.”

Even so, Lipot believes the boys’ race is “wide open” this year.

“Obviously, Justin being last year’s winner, is one of several boys who can do it,” the Cadets coach added. “The two boys from Warren should be in the mix.”

Warrior runners’ Trent Sayre and Jake Herriott did not compete at Broughton a year ago.

“Belpre has a runner, and Caldwell usually has someone in contention every year as well,” Lipot said. “And of course you can’t count out anybody from out of state.”

A year ago, Belpre’s Eli Fullerton finished fifth overall in 17:34.40, and the Dugan Hill-coached Redskins won the boys’ division.

“It should be another awesome race,” Lipot said. “The first race of the year is always exciting.”

As for Hesson, she is expected to be pushed again by Lancaster’s Elise Johnson and Malauri Edwards, who were second and third, respectively, at Broughton a year ago. The Yellowjackets as a team finished as runners-up to Lancaster.

Last season, Hesson was instrumental in helping the Larry Cassady-coached Williamstown girls win at state (Class A). She is one of three returning starters with the other two being sophomore Emilee Ellison, and Stella Flanagin.

Hesson was first-team all-state and All-LKC (Little Kanawha Conference) as a freshman. Ellison and Flanagin each was a first-team All-LKC honoree.

Even though Williamstown took a graduation hit, five upcoming freshmen are expected to step up, and the Jackets could once again be the team to beat in single-A in West Virginia.

Here’s a look at a few of the other teams entered in the Broughton event:

MARIETTA

Marietta High has a first-year varsity head cross country coach in Peyton Cochran. She succeeds Amanda Mercer.

Cochran will be assisted by Mollie Runyon and John Tynan.

MHS graduated some good ones in Collin Doughty, Nathan Matthews, Max Garrison, and Caleb Young. Last year at Broughton, the Tiger boys were second to Caldwell.

The Marietta boys’ XC roster includes Colin Beck, James Goddard, Samuel Gottfried, William Holschuh, Wyatt Miracle, Austin Offenberger, Alexander Temesvary, Charles Walker III, Isaac Warner, Jack Wesel, Ethan Young and Lucas Young.

Ciara Space finished seventh as a frosh in the 2017 Broughton girls’ run in 21:01.20. The rest of the girls’ roster will feature Sage Austin, Emma Clark, Nondyce Gulick, Madison Lee, Haley Spanner, Fredley Tynan, Lyncoln Tynan, Katryna Temesvary, Cecilia Minard, and Marcella Maxon.

WARREN

Warren High has a combined 26 harriers on its boys’ and girls’ rosters.

The boys’ cross country team will be featuring 16 runners, paced by seniors’ Trent Sayre, Michael Christian, Jake Herriott, Cullen Martin, and Brady Nicewarner.

Sayre is a two-time state qualifier, All-District, All-OVAC runner, and a member of the 2016 Warrior regional qualifying team. Also on the team were Herriott and Nicewarner.

Herriott is back after a year’s absence.

Warren also has three sophomores in Justin Pate, Matt Rauch, and Cole Coleman.

The Warrior freshmen include Bryson Angelo, Jaiden Napalo, Hayden Pelltier, Brennan Perdue, Issiah Sayre, Brodi Tait, Andrew Vincent, and Kody Wells.

On the girls’ side, there are 10 runners, led by seniors’ Casey Brague and Bailey Gentile. Last year, Brague and sophomore Devanne Reynolds each was All-District and All-OVAC.

“All but one girl is back from last year’s regional qualifying team,” said Warren head coach Neil Brague.

Warren has two juniors in Pearl Herriott, who took a year off, and Jenna Walters. Most of the team is made up of sophomores with a solid core including Savannah Jarvis, Taylor Appleby, Lee Ann Skeen, and Reynolds.

Lily Herriott and Heather Hamrick are the two frosh on the roster.

Overall….

“We are taking each workout one at a time and each race one at a time,” Brague said. ” It’s not easy to race eight 5Ks over the span of seven weeks.

“We expect the kids to embrace the grind and do their best on a daily basis. The goal is to be mentally and physically prepared for the championship part of the season in October.”

FORT FRYE

Along with Anderson, the other Cadet seniors are Braden Lipot, Joey Mankins, and Bailey Nesselroad. Draven Rowland is the lone freshman on the roster.

The FFHS girls will be featuring junior Amanda Cooper and sophomores’ Grace Clark, Vi Angle, and Patty Wesel.

“To be honest, I don’t know where we are at this year,” Jason Lipot said. “And I usually don’t expect much the first couple of races team-wise, because we train harder than we race early in the season.”

Overall though….

“Area cross country is the best I’ve seen in many years,” Lipot said. “I know Warren ‘s boss Neal Brague and I have both decided to support all these local meets.

“There’s no need to travel outside of Washington County to find stout competition. There’s a good chance we’ll see each other our first seven races. “I’m really looking forward for this season. It should be a great year for all teams.”

WATERFORD

Waterford has a first-year XC coach in Steve Littler, who also guides the Wildcat thinclads in the spring.

The Cat cross country roster includes seniors’ Rachael Adams, Emily Kern, and Cole Schweikert; sophomore Adah Smitley; freshman Kaylor Offenberger; eighth-grader Keirieonna Wilson; and seventh-grader Evan Strickover.

Four Wildcats participated in the OHSAA Preseason Cross Country Meet over the weekend at National Trail Raceway at Hebron.

Schweikert competed and finished in 118th place out of 140 boys with a time of 18:59.

Kern finished 82nd out of 190 girls with a time of 18:45.9. Offenberger posted a time of 22:03.2 while Adams came in at 25:51.2.

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