Kevin Goheen reports:
Saturday was a good day for Cincinnati-area runners at the Ohio state cross country championships. It was a great day if you happened to be from Warren County.
Mason brought home its first Division I state championship in record-setting style while Lebanon junior Jacquelyn Crow sprinted past Janelle Noe of Sylvania Northview and St. Ursula sophomore Annie Heffernan in the final 200 meters at National Trail Raceway to claim the individual title with a time of 17 minutes, 39.31 seconds.
Crow is the 11th individual Division I state champion from the Cincinnati area in the last 14 years. She is Lebanon’s first state champion in cross country.
Cincinnati runners took five of the top six places in Division I.
- Photos: Mason wins first state title
Mason scored 42 points to beat runner-up Centerville by 100 points. The Comets placed their top five runners in the top 26 overall and had an average time of 18:24.
According to Ohio High School Athletic Association officials, that is the fastest average time for a state championship team. This is just the second year for the state meet at National Trail Raceway. Scioto Downs in Columbus was the host site for the previous 25 years and before that it was at Ohio State. Courses and weather conditions differ from year to year but the previous low average was 18:47 by Rocky River Magnificat in 2009.