Hopewell-Loudon’s Jordan Foster paces with Leesburg Fairfield’s Cohen Frost on Saturday in the Division III championship race at National Trail Raceway. Foster was 18th to earn all-Ohio honors. (Photo by Jamie Baker)

By JAMIE BAKER

sTAFF WRITER

LURAY — It was life in the fast lane for Hopewell-Loudon’s boys cross country team at National Trail Raceway Saturday.

Hopewell-Loudon senior Jordan Foster netted an all-Ohio medal for the second straight year as he led the Chieftains to a 12th-place team finish in the Division III boys race at the OHSAA state cross country championships.

The pace in the Division III boys race was fast.

How fast?

Ayersville returning state champ Noah Fisher, who dominated the small-school division in the Northwest District this season, fell off the pace early and ended up fourth in a time of 16:05.0, more than 17 seconds behind individual champ Derek Amicon of Columbus Grandview Heights.

The top 20 in each race earned medals and spots on the state meet awards stand. The top 30 runners in each race earned all-Ohio honors from the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches.

Foster, who was 16th last season in 16:59.0, finished 18th this year with a time 25 seconds faster than a year ago.

“It definitely took a lot more to get on the podium,” Foster said. “I think last year I was surprised I made it up on the podium. It was expected that I do it again by a lot of people this season. So, I think I may have pushed it a bit harder than I did here last year.

“It was definitely a tougher race today. It’s two spots behind last year, but my coaches have taught me that every race is different. Celebrate the little victories, and be happy with what I can get.”

Cincinnati Summit Country Day outscored Mount Gilead 98-112 to take the Division III boys team crown. Hopewell-Loudon finished 12th with 300 points.

It was the H-L boys program’s highest state meet finish in six trips. The 2010 team that qualified for state ended up 13th.

Trey Masterson backed Foster by finishing 66th in a time of 17:18.3. Carter Ritchey (111th, 17:46.9), Sam Meade (121st, 17:55.4) and Caden Crawford (136th, 18:05.8) rounded out the Chieftains’ top five.

Bryce Arbogast (144th, 18:11.8) and Brendan Durbin (161st, 18:34) also ran for Hopewell-Loudon.

It was the final race for Hopewell-Loudon seniors Foster, Ritchey, Durbin and Meade.

It was the end of a special bond for this year’s Hopewell-Loudon squad, which held the distinction of being the only team that qualified for state to return all seven runners that competed at National Trail a year ago.

“It’s definitely sad. It’s been really fun. My coaches have been so supportive; they are the best,” Foster said.

“It’s nice to know that all the guys are finishing on a happy note. We had a really good four-run together in high school. It’s sad that we’ll be leaving each other, but excited to start that next chapter.”

Division III Boys

TEAM STANDINGS

1, Cincinnati Summit Country Day 98. 2, Mount Gilead 112. 3, East Canton 141. 4, McDonald 184. 5, Cedarville 200. 6, Anna 205. 7, New London 216. 8, Fredericktown 237. 9, Leesburg Fairfield 250. 10, Botkins 252. 11, Sandusky St. Mary’s 260. 12, Hopewell-Loudon 300. 13, Ashland Crestview 312. 14, Dalton 321. 15, Ironton Rock Hill 327. 16, Minster 353. 17, Liberty Center 374. 18, Holgate 396. 19, Sugarcreek Garaway 396. 20, Canfield South Range 453.

STATE CHAMPION

Derek Amicon (Columbus Grandview Heights) 15:42.5.

Division II Boys

TEAM STANDINGS

1, Peninsula Woodridge 37. 2, Chillicothe Unioto 115. 3, Heath 160. 4, Bay Village Bay 166. 5, Defiance 187. 6, Dayton Carroll 229. 7, Waynesville 232. 8, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 236. 9, Poland Seminary 256. 10, West Liberty-Salem 274. 11, Hebron Lakewood 313. 12, Thornville Sheridan 318. 13, Cincinnati Madeira 320. 14, McDermott Northwest 329. 15, Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin 344. 16, Huron 354. 17, Lodi Cloverleaf 362. 18, Plain City Jonathan Alder 388. 19, Lexington 391. 20, Waverly 402.

STATE CHAMPION

Caleb Brown (Shelby) 15:05.0.

Division I Boys

TEAM STANDINGS

1, Cincinnati St. Xavier 92. 2, Mason 97. 3, Solon 212. 4, Gahanna Lincoln 227. 5, Pickerington North 230. 6, Chagrin Falls Kenston 232. 7, Hilliard Davidson 239. 8, Hudson 244. 9, Cleveland St. Ignatius 245. 10, Beavercreek 249. 11, Hunting Valley University School 274. 12, Tipp City Tippecanoe 278. 13, Ashland 281. 14, Louisville 293. 15, Lebanon 296. 16, Perrysburg 316. 17, Medina 318. 18, Olentangy Orange 370. 19, Massillon Jackson 411. 20, Thomas Worthington 413.

STATE CHAMPION

Matt Duvall (Pickerington North) 15:12.9.

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