WEST UNITY — Alexa Dominguez has made a big impact as a freshman on North Central’s girls cross country team this season, and she showed it on Saturday by finishing first in the Buckeye Border Conference Championship at Hilltop High School.
Dominguez finished in 21:33 to edge Fayette’s Leslie Burrow (21:38) by five seconds in the 31-competitor field.
Fayette won the girls team title with 31 points, while Pettisville (51) was second. Montpelier (88) was third among the three complete teams. North Central ended with 91 points, Stryker 107, Hilltop 132 and Edon 140.
In the boys race, Montpelier’s Garrett Walz finished fourth in 18:25 to lead area runners. Fayette won with 19 points, while Hilltop (75) was second. Montpelier (87), Edon (87), Pettisville (109), North Central (125) and Stryker (156) rounded out the standings.
Montpelier’s Lyndsi Engels (23:40) and Tristen Bexten (24:39) finished 11th and 13th, respectively, to front the Locomotives. Emily Fritsch was 19th in 25:54, Rachel McIntosh was right behind in 20th in 26:03 and Allison Sommer finished 25th in 28:46 for Montpelier.
Darbi Stewart backed Dominguez up with a 10th-place finish in 23:36 for North Central, while Brooke McClanahan (26:49) finished 23rd.
Stryker’s Alexia Wickerham finished seventh in 23:02 to lead the Panthers. Natalie Bowers was 17th in 25:20 and Adryan Sanchez 27th in 29:40.
Hilltop’s Jackie Wagner finished 14th in 25:06 for the Cadets, while Edon’s Trinity Altaffer was 22nd in 26:43 for the Bombers.
In the boys race, Walz was among five area top-10 finishers. Hilltop’s Wade Wagner placed sixth in 19:14, while Edon’s Hunter Howard (19:21) and Garrett Dowdy (19:46) finished seventh and ninth, respectively. Montpelier’s J.T. Fackler was 10th in 19:58.
Joe Reamsnyder finished 12th in 20:08 for Hilltop, while teammate Carson Jennings was 15th in 20:17. Matt Wyse (19th, 20:47) and Ian Hoffman (30th, 23:06) also competed for the Cadets.
Montpelier’s Klayton Gearhart was 21st in 21:26 and Andre Augirre 29th in 23:03 for the Locos.
Trenton Arnold added a 23rd-place finish in 21:46 for Edon. Trey Whitney was 29th in 22:50 and Joey Boyer 35th in 28:09.
Joe Burt led North Central with a 14th-place finish in 20:17. Ben Pettit (31st, 23:16), Colton Hicks (33rd, 25:42) and Clayton Douglas (34th, 27:05) also competed for the Eagles.
Stryker’s Michael Donovan finished 32nd in 23:29.
Fayette had the top three finishers in the 36-competitor field. Quinn Mitchell (17:10) won by nearly a minute over Wyatt Mitchell (18:05), while Chase Moats (18:21) was third.