Whiteoak wins McClain opener invitational


By Jim Jones - For The Times-Gazette



Whiteoak’s Ashleigh Harless is shown after winning McClain Opener cross-country invitational Tuesday in Greenfield.


Jim Jones | For The Times-Gazette

Mitchell Park in Greenfield was the site of the McClain Opener cross-country event held Tuesday, August 25th.

The Whiteoak Wildcats won both the boys and girls varsity side and the Fairfield boys and girls took top honors in the junior high half.

Ross Matthews of Miami Trace was the over-all boy’s winner in the varsity event with a time of 19:34.5 followed by Zach Deatley of Whiteoak who had a second place time of 19:42.8.

Jacob Badgley was McClain’s top finisher with a time of 21:27.5 which was good for a ninth place finish.

Whitoak’s Ashleigh Harless was the winner in the girl’s event with a first-place time of 21:53.

Grace Savage was McClain’s top finisher in the girl’s varsity event with a time of 26:45 which was good for fifth place.

In the junior high race McClain’s Cannon Woolridge won convincingly with a time of 11:19 followed by Fairfield’s Gavin Campbell (12:09) and Cohen Frost (12:10) who finished second and third respectively.

McClain head coach and event organizer Steve Roble was very pleased with the over-all results and race turnout.

“Even though our team participation was down this year due to some scheduling conflicts at various schools unfortunately but we still had a good turn-out today and a great race in the varsity boys match between the Whiteoak and Miami Trace runner,” said Roble “I was very pleased with all of our McClain competitors who all had their personal-best times today so this was my teams best start in the four years I’ve been coach here.”

“We’ve been trying to re-build our program and I think it’s really starting to turn-around now so I’m very happy with where we are right now.”

“Cannon Woolridge was impressive in the middle school meet running that 11:20 which is really fast for that age group; especially at this point in the season. He’s just a natural runner and he works really hard.”

“I want to thank all of the volunteers who helped with this event, especially Pat Stevens, Tracy Cokonougher, Bob Bergstrom, Jason Potts, and everyone else that did an outstanding job today.”

Whiteoak’s Ashleigh Harless is shown after winning McClain Opener cross-country invitational Tuesday in Greenfield.
http://timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_Harless.jpgWhiteoak’s Ashleigh Harless is shown after winning McClain Opener cross-country invitational Tuesday in Greenfield. Jim Jones | For The Times-Gazette

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