By ARIEL STAHLER
DGKN sports writer
Five athletes from Dalton High School’s cross country teams were named to the All-County teams following their performances at the Wayne/Holmes County Invitational Oct. 9 at Orrville High School.
Sophomore Carson Steiner was named 1st Team All-County and he finished eighth overall in the boys individual race with a time of 17:33.5. His senior teammate Jordan Muth made 2nd Team All-County. Muth finished the individual race in 15th place at 18:21.9. In the boys team standings, Wooster (31) took first place. Smithville and Dalton were tied at 92. The sixth place runner breaks the tie, so Smithville was awarded second place while Dalton came in third. West Holmes placed fourth and Chippewa came in fifth.
For the girls individual race, Dalton sophomore Janae Hostetler was named 1st Team All-County and came in seventh place with a time of 20:51.6. Junior Lauren Clos and senior Molly Soehnlen both made 2nd Team All-County. Clos placed 15th with a time of 21:44.2 and Soehnlen came in 18th place at 22:15.2. Waynedale (40) won the girls team race. West Holmes (66) came in second, Wooster (69) placed third, Dalton (88) took fourth place and Norwayne (111) finished off the top five.
Following the race, Dalton’s head coach Jodi Augspurger detailed what the teams will be facing in the upcoming WCAL Championship.
“What stood out for me is how hard our guys are going to have to run at the WCAL on Saturday in order to beat Smithville,” Augspurger said. “It’s been back and forth between our two teams all season and the Wayne/Holmes County meet accentuated how similar the two teams are. WCAL is sure to provide some tense and exciting moments.”