From left, Dalton’s girls cross country team: Emberlynn Nolt, Ava Fivecoat, Brianna Chenevey, Aly Jackson, Molly Soehnlen, Lauren Clos and Janae Hostetler came in seventh Saturday.
By ARIEL STAHLER
Gazette & News sports writer
Dalton High School’s boys and girls cross country teams gave their all Saturday, but fell just short of qualifying for the state meet. The top four teams and top 16 individuals advanced to the state meet. In the boys team race, Dalton (201) came in eighth place. East Canton (37) came in first, followed by Black River (92) in second, South Range (102) in third and Maplewood (130) in fourth place.
Dalton’s Carson Steiner came in 21st in the individual race at a time of 18:23.0. Jordan Muth was 36th at 18:52.0. Karey Lehman finished 65th at 19:42.4. Ely Hutson came in 67th at 19:47.2. Kole Miller was 70th at 19:52.6. Jacob Fink finished 73rd with a time of 20:04.6. Kyle Pauley was 86th at 20:56.7.
For the girls team race, Dalton (179) came in seventh place. Gilmour Academy (76) placed first, Waynedale (107) finished second, Mineral Ridge (115) was third and McDonald (149) rounded out the top four. Janae Hostetler was Dalton’s first finisher in the individual race. She came in 18th place with a time of 21:57.4. Emberlynn Nolt was 40th at 22:49.3. Lauren Clos came in 47th place at 22:59.5. Molly Soehnlen finished 49th at 23:02.6. Brianna Chenevey placed 59th at 23:38.5. Aly Jackson crossed the finish line in 73rd place at 24:30.2. Ava Fivecoat finished 76th with a time of 24:45.8.
According to Waynedale Athletics Facebook page, the girls cross country team qualified for state for the first time in the program’s history. Jonathan Varner placed 9th to qualify for the third time.