The Olentangy Boys Cross Country team were the 1st place champions of this years’ 46th Annual Erin L. Nance Fall Distance Classic this past weekend, September 28, 2019. The boys competed against 21 teams on a beautiful but hilly golf course in London, Ohio. Because of the hills and the heat, the boys ran slower than usual but that definitely didn’t stop them from giving the race everything they had. In fact, the Gahanna-Lincoln coach was impressed with how the boys finished the race with their strong hill running, said Head Coach Kenneth Whalen. Apparently, the hills at Highbanks Metro Park are working wonders for the boys. Mikey Worboy finished in third place with a 17:11, followed by Chandler Moyer in 8th with a 17:43. The rest of the Varsity team included Luke Galloway, Taye Gonzalez, Patrick Schirtzinger, Jackson Schultz, and Preston Smith. Whalen mentioned, “This is the most hardware and awards that the team has received at this meet in my 5 years as a coach.” All of the Varsity boys walked away with medals and plaques and they have the huge team trophy and coach award.
The Olentangy open boys team came in with a strong 2nd place out of 14 teams, losing by 4 points to Gahanna Lincoln. Points are a huge deal. Gahanna had 40, Olentangy had 44, and third place Teays Valley had 96. The margin is tremendous. David Moore took 2nd place in the run with an 18:26 and Nate Karr took 4th with an 18:35. Fifteen of the JV runners received medals at this race. When asking Whalen what he thought about this race, he said “Look what happens when all 42 members of the team are there!” The event was perfect and so was the outcome. Way to Run Brave!