Xenia Christian Girls Cross Country Team Qualifies for Regionals


The District races at the Miami Valley Tech Center in Dayton proved to be the ground for a monumental day for the Ambassadors. In previous years Division III girls were given only one race with slots for 6 teams to qualify to Regionals. Last year, coaches complained heavily as the starting line is not able to accommodate 160 girls. Also, the competition is such that the top 4 teams in the Dayton District typically make it onto State. The complaints were answered by this being the first year for Division III girls to be split into 2 races, like all the other divisions, and have a total of 8 teams qualify for Regionals.
The girls arrived with frost on the ground, and a chill in the air, but their spirits were high. “We have trained all season for this day, and the girls are really ready to take on the challenge.” Stated Coach Norman. The gun went off at 9:00am for the start of Race A for Division III. Bethany Norman held the lead for the first 1 ½ miles, and eventually placed 3rd. 3 of the remaining 5 girls on the team posted personal record times for the race. These teammates are: Carrie Clauson, Sarak Kensinger, Caitlin O’Guin, Natalie Clauson, and Morgan Phillips. When the final results were in, the Ambassador Girls team placed 3rd and will be moving onto Regional competition Saturday in Troy. “I couldn’t be prouder than I am at this moment. Xenia Christian has not sent a team to Regionals since 2004. This small team of six girls has a lot of heart, and they left everything on the course today. They are awesome young ladies and really deserved to qualify.” Commented Coach Norman.
The Ambassador boys team put for great effort in a very difficult field of runners. Drew Riggle qualified for Regionals by taking 13th place. “Drew has run well all year, and being just a freshman, this is a big accomplishment for him.” Stated Coach Preston. The remaining boys on the team are: Noah Dean, Haakon Nelson, Casey Surls, Evan Ramey, David Granduioller, and Davis Weerheim. The boys team placed 5th which is the highest they have placed as a team for many years.“It has been a pleasure coaching this team. By placing 5th as a team, they have really impressed upon themselves that they are very capable of challenging for a Regional berth in the future.” Commented Coach Preston.