Findlay girls and boys cross country teams had a successful year. The girls and boys teams both made it to regionals. The teams were unable to move on to state as the girls placed 14th and the boy placed 11th. Senior Isaiah Gaines was able to move on and run in the state meet at National Trail Raceway outside Columbus. Gaines set high expectations for himself before state.
“I wanted to be All-Ohio (top 25) but more specifically wanted to be top twenty,” Isaiah Gaines said.
Gaines finished 20th and received all-Ohio honors, an accomplishment he is extremely proud of.
“The course was generally pretty flat and slightly wet. It ran pretty fast; faster than years past.”
The competition was obviously very strong and it was humbling to run against such talented athletes.”
At any state event the atmosphere is buzzing and exciting.
“Everyone was very supportive and excited and it created a very grand atmosphere.”
Gaines was also blessed because he got an offer to continue running at the University of Pennsylvania.
“It is very relieving and exciting. it is nice to be able to enjoy my senior year and not stress about college searching.”
Other runners from around the area had successful years as well. St. Wendelin Junior Nick DeHaven finished 39th at state in the Division II race. Liberty Benton Junior Meghan Bartel placed 48th in the Division II race.