Ford, Ewert battle in D-I CC


By Scott Halasz - shalasz@aimmediamidwest.com



Photos by Chris Greene | Greene County News Bellbrook’s Takumi Ford is on his way to a Division-I district cross country championship. Beavercreek’s Connor Ewert finished second, only a little more than a second behind.

Photos by Chris Greene | Greene County News Bellbrook’s Takumi Ford is on his way to a Division-I district cross country championship. Beavercreek’s Connor Ewert finished second, only a little more than a second behind.


CEDARVILLE — If the Division-I district cross country race was any indication, Saturday’s regional in Troy should have one of the most exciting finishes.

Beavercreek’s boys literally ran away with the team title with 41 points to Centerville’s 83. But it was the individual race that caught everyone’s attention. Bellbrook’s Takumi Ford and Beavercreek’s Connor Ewert battled throughout the race at Cedarville University before Ford edged Ewert by 1.3 seconds. Ford won in 15:35.6, with Ewert finishing in 15:36.8.

Springboro (87) and Bellbrook (122) joined the Beavers and Elks as regional-qualifying teams from the B race. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, each division ran two races for boys and girls, with a varying number of teams and individuals advancing to the regional. Lebanon, Tippecanoe, Northmont, Fairmont, and Troy qualified from the A race.

For Beavercreek, Keegan Souhan was sixth in 16:22.9; Ryan Massie was seventh in 16:23.8; Andrew Radford was ninth in 16:46.7; and Nathan Massie was 17th in 17:09.5.

In the girls D-I races, Lebanon (32), Centerville (42), Beavercreek (54), and Fairmont (122) qualified from the A race, while Springboro (39), Talawanda (55), and Bellbrook (76), qualified from the B race.

Beavercreek was led by Juliann Williams, who was second in 18:26.1. Grace Daily was ninth in 19:50.5; Samantha Thomas was 12th in 20:00.5; Megan Nowe was 15th in 20:10.0; and Abby Roberts was 16th in 20:26.2.

Carroll’s boys won the Division-II A race with 30 points, followed by West Liberty-Salem, Eaton (90), and Springfield Shawnee (126). Waynesville (24), Oakwood (56), and Bethel (88) qualified in the B race.

Kevin Agnew was second in 15:54.4 for Carroll, followed by Jack Agnew, fourth 16:50.3; Drew Maxwell, fifth 16:58.6; Logan Arnold, ninth in 17:14.1; and Seth Tivakaran 10th in 17:23.

Carroll’s girls were third in the D-II B race with 71 points. Oakwood won with 25, followed by Eaton with 49. Waynesville (27), Tippecanoe (59), Northwestern (123), and Indian Lake (138) qualified in the A race.

Carroll’s Grace Braun was eighth in 20:13.7, followed by Maggie Poor, ninth in 20:21.5; Sarah Ochs, 14th in 20:53; Sophie Mock, 17th in 21:45; and Nataly Duenas-Diaz, 23rd in 21:59.4.

Photos by Chris Greene | Greene County News Bellbrook’s Takumi Ford is on his way to a Division-I district cross country championship. Beavercreek’s Connor Ewert finished second, only a little more than a second behind.
https://www.beavercreeknewscurrent.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/49/2020/10/web1_Div.1-Boys-B-Takumi-Ford-Bellbrook-15.35.5-1-.jpgPhotos by Chris Greene | Greene County News Bellbrook’s Takumi Ford is on his way to a Division-I district cross country championship. Beavercreek’s Connor Ewert finished second, only a little more than a second behind.

By Scott Halasz

shalasz@aimmediamidwest.com

Contact Scott Halasz at 937-502-4507.

Contact Scott Halasz at 937-502-4507.