State Cross Country: Oakwood standout wins 2nd straight title; Carroll junior wins D-II boys championship

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OBETZ — Two local high school cross country runners came up big on the state’s biggest stage.

Oakwood High School senior Grace Hartman claimed her second straight state championship, winning the Division II girls race in a time of 17 minutes, 31 seconds at the Ohio High School Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Fortress Obetz.

Carroll High School junior Jack Agnew won his first state championship, taking the D-II boys race in a time of 15:31.

The Minster High School girls team won the D-III girls championship with 66 points, beating runner-up Liberty Center (109 points).

Hartman was dominant in the D-II girls race, outpacing the rest of the field by more than 30 seconds, but still went out faster than she expected.

“I went out too fast and I paid for it at the end,” Hartman said. “I tried to mentally push through it, but sometimes when you’re alone it’s really difficult. That hill really got me.”

The North Carolina State University commit called her final state meet “an awesome experience.”

“Honestly, I’ve had a lot of support from my team,” Hartman said. “My mentality has really changed. I’m a senior and I’m out here to have fun. I know where I’m going to college and I’m not really stressing out about times as much. I’m just really enjoying the process. That was part of today, I just wanted to go out and suck in the moment.”

Oakwood junior Bella Butler placed second in 18:02 as the Lumberjills finished seventh as a team with 214 points.

“Everybody ran really, really well today,” Hartman said. “I couldn’t be happier. I’m just really proud of everybody.”

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Agnew could only describe winning the state championship as being “better than I ever could’ve imagined.”

The junior passed Marlington senior Noah Graham on the backstretch to bring home the state championship by 2.5 seconds.

“The race plan went well and I had enough left that I could go,” Agnew said. “I was just trying to stay relaxed and go as fast as I could to get to the finish line.”

The Patriots finished seventh overall, but are expected to return their entire team next fall.

“We wanted to do a little better, but we’re all returning, so we hope to do better next year,” Agnew said.

The Minster girls team won the state championship for the 14th time in school history. Tigers sophomore Margaret Hemmelgarn finished third overall in 18:23, while junior teammate Taylor Roth placed ninth in 18:42.

“The last two miles I just kept thinking about the team and thinking that every spot matters and you’ve got to keep pushing,” Hemmelgarn said. “I don’t know how to describe it. It’s just a crazy feeling.”

In the D-I girls race, Centerville’s Mia Robillard placed fourth in 17:54 and Northmont junior Abby Drosdak was 11th in 18:22. Miamisburg’s Seth Elking placed eighth in 15:27, while Beavercreek’s Keegan Souhan was 12th in 15:34 in the D-I boys race.

In the D-III boys race, Anna’s Hayden Schmidt was runner-up in 15:44.

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