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Tecumseh junior looks to peak at cross national

The road to statehood was not easy. Jackson, who played soccer when he was younger, was playing barefoot soccer last summer when he broke his foot. This season is therefore his first undisturbed by injury. Vaughan thinks Jackson’s peak time one day will be under 16 minutes.

“Hopefully this week, and he doesn’t have to wait until next year to try and break into the 15s, which is a tremendous accomplishment,” Vaughan said.

Vaughan said he was told the state course could give fast times. Jackson is seeded 48th, but he beat 11 of those ahead of him in the regional meet. It takes a top 30 to be in every state.

“A little while ago it seemed out of reach, and it probably isn’t,” Vaughan said. “Maybe he’s running in the 15s, maybe not. But Parker is warned that he’s going to go every day. He’s not the kind of kid who’s going to say, ‘I’m just happy to be here. He wants something to run for.

Race day begins with the Division III boys meet at 11 a.m. and followed by the girls race at 11:45 a.m. Division II races are boys at 1 p.m. and girls at 1:45 a.m. The final race is the Division I girls race at 3:45.

Division III Boys: West Liberty-Salem was second to the Troy area and Cedarville was fourth.

The WLS is in attendance for the 21st time and is led by Owen Harrison, who placed third at regionals in 16:44.7. Other Tigers runners are junior Joey LaRoche, sophomores Troy Bradley and Quentin Rudolph and freshmen Garrett Wallen, Dylan King and Brevin Louden.

Cedarville is at the state for the fourth time in five years and led by senior Caleb Sultan, who finished second at regionals in 16:25.6. The rest of the Indians are senior Ben Ormsbee, juniors Isaac Wallis (eighth at regionals) and Jack Baise, sophomores Josh Sultan and Joshua Wallace and rookie Stewart Kroh.

Emmanuel Christian Jr. Caleb Baggett (ninth at Regionals) and Mechanicsburg Jr. Will Negley (11th at Pickerington North Regional) will compete individually.

Girls Division III: West Liberty-Salem is back in the state for the 12th time, all since 2000. The Tigers were fifth last year and return juniors Ashley Yoder (sixth at regionals), Addison McAuley Taylor Kennedy and Claire Longshore. They are joined by freshmen Breece Gullett (15th at regionals), Gwen McCullough and Malia Miller (seventh at regionals). The Tigers finished second in regionals by one point behind Fort Loramie.

Mechanicsburg rookie Isabelle Rodgers qualified with a 19th-place finish at Pickerington North Regional.

Division II Boys: Shawnee sophomore, Gregory Lange, managed to declare with a 13th place finish at Troy in 16:52.9.