Carey’s top runner finishes fourth at state meet
HEBRON — The Division III boys race at the 2016 state cross country meet at National Trail Raceway Saturday was loaded with talent, including Carey’s Trevor Cook, who had qualified for the race four straight years.
After a pair of 36th-place finishes his first two years at the meet, Cook upped that by placing 11th last year.
How did he top that this year?Well, only by running his fastest time (15:52.4) in his final high school race to finish fourth for the Blue Devils.
“I wasn’t really expecting to be in the lead or right with the leaders in the first 800 meters, but the pace felt comfortable so I went for it,” Cook said. “If I would have been back further, I would probably be beating myself up now. I just went with what I was comfortable with my training and I knew this was going to be my last race, so I had to leave everything out on this course and that’s exactly what I did.
“I knew coming down here I had to be under 16 (minutes) to finish where I wanted to be. Being able to PR in my last race down here makes me 10 times happier than I was at the end of last week. It feels so amazing.”
As far as the Carey team, the Blue Devils placed 13th with 303 points. Fort Loramie won the Division III title with 97 points, while Colonel Crawford junior Chad Johnson won the race in 15:18.4.
Tyler Leist added a 65th (17:01.8) for Carey, while Jack Yeater was 125th (17:40.9), Joe Oren finished 130th (17:46.1), Gerardo Garcia was 153rd (18:07.9), Jevyn Pratt crossed the finish line 176th (18:46.5) and Tanner Stoll placed 185th (19:20).
Also in the Division III boys race was Hopewell-Loudon’s Tyler Reinhart-Anez, who finished 124th in 17:39.7, and St. Wendelin’s Nick DeHaven, who placed 30th in 16:31.6.
“I felt really excited coming into the week. I wanted to get this race going being my last race of my life if I don’t run in college, but I just wanted to do well,” DeHaven said. “I just wanted to PR and be happy. I was happy I was here and everything I’ve achieved in these four years to get here.
“I knew not to go out too fast and be in first for the first 500 meters, but I just wanted to do well. I was still hungry after last year and I didn’t want to settle. This today, I was settling for the second mile, but again, I was just happy to make it down here again.”
Making it down to the state meet was a new experience for Columbian junior Jacob Anderson, who competed in the Division I race.
Anderson handled the pressure well as he got out front of the pack early and stayed there. He was fifth running by the grandstand at the beginning and 11th around the turn.
He finished 24th in 15:48.4 to earn All-Ohio status.
“Coming in, I’ve said that the Carnival is kind of our benchmark with a lot of teams there to run fast, which is similar to the state meet,” Columbian coach John Kihorany said. “He was coincidentally 24th at the Carnival and 24th today as well.
“Our goal was to go out fast and not try to catch people. We set the tone early to go out fast and take a shot at All-Ohio in the top 25 and that’s the first time he’s ever broken 16 minutes, so it was a great day to run on the grandest of stages.”
Solon was the Division I race with a score of 79 points, while Lakota East’s Dustin Horter won the race in 15:02.8.
For Anderson, he now has the experience down at the state meet and will look to return to Hebron in his senior year, Kihorany said.
“We just knew from going over the course layout that if you don’t get out quick enough you might be slowed down by runners slowing down during the middle of the race,” he said. “It really is a great course if you can use it to your advantage, and that’s getting out fast.”After last year where he was on the bubble for making it here, his whole focus in the offseason was making it to Columbus. He knows what it takes now to get down here and the type of kids he will be racing against here. He worked really hard this year and he will have to again to try to make it back down. But know he knows exactly what he has to do.”