Botkins' Flora twins compete at state

From staff reports

The Flora twins, sophomores representing Botkins High School, competed in their first state cross country championships Saturday at National Trail Raceway in Hebron.

Chloe Flora, with a time of 20 minutes, 13.84 seconds, was the 51st finisher Saturday in a field of 142 runners in the Division III girls race.

She was 28th after the first mile and 30th after the second mile Saturday.

Flora concluded her season with a third-place finish at both the Shelby County Athletic League meet and at the district race in Clayton.

She owns the third-fastest time in school history at 19:28.

Cameron Flora, at 17:22.64, was the 70th overall finisher in the Division III boys race Saturday.

He was 103rd after the first mile before moving himself to 73rd after the second mile.

Flora ended his season with a third-place finish in the SCAL.

Cameron and Chloe each qualified for the state meet by placing in the top 16 of their respective regional races Oct. 26 at Troy High School.

Liberty Center junior Brittany Atkinson was the Division III state champion with a winning time of 18:31.45.

The Coldwater Cavaliers of the Midwest Athletic Conference took third place Saturday, with senior Christina Seas finishing as the state runner-up.

Five of the 16 state qualifying teams in Division III were MAC schools.

Russia’s Emily Borchers, the SCAL champion, took seventh in the Division III race, while Minster’s Morgan Pohl was 14th.

Caroline Heitmeyer, a sophomore at Lehman Catholic, took the final All-Ohio spot with a 16th-place finish.

Russia, the SCAL boys champion, took 10th place Saturday in the team standings, while Anna, also of the SCAL, placed 11th.

The MAC’s St. Henry finished 13th in the boys race.

Coldwater’s John Wenning and St. Henry’s Spencer Schulze finished ninth and 13th, respectively, to earn All-Ohio.

Lehman Catholic’s Joe Fuller, from the NWCC, narrowly missed out on All-Ohio with a 18th-place finish, two seconds outside of the top 16.