Minerva High School's girl's cross country team won the Big Division race at Saturday's Claymont Invitational.

The Lions finished with an average time of 21:05.41, finishing ahead of runners-up Lake (21:47.65) and third-place Wooster (22:34.87).

Hera Hoffee took the individual title for Minerva at 20:01.96, ahead of individual runner-up Daniela Scheffler (Lake, 20:11.35).

In the boys' Big Division race, East Canton won the team title at a 17:32.05 average time, led by Gabe Schilling's 16:52.85. Schilling, however, would finish third behind individual medalist Connor Shingleton (Minerva, 16:30.71) and runner-up Ian Clevinger (Lake, 16:44.65).

Minerva cross country runners Hera Hoffee (left) and Connor Shingleton (right) both finished in 1st place among individual runners at Saturday's Claymont Invitational.

Both Minerva (18:09.99 average) and Lake (18:32.63) would finish third and fourth, respectively, behind East Canton and team runner-up Wooster (17:55.02).

In the Small Division races, the girls' race was won by St. Mary's (22:54.09), followed by runner-up Buckeye Trail (23:52.61). Strasburg (4th, 22:22.27), East Canton (5th, 25:46.32), Fairless (6th, 27:43.67), Ridgewood (7th, 28:21.76), Malvern (9th, 28:17.17), and Claymont (28:45.96) also rounded out spots in the twelve-team race. The boys' race, meanwhile, was won by Canton South (19:23.05), with area schools Newcomerstown (5th, 20:36.55), Claymont (6th, 20:40.38), Fairless (7th, 21:15.84), Shadyside (9th, 22:10.49), Buckeye Trail (10th, 21:20.55), and Ridgewood (11th, 22:06.23) also competing.

PICKERINGTON XC CLASSIC

Saturday also featured the Pickerington Cross Country Classic at Pickerington North High School.

The Panther race was won by Dublin Coffman for the girls (20:34 average) and Dublin Jerome (16:51) for the boys.

In the girls' race, area racers Tuscarawas Valley finished 12th place, while Carrollton finished 13th out of 14 schools. The Warriors were led by Hillari Baker, who finished 26th among overall runners at 21:23.3. On the boys' side, Carrollton finished 18th, with Ricky Sibila (168th overall) racing at 19:38.4.

Columbus DeSales (17:47) won the boys' Bengal race, with Garaway (4th) and Sandy Valley (17th) among the competing schools. In the girls' Bengal race, Marysville (21:05) took the team honors, followed by Sandy Valley (7th) and Garaway (10th).