On Saturday, September 24, the Bellbrook High School cross country team hosted their annual Bellbrook Invitational meet. Bellbrook has hosted the fine event for over ten years and it is always a favorite not only among Bellbrook runners but among participants from other schools as well. When asked about the condition of the course, sophomore Clay Cavanaugh, a two-year varsity letter winner, responded, “The course is in great shape. It has many water obstacles compared to other courses and it also has challenging elevation changes.”
This year, fourteen teams competed including several SWBL foes such as Franklin and Brookville. Bellbrook’s main competition came in the form of Brookville for the boys and Princeton for the girls. In the end, after an impressive showing from both the boys’ and girls’ teams, both teams came away with first place finishes. The top three finishers for Bellbrook on the boys side were Justin Boreman, Conner Robinson, and Cole Weslow and on the girls side Madison Pelfrey, Elise Kemper, and Emi Ford. Boreman, who finished third overall among boys, ran a time of 17:06 and Pelfrey recorded a time of 19:55, good for a second place finish among the girls. Bellbrook’s next race was October 1 at Fairmont and the SWBL championships will take place on October 15 at Franklin.