By JAMIE BAKER
COLUMBUS — Findlay High School’s boys team hadn’t had an all-Ohio runner at the state cross country meet since 1996.
That streak ended when seniors Stephen Mackell and Shoayb Bascal ran the perfect race Saturday, both runners posted top-20 finishes at the OHSAA state cross country championships at Scioto Downs.
The top 15 individuals in each race earn state meet medals and are recognized on the awards stand in the winner’s circle. The top 25 in each race earn all-Ohio honors from the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches.
Mackell placed 15th in a season-best time of 16:00 while Bascal finished hot on his teammate’s heels in 17th place in 16:02.
Mackell was especially impressive considering it was his state meet debut. A big push in the middle of the race keyed his all-Ohio effort.