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Dowdell, Coon compete at Mid-East championships

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Nov 18, 2019 at 12:09 PM

KETTERING — Two area standout cross country runners represented Ohio on Saturday at the 33rd annual Mid-East cross country championships, which were held at Indian Riffle Park in Kettering.

All-Ohio seniors Lily Dowdell, St. Paul, and Tyler Coon, Edison, participated in the race.

The Mid-East championships has been held annually since 1987, and presents the best high school boys and girls runners from Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and other area states.

Each state selects 12 senior boy and 12 senior girl runners to compete. The event provides a regional forum that supports the athlete and college coaches looking for new talent. The race is sponsored by the members of the Greater Dayton Track and Cross Country Officials Association and the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches.

In the girls race, Dowdell placed 26th in a time of 19:46, while Coon was 28th in the boys race in 16:36.

Dowdell was a four-time Firelands Conference champion for the Flyers, becoming just the third girl in league history to do so. 

Across the four years, Dowdell turned in first-place times of 19:38.39, 19:33.81, 20:09.07 and the 19:20.2. No other runner was ever within 10 seconds of her at the four championship meets.

At the state level, Dowdell made three trips to state and was All-Ohio twice. She finished 59th as a freshman in 2016, 10th in 2017 and 29th last month as a senior.

Coon won the SBC Bay Division title this season, and was second last season, third as a sophomore in 2017 and fifth in 2016 as a freshman. At the state level, Coon also went to state three times. He was 74th as a freshman in 2017, 11th as a junior in 2018 and 15th last month as a senior.

A two-time All-Ohioan, Coon committed to the University of Akron last week.

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