Mississinawa Valley freshman Taylee Woodbury was the top runner in the Western Ohio Athletic Conference this year. (Dale Barger Photo)

3 WOAC Girls Cross Country Runners Compete at State

The Western Ohio Athletic Conference sent 3 individual runners to the Girls Division III Cross Country State Championship Meet in 2021.  They were Taylee Woodbury – Mississinawa Valley, McKenna Downing – Newton and Brooklyn Miras – Arcanum and all had a good showing at the state meet.

Taylee Woodbury is just a freshman, and she led the trio with the top finish placing 34th out of 187 runners with a time of 19:37.7 a personal best and setting a new school record for Mississinawa Valley. 

It was a banner year for Woodbury who was the 2nd best freshman in the state in Division III.  

She placed 7th at the district meet and 9th overall at the regional meet.  She was the 2021 WOAC Runner of the Year placing 1st in the league meet.  She won 5 races during the season: the Arrow Invitational, Randolph Southern Invitational, Patriot Invitational, Blazer Invitational and was the WOAC meet champion.

McKenna Downing of Newton also had a good year finishing at the state meet in her senior year.  She placed 50th overall with a time of 19:42.2.  McKenna also won the Newton Invitational this year was 3rd at the Covington Invitational and 3rdin the WOAC league meet. 

Brooklyn Miras of Arcanum is a junior and she placed 60th at the state meet with a time of 20:07.9.  Her team also finished 6th at the Regional Meet two places short of qualifying for the state meet.

Brooklyn won the Mississinawa Valley Blackhawk Invitational, was 6th at the Bob Schul Invitational and 2nd at the Ed Lease Invitational.

Congratulations to these 3 ladies for a successful season and qualifying and running at the state meet.

Taylee Woodbury was 34th out of 187 runners competing at the Girls D3 State Cross Country Meet. She also was the 2nd best freshman in the state. (Dale Barger Photo)
Arcanum junior Cross Country Runner Brooklyn Miras ran at the D3 Girls State Cross Country Meet and finished 60th out of 187 runners. She finished 2nd in the WOAC League Meet. (Handshoe Photograph)
Newton senior McKenna Downing was 50th at this years D3 Girls State Cross Country Meet. She finished 3rd in the WOAC League Meet. (Handshoe Photograph)

Dale Barger / Sports Editor

Dale Barger is a lifelong sports enthusiast and has covered high school athletics for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio and now becomes sports editor for Darke County now. For 18 years Dale has been a sportswriter for The Daily Advocate and has been published in online sorts magazines and conference websites. Dale is also an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years. Dale is a member of The Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association and was a 2019 recipient of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Southwest District Media Service Award. Dale lives on a 72-acre farm outside of New Madison, Ohio and is married to Rita Ann (Fourman) Barger and together they have two sons and three grandkids. If you don’t see Dale at a sporting event you might catch him following his other passion – photographing nature and wildlife. Contact Darke County Now Editor Media Sports Editor Dale Barger at dbarger@darkecountynow.com.

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