Pictured are Fairfield senior Cohen Frost and McClain senior Genève Baril. (HCP Photos/Stephen Forsha)
Pictured are Fairfield senior Cohen Frost and McClain senior Genève Baril. (HCP Photos/Stephen Forsha)
Two Highland County athletes raced at the 2020 OHSAA State Cross-Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 7, as Fairfield senior Cohen Frost and McClain senior Genève Baril ran at Fortress Obetz in Columbus.

Fairfield’s Cohen Frost made his third appearance at the Division III state meet for the Lions, and he was also a four-time state qualifier in his career. On Saturday, Frost finished in 32nd place with a time of 16:32.9. There were 183 runners in the Division III boys race.

During the state race, Frost finished his first mile at 5:06.9, as he was in 54th place at the time. After the second mile was complete, Frost moved up to 33rd place with a time of 10:28.1, an improvement of 21 positions.

This season, Frost was a member of the Fairfield team that won their 10th straight district championship, and for the 2020 season, he set his PR with a time of 16:18 in a race at Unioto.

To qualify for the state championships this year, Frost had a time of 16:55.9 at regionals at Pickerington North High School. That kept a program streak of having at least one runner from Fairfield qualify for state for 10 straight seasons.

Frost was also the SHAC boys champion this season with a time of 16:31.

McClain’s Genève Baril — an exchange student from Quebec, Canada — made her state debut on Saturday in the Division II girls race, and she finished in 46th place overall out of 177 runners with a time of 19:52.4.

Baril was in 46th place after the first mile was completed with a time of 5:57.0, then went up to 36th place after mile two with a time at 12:22.3.

The McClain senior Baril is the first runner in the history of the girls program at McClain to become a state qualifier and was the first McClain athlete to qualify for state since 2010.

This season at McClain, Baril totaled nine Top 5 finishes in 11 races and earned four wins this season.

Baril was also the Frontier Athletic Conference champion this season, and her PR was 19:46 at a meet held at Whiteoak High School.