Lincolnview junior Bayley Tow, shown here in a file photo taken during cross country season, finished as state runner-up in the 1600 at the OATCCC indoor track championships on Saturday. (TB file photo)
Lincolnview junior Bayley Tow, shown here in a file photo taken during cross country season, finished as state runner-up in the 1600 at the OATCCC indoor track championships on Saturday. (TB file photo)
ARKON — Two of the area’s premeier distance runners took part in the Ohio Association of track and Cross Country Coaches Indoor State Championships over the weekend at Stile Atheltics Field House on the campus of the University of Akron.
Juniors Bayley Tow of Lincolnview and Mycah Grandstaff of Crestview each made the journey across the state as they prepare for the 2014 track season.
Tow competed in two events, the boys Division II/III 1600 and the D II/III 3200, while Grandtsaff ran in the 3200.
Though Grandstaff, an all-Ohio cross country runner, had the better of things in the nearly two-mile race, Tow turned in a tremendous run in the 1600, finishing as state runner-up.


In the 3200 Grandstaff’s time of 9:47.11 was a personal record and good for a third-place finish behind Matt Bromley of Sheridan (D-II) and Michael Mangus of Leesburg Fairfield (D-III). Tow, meanwhile, placed 13 out of 15 runners, with a time of 10:11.19.
In the 1600, however, Tow’s time of 4:27.92 was less than a half-second behind the winner, Brandon Avers of Otsego. Avers, an all-Ohio selection for his outstanding cross country season last fall, set a new personal best time in the race.
Tow’s finish was the best for a Division III runner in the 1600.