By AMBER HATTEN
Gazette sports writer
GALION — The Redmen and Lady Red cross country teams had one focus on Saturday, run well enough to qualify for the district meet. At the end of the regional meet, both teams had managed to accomplish that goal. The young Redmen team finished fourth with a total score of 123, finishing in first place was Lexington with a score of 49. The experienced Lady Red team finished second, behind Lexington as well, with a score of 65. Both of these finishes ensured that the Redmen and Lady Red will return to Tiffin this coming Saturday, Oct. 26 to compete in the regional meet.
Head coach Lee Booze was impressed with how both of his teams performed at the district level, “Both teams stepped up to the line with a sense of purpose. They weren’t going to let the weather or the course conditions be a distraction to their goal of qualifying to the regional meet.”
The top finisher for the Redmen was Austin Guthrie, who finished 10th with a time of 17:26. Finishing only two seconds later was Cory Huddleston, who came in 11th with a time of 17:28, Will Schalk finished 20th with a time of 17:53. Gavin Branum finished 40th with a time of 18:40, Mike Gerber, 47th, with a time of 18:56, Keagan Frey, 61st, with a time of 19:20 and Landon Woodard, 65th, with a time of 19:37
Even though the Lady Red have more experienced runners on their team, this race belonged to the freshmen Lauren Turner, who was the top finisher for the Lady Red, taking fourth place, with a time of 20:07. Madison Scagnetti was the next to finish for the Lady Red in seventh place, with a time of 20:12, Liz Ish finished 12th, with a time of 20:32. Michaela Fox finished 14th with a time of 20:38, Kylie Vogel, 28th, with a time of 21:11, Hannah Weasner, 31st, with a time of 21:31 and Whitney Schalk, 44th, with a time of 22:02.
“We had some clutch performances in both races from some young runners. Our sophomore guys, Will Schalk, Gavin Branum and Mike Gerber, all had great days helping us get back to Tiffin for the first time in three years,” said coach Booze. “On the girls side, Lauren Turner and Liz Ish, both freshmen, had great races helping solidify a runner-up spot. Last week at the league meet in Tiffin I told the two teams our goal was to get back here and run even faster, now we have that shot.”
The Lady Red and Redmen cross country teams will be running in the regional meet on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Hedges Boyer Park in Tiffin. The meet will begin at 10:30 a.m.