Defiance runs away with girls, boys WBL cross country titles


By Mark Altstaetter - sports@limanews.com



Bath’s Jackson Chiem sprints for position at the start of the Western Buckeye League boys high school race Saturday at Bath High School.


Dean Brown | The Lima News

Wapakoneta’s Michaelia Fisher stops short of the finish line to check on fallen St. Marys runner Laura Wilker during the Western Buckeye League girls high school race Saturday at Bath High School. Fisher finished 21st and Wilker finished 22nd.


Dean Brown | The Lima News

Shawnee’s Lexie Marshall runs ahead of Bath’s Charis Barnes during the Western Buckeye League girls high school race Saturday at Bath High School.


Dean Brown | The Lima News

Results

WBL Championships

At Bath

Boys

Team Scores: 1. Defiance 18, 2. Van Wert 56, 3. Ottawa-Glandorf 115, 4. Shawnee 118, 5. St. Marys 126, 6. Celina 142, 7. Wapakoneta 194, 8. Elida 205, 9. Bath 205, 10. Kenton 277.

Top 25 Finishers: 1. Hayden Howerton (Defiance) 16:06.65, 2. Mhalicki Bronson (D) 16:23.54, 3. Bryce Mendenall (D) 16:23.63, 4. Jacob Wasson (Van Wert) 16:38.24, 5. Hunter Sheery (D) 16:38.42, 6. Calahan Wolfrum (VW) 17:05.86, 7. Colin Moats (D) 17:17.91, 8. Gage Chiles (VW) 17:27.14, 9. Ethan Ly (Celina) 17:28.95, 10. Brent Siefker (Ottawa-Glandorf) 17:30.39, 11. Noah Tobin (St. Marys) 17:30.93, 12. Hunter Lynch (C) 17:37.18, 13. Josh Rosengarten (O-G) 17:37.81, 14. Gabe Williams (Shawnee) 17:37.97, 15. Josh Kuhlman (S) 17:41.96, 16. Cooper Morton (D) 17:45.80, 17. Vincent Abrams (Bath) 17:52.40, 18. Keaton Brown (VW) 17:52.81, 19. Isaac Webb (Wapakoneta) 17:54.50, 20. Charlie Pauquette (VW) 17:54.63, 21. Jackson Chiem (B) 17:55.91, 22. Parker Schomaeker (O-G) 18:06.32, 23. Jordan Heitkamp (SM) 18:15.59, 24. Jacob Klosterman (C) 18:17.97, 25. John Doll (W) 18:18.59.

Girls

Team Scores: 1. Defiance 20, 2. Celina 102, 3. St. Marys 107, 4. Wapakoneta 113, 5. Shawnee 136, 6. Van Wert 145, 7. Bath 152, 8. Kenton 158, 9. Ottawa-Glandorf 217.

Top 25 Finishers: 1. Shay Soukup (Defiance) 19:54.53, 2. Katie Crites (D) 19:55.53, 3. Ashle Weidenhamer (D) 19:56.17, 4. Paige Schneider (Wapakoneta) 20:08.35, 5. Caylee Phillips (Van Wert) 20:15.22, 6. Emily Poling (D) 20:36.89, 7. Charis Barnes (Bath) 20:46.46, 8. London Moening (D) 20:50.85, 9. Lexie Marshall (Shawnee) 20:56.19, 10. Abby Horvath (D) 21:08.16, 11. Lauren Jackson (Celina) 21:09.51, 12. Lauren Cisco (St. Marys) 21:11.86, 13. Kierra Krohmer (Kenton) 21:12.30, 14. Sammie Unger (K) 21:13.39, 15. Morgan Henschen (SM) 21:15.72, 16. Lauren Doll (W) 21:32.44, 17. Hannah Watt (S) 21:38.57, 18. Caleigh Ross (C) 21:41.46, 19. Sara Wenning (C) 21:50.26, 20. Ashley Robinson (C) 21:58.04, 21. Michaelia Fisher (W) 21:58.51, 22. Laura Wilker (SM) 22:00.74, 23. Maggie Lenhart (D) 22:03.94, 24. Callie Wright (K) 22:05.35, 25. Emma Deters (B) 22:10.96.

NWC Championship

At Van Wert Reservoir Course

Boys

Team Scores: 1. Lincolnview 35, 2. Columbus Grove 49, 3. Crestview 76, 4. Paulding 99, 5. Spencerville 121, 6. Bluffton 132, 7. Allen East 205.

Top 25 Finishers: 1. Karter Tow (Lincolnview) 16:44, 2. Johnny Schmeidebusch (Columbus Grove) 17:03, 3. Alek Bowersock (L) 17:12, 4. Grant Mumaugh (CG) 17:20, 5. Jacob Keysor (L) 17:28, 6. Bailey Manz (Paulding) 17:39, 7. Devon Bill (L) 17:48, 8. Christopher Harnish (Bluffton) 17:51, 9. Jordan Bellman (CG) 17:58, 10. Carson Shull (P) 18:01, 11. Gabe Smith (Crestview) 18:16, 12. Breece Pingle (CG) 18:18, 13. Collin Puckett (C) 18:26, 14. Danil Lichtensteiger (C) 18:29, 15. Robert Modic (Spencerville) 18:33, 16. Marcus Miller (P) 18:37, 17. Tanner Pinks (B) 18:42, 18. Jace Vining (C) 18:52, 19. Noah Daeger (L) 19:02, 20. Dayton Schuerman (C) 19:03, 21. Reece Evans (Ada) 19:13, 22. Joe Sadowski (L) 19:16, 23. Tanner Smith (CG) 19:20, 24. Jacob Bish (CG) 19:21, 25. Keagan Gaskill (S) 19:23.

Girls

Team Scores: 1. Columbus Grove 26, 2. Lincolnview 53, 3. Crestview 67, 4. Paulding 104, 5. Ada 123.

Top 25 Finishers: 1. Alyssa Ellerbrock (Columbus Grove) 19:45, 2. Ragen Harting (Crestview) 20:04, 3. Ashley Bowen (C) 20:13, 4. Taylor Ellerbrock (CG) 20:28, 5. Erin Downing (CG) 20:33, 6. Leanndra Price (CG) 20:50, 7. Madison Langdon (Lincolnview) 21:04, 8. Sydney Hoff (Bluffton) 21:14, 9. Victoria Snyder (L) 21:17, 10. Elyse Manz (Paulding) 21:30, 11. Sydney Witteborg (CG) 21:25, 12. Madeline Snyder (L) 21:35, 13. Abbie James (Ada) 21:46, 14. Dylann Carey (L) 21:54, 15. Brayden Langdon (L) 22:02, 16. Morgan Deffenbaugh (CG) 22:08, 17. Alena Looser (L) 22:10, 18. Allie Choi (CG)b22:17, 19. Alycea Ruhlen (CG) 22:32, 20. Adalynn Longstreth (C) 22:33, 21. Annie Mendenhall (L) 22:41, 22. Emily Schumacher (CG) 22:48, 23. Zoe Stechschulte (CG) 22:54, 24. Rylee Byrne (L) 23:02, 25. Lizzie Bowen (C) 23:18.

BATH TOWNSHIP — Teams strive for perfection.

The Defiance boys’ cross-country team was nearly perfect at Saturday’s Western Buckeye League Championships at Bath.

Defiance placed its top five runners in the top seven overall spots, en route to the team title on Saturday. Defiance scored 18 points (15 points is best possible score), defeating second-place Van Wert (56). Ottawa-Glandorf finished a distant third (115), while Shawnee (118) and St. Marys (126) rounded out the top five squads.

The rest of the 10-team field included Celina (sixth, 142), Wapakoneta (seventh, 194), Elida (eighth, 205), Bath (ninth, 205) and Kenton (10th, 277). Elida notched eighth place over Bath, due to sixth-man tiebreaker.

Defiance’s top three runners stayed together for most of Saturday’s race on the 5,000-meter course. In the last mile, Defiance’s Hayden Howerton broke away from his teammates and went on to win in 16 minutes, 6.65 seconds. Teammates Mhalicki Bronson (16:23.54) and Bryce Mendenhall (16:23.63) finished close behind in second and third, respectively. Hunter Sheery (fifth, 16:38.42) and Colin Moats (seventh, 17:17.91) rounded out Defiance’s scorers.

According to longtime Defiance boys coach Obie Mouser, Saturday’s performance was solid; however, it wasn’t his team’s best race.

“They (Defiance’s top five runners) should have been together all day,” Mouser said. “Hayden (Howerton) just decided to make a move. They should of went with him. Maybe I’m getting picky, but at this stage, it’s what’s coming next week (at districts). We were looking at what we needed to do in this race, and we kind of made some mistakes again. In years past, we might have gotten away with those mistakes, but not now.”

Defiance will be competing in the Division I postseason tournament.

Van Wert had its top three runners crack the top 10 on Saturday. Freshman Jacob Wasson led the Cougars with a fourth-place finish (16:38.24). Teammate Cal Wolfrum, a two-time WBL champion, finished sixth (17:05.86), while Gage Chiles placed eighth (17:27.14). Keaton Brown (18th, 17:52.81) and Charlie Pauquette (20th, 17:54.63) rounded out Van Wert’s scorers.

“Overall, I’m very happy,” Van Wert coach Ryan Holliday said. “We came here knowing that Defiance is just so deep up front. But our goal was to break them up a little bit. We wanted to put our top two (runners) in their pack of four. And we were able to do that a little bit. Jacob Wasson, our freshman, ran an outstanding race. He finished fourth overall, and hopped into that (Defiance) pack there. Cal Wolfrum finished sixth overall. He (Wolfrum) didn’t quite get into that pack, but the (No.) 4, 5 and 6 guys ran together the whole race. We were really happy with that.

“We wanted to see how many guys we could get into the top 22, and get all-league honors; and we were able to get all five in there.”

Celina’s Ethan Ly (ninth, 17:28.95) and O-G’s Brent Siefker (10th, 17:30.39) also cracked the top 10 on Saturday.

On the girls’ side, Defiance nearly matched its counterparts’ score. Defiance ran away with the girls’ WBL crown, defeating second-place Celina 20-102. St. Marys finished a close third (107), while Wapakoneta (113) and Shawnee (136) were not far behind, in fourth and fifth, respectively. Rounding out the remaining nine full squads were Van Wert (sixth, 145), Bath (seventh, 152), Kenton (eighth, 158) and O-G (ninth, 217).

Defiance sophomore Shay Soukup won the race in 19:54.53, while teammates Katie Crites (second, 19:55.53) and Ashley Weidenhammer (third, 19:56.17) were right on her heels.

Wapakoneta’s Paige Schneider (fourth, 20:08.35) and Van Wert’s Caylee Phillips (fifth, 20:15.22) were not far behind the Defiance trio. Bath’s Charis Barnes finished seventh (20:46.46). Shawnee’s Lexie Marshall came in ninth (20:56.19). Lauren Jackson led the Celina pack with an 11th-place finish (21:09.51).

“Today was a great day to show what we have, but it’s not all that we have,” Soukup said. “We’re going to keep moving forward to districts next, and then we’ll work from there.”

NWC championship

The Lincolnview boys and Columbus Grove girls notched Northwest Conference team titles on Saturday at the Van Wert Reservoir.

In the boys’ team standings, Lincolnview defeated second-place Columbus Grove 35-49. Crestview finished third (76), while Paulding (fourth, 99), Spencerville (fifth, 121), Bluffton (sixth, 132) and Allen East (205) rounded out the rest of the field.

Lincolnview’s Karter Tow won the boys’ race on Saturday, in a time of 16:44. Columbus Grove’s Johnny Schmiedebusch finished second (17:03).

The rest of Lincolnview’s pack included Alek Bowersock (third, 17:12), Jacob Keysor (fifth, 17:28), Devon Bill (seventh, 17:48) and Noah Daeger (19th, 19:02).

On the girls’ side, Columbus Grove took home the crown, slipping past second-place Lincolnview 26-53. Crestview (67), Paulding (104) and Ada (123) rounded out the remaining full squads.

Columbus Grove’s Alyssa Ellerbrock won in 19:45. Crestview’s Ragen Harting (20:04) and Ashley Bowen (20:13) finished second and third, respectively.

Columbus Grove’s other four scorers included Taylor Ellerbrock (fourth, 20:28), Erin Downing (fifth, 20:33), Leanndra Price (sixth, 20:50) and Sydney Witteborg (10th, 21:35).

Bath’s Jackson Chiem sprints for position at the start of the Western Buckeye League boys high school race Saturday at Bath High School.
http://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/10/web1_xc003.jpgBath’s Jackson Chiem sprints for position at the start of the Western Buckeye League boys high school race Saturday at Bath High School. Dean Brown | The Lima News
Wapakoneta’s Michaelia Fisher stops short of the finish line to check on fallen St. Marys runner Laura Wilker during the Western Buckeye League girls high school race Saturday at Bath High School. Fisher finished 21st and Wilker finished 22nd.
http://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/10/web1_xc006.jpgWapakoneta’s Michaelia Fisher stops short of the finish line to check on fallen St. Marys runner Laura Wilker during the Western Buckeye League girls high school race Saturday at Bath High School. Fisher finished 21st and Wilker finished 22nd. Dean Brown | The Lima News
Shawnee’s Lexie Marshall runs ahead of Bath’s Charis Barnes during the Western Buckeye League girls high school race Saturday at Bath High School.
http://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/10/web1_xc001.jpgShawnee’s Lexie Marshall runs ahead of Bath’s Charis Barnes during the Western Buckeye League girls high school race Saturday at Bath High School. Dean Brown | The Lima News

By Mark Altstaetter

sports@limanews.com

Results

WBL Championships

At Bath

Boys

Team Scores: 1. Defiance 18, 2. Van Wert 56, 3. Ottawa-Glandorf 115, 4. Shawnee 118, 5. St. Marys 126, 6. Celina 142, 7. Wapakoneta 194, 8. Elida 205, 9. Bath 205, 10. Kenton 277.

Top 25 Finishers: 1. Hayden Howerton (Defiance) 16:06.65, 2. Mhalicki Bronson (D) 16:23.54, 3. Bryce Mendenall (D) 16:23.63, 4. Jacob Wasson (Van Wert) 16:38.24, 5. Hunter Sheery (D) 16:38.42, 6. Calahan Wolfrum (VW) 17:05.86, 7. Colin Moats (D) 17:17.91, 8. Gage Chiles (VW) 17:27.14, 9. Ethan Ly (Celina) 17:28.95, 10. Brent Siefker (Ottawa-Glandorf) 17:30.39, 11. Noah Tobin (St. Marys) 17:30.93, 12. Hunter Lynch (C) 17:37.18, 13. Josh Rosengarten (O-G) 17:37.81, 14. Gabe Williams (Shawnee) 17:37.97, 15. Josh Kuhlman (S) 17:41.96, 16. Cooper Morton (D) 17:45.80, 17. Vincent Abrams (Bath) 17:52.40, 18. Keaton Brown (VW) 17:52.81, 19. Isaac Webb (Wapakoneta) 17:54.50, 20. Charlie Pauquette (VW) 17:54.63, 21. Jackson Chiem (B) 17:55.91, 22. Parker Schomaeker (O-G) 18:06.32, 23. Jordan Heitkamp (SM) 18:15.59, 24. Jacob Klosterman (C) 18:17.97, 25. John Doll (W) 18:18.59.

Girls

Team Scores: 1. Defiance 20, 2. Celina 102, 3. St. Marys 107, 4. Wapakoneta 113, 5. Shawnee 136, 6. Van Wert 145, 7. Bath 152, 8. Kenton 158, 9. Ottawa-Glandorf 217.

Top 25 Finishers: 1. Shay Soukup (Defiance) 19:54.53, 2. Katie Crites (D) 19:55.53, 3. Ashle Weidenhamer (D) 19:56.17, 4. Paige Schneider (Wapakoneta) 20:08.35, 5. Caylee Phillips (Van Wert) 20:15.22, 6. Emily Poling (D) 20:36.89, 7. Charis Barnes (Bath) 20:46.46, 8. London Moening (D) 20:50.85, 9. Lexie Marshall (Shawnee) 20:56.19, 10. Abby Horvath (D) 21:08.16, 11. Lauren Jackson (Celina) 21:09.51, 12. Lauren Cisco (St. Marys) 21:11.86, 13. Kierra Krohmer (Kenton) 21:12.30, 14. Sammie Unger (K) 21:13.39, 15. Morgan Henschen (SM) 21:15.72, 16. Lauren Doll (W) 21:32.44, 17. Hannah Watt (S) 21:38.57, 18. Caleigh Ross (C) 21:41.46, 19. Sara Wenning (C) 21:50.26, 20. Ashley Robinson (C) 21:58.04, 21. Michaelia Fisher (W) 21:58.51, 22. Laura Wilker (SM) 22:00.74, 23. Maggie Lenhart (D) 22:03.94, 24. Callie Wright (K) 22:05.35, 25. Emma Deters (B) 22:10.96.

NWC Championship

At Van Wert Reservoir Course

Boys

Team Scores: 1. Lincolnview 35, 2. Columbus Grove 49, 3. Crestview 76, 4. Paulding 99, 5. Spencerville 121, 6. Bluffton 132, 7. Allen East 205.

Top 25 Finishers: 1. Karter Tow (Lincolnview) 16:44, 2. Johnny Schmeidebusch (Columbus Grove) 17:03, 3. Alek Bowersock (L) 17:12, 4. Grant Mumaugh (CG) 17:20, 5. Jacob Keysor (L) 17:28, 6. Bailey Manz (Paulding) 17:39, 7. Devon Bill (L) 17:48, 8. Christopher Harnish (Bluffton) 17:51, 9. Jordan Bellman (CG) 17:58, 10. Carson Shull (P) 18:01, 11. Gabe Smith (Crestview) 18:16, 12. Breece Pingle (CG) 18:18, 13. Collin Puckett (C) 18:26, 14. Danil Lichtensteiger (C) 18:29, 15. Robert Modic (Spencerville) 18:33, 16. Marcus Miller (P) 18:37, 17. Tanner Pinks (B) 18:42, 18. Jace Vining (C) 18:52, 19. Noah Daeger (L) 19:02, 20. Dayton Schuerman (C) 19:03, 21. Reece Evans (Ada) 19:13, 22. Joe Sadowski (L) 19:16, 23. Tanner Smith (CG) 19:20, 24. Jacob Bish (CG) 19:21, 25. Keagan Gaskill (S) 19:23.

Girls

Team Scores: 1. Columbus Grove 26, 2. Lincolnview 53, 3. Crestview 67, 4. Paulding 104, 5. Ada 123.

Top 25 Finishers: 1. Alyssa Ellerbrock (Columbus Grove) 19:45, 2. Ragen Harting (Crestview) 20:04, 3. Ashley Bowen (C) 20:13, 4. Taylor Ellerbrock (CG) 20:28, 5. Erin Downing (CG) 20:33, 6. Leanndra Price (CG) 20:50, 7. Madison Langdon (Lincolnview) 21:04, 8. Sydney Hoff (Bluffton) 21:14, 9. Victoria Snyder (L) 21:17, 10. Elyse Manz (Paulding) 21:30, 11. Sydney Witteborg (CG) 21:25, 12. Madeline Snyder (L) 21:35, 13. Abbie James (Ada) 21:46, 14. Dylann Carey (L) 21:54, 15. Brayden Langdon (L) 22:02, 16. Morgan Deffenbaugh (CG) 22:08, 17. Alena Looser (L) 22:10, 18. Allie Choi (CG)b22:17, 19. Alycea Ruhlen (CG) 22:32, 20. Adalynn Longstreth (C) 22:33, 21. Annie Mendenhall (L) 22:41, 22. Emily Schumacher (CG) 22:48, 23. Zoe Stechschulte (CG) 22:54, 24. Rylee Byrne (L) 23:02, 25. Lizzie Bowen (C) 23:18.

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