Siefker 2nd at state


Champ Watcke leads Minster girls to title

By Mark Altstaetter - sports@limanews.com



Ottoville’s Brendan Siefker runs in the Division III boys race at Saturday’s state cross country meet at National Trail Raceway in Hebron.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Results

State championships

At National Trail Raceway (Hebron)

Girls

Division III

Team Scores: 1. Minster 34, 2. Mount Gilead 131, 3. McDonald 138, 4. Fort Loramie 174, 5. Archbold 183, 6. Pettisville 191, 7. Gilmour Academy 200, 8. Columbus Grove 235, 9. West Liberty-Salem 282, 10. Fredericktown 292, 11. Versailles 321, 12. Liberty Center 324, 13. St. Henry 325, 14. Zane Trace 356, 15. Maplewood 363, 16. Russia 364, 17. New London 371, 18. Centerburg 386, 19. Garaway 390, 20 Lincolnview 396.

Race Winner/Area Finishers

1. Emma Watcke (Minster) 18:38.4, 4. Gwendolyn Meiring (M) 19:03.0, 9. Kaitlynn Albers (M) 19:12.6, 11. Emily Sreehan (Lima Central Catholic) 19:13.7, Mackenzie Bohman (M) 19:15.0, 15. Alyssa Ellerbrock (Columbus Grove) 19:17.5, 22. Ella Boate (M) 19:26.5, 30. Kelsey Broering (Marion Local) 19:46.3, 47. Cassie Francis (M) 20:08.5, 50. Madeline Magoto (M) 20:14.5, 55. Taylor Lucke (Kalida) 20:17.0, 57. Ragen Harting (Crestview) 20:17.7, 65. Ashley Bruns (St. Henry) 20:25.5, 68. Katie Kunkler (St. Henry) 20:27.1, 73. Madison Langdon (Lincolnview) 20:32.7, 84. Erin Downing (CG) 20:43.0, 95. Leanndra Price (CG) 20:52.6, 98. Taylor Ellerbrock (CG) 20:56.8, 104. Sydney Witteborg (CG) 21:03.5, 105. Emma Koenig (Botkins) 21:04.6, 113. Victoria Snyder (L) 21:14.2, 117. Chloe Will (Fort Recovery) 21:14.6, 119. Vannessa Goewert (SH) 21:16.7, 123. Braydon Langdon (L) 21:23.4, 129. Olivia Hemmelgarn (SH) 21:27.3, 132. Alexis Heath (SH) 21:31.6, 134. Madeline Snyder (L) 21:33.0, 135. Erin Clune (SH) 21:33.4, 155. Brooke Speck (SH) 22:17.7, 156. Alena Looser (L) 22:19.1, 157. Morgan Deffenbaugh (CG) 22:19.1, 167. Allie Choi (CG) 22:42.7, 169. Dylann Carey (L) 22:45.1, 175. Rylee Byrne (L) 23:20.8.

Boys

Division II

Team Scores: 1. Lexington 97, 2. Sheridan 101, 3. Akron SVSM 144, 4. Woodridge 158, 5. Rocky River 160, 6. Shelby 164, 7. Bay 183, 8. Heath 201, 9. Buckeye Valley 249, 10. Unioto 284, 11. Chardon NDCL 290, 12. Jonathan Alder 322, 13. Van Wert 329, 14. Lake Catholic 354, 15. Madeira 362, 16. Brookville 390, 17. Eaton 396, 18. Watterson 414, 19. Riverview 424, 20. Spr. Shawnee 429.

Race Winner/Area Finishers

1. Zach Kreft (Buckeye Valley) 15:20.6, 31. Jacob Wasson (Van Wert) 16:43.6, 106. Calahan Wolfrum (VW) 17:24.4, 115. Gage Chiles (VW) 17:32.6, 120. Holden Reichert (VW) 17:37.8, 124. Keaton Brown (VW) 17:40.8, 161. Charlie Pauquette (VW) 18:32.9, 171. Max Sealscott (VW) 19:13.7.

Division III

Team Scores: 1. East Canton 120, 2. McDonald 140, 3. Col. Academy 144, 4. Lee Fairfield 158, 5. Liberty Center 175, 6. Mount Gilead 198, 7. Fort Loramie 204, 8. Grandview Hts. 261, 9. Gilmour Academy 266, 10. Sum. Co. Day 267, 11. New London 275, 12. Smithsville 284, 13. Fredericktown 291, 14. Lincolnview 329, 15. Houston 341, 16. St. Henry 341, 17. Greenon 370, 18. Minster 422, 19. Colonel Crawford 423, Sand. SMCC 424.

Race Winner/Area Finishers

1. Chad Johnson (Colonel Crawford), 2. Brendan Siefker (Ottoville), 22. Devim Huelscamp (St. Henry) 16:29.0, 52. Johnny Schmiedebusch (Columbus Grove) 16:56.2, 57. Karter Tow (Lincolnview) 16:59.2, 58. Austin Fullenkamp (Botkins) 17:00.7, 64. Kyle Roth (Parkway) 17:04.9, 91. Jacob Keysor (L) 17:25.4, 93. Braydon Hoying (SH) 17:27.0, 94. Alex Bowersock (L) 17:27.7, 95. Blake Ontrop (SH) 17:29.3, 109. Jon Albers (Minster) 17:37.1, 111. Matt Gaerke (Parkway) 17:38.4, 115. Luke Barga (M) 17:49.9, 126. Devon Bill (L) 17:55.4, 128. Andrew Broering (M) 17:56.6, 138. Carter Pohl (M) 18:16.3, 141. Ryan Cavanaugh (M) 18:17.9, 145. Joe Sadowski (L) 18:21.5, 147. Brandon Dues (SH) 18:24.0, 156. Seth Brookhart (SH) 18:35.2, 164, Matt Mescher (SH) 18:52.7, 168. Lawrence Hernandez (M) 18:56.7, 175. Noah Daeger (L) 19:32.4, 178. Kevin Meier (SH) 19:42.8, 180. Evan Cox (L) 19:50.5, 183. Aaron Hover (M) 21:45.

HEBRON — Last fall, Ottoville’s Brendan Siefker made a serious run in the postseason, finishing second at the Division III state cross country meet to Colonel Crawford’s Chad Johnson.

Heading into this season, Siefker knew the state title, once again, would have to go through Johnson.

At last Saturday’s regional meet at Tiffin, Johnson pulled away from Siefker after the first mile and went on to win the regional title.

At Saturday’s Ohio High School Athletic Association State Cross Country Championships at National Trail Raceway, Johnson got out fast and gapped Siefker early, en route to winning the state title in a time of 15 minutes, 33.3 seconds. Siefker finished second in 15:45.5 on the 5,000-meter course.

“This year, (finishing in) top two was really my goal,” Siefker said. “I wanted to give Johnson a good run. He led it pretty well at the (first) mile. I just kind of respected that and settled into my own race and finished second. So, I was really happy with that.”

Siefker knew he could not afford to fall too far behind Johnson, if he wanted to be in the hunt.

“Once you get gapped that much early, it’s hard to get back in it,” Siefker said. “You kind of have to make a really important decision early in the race – ‘Am I going to try to run with him when he does that, or am I going to run my own race?’

“It’s kind of risky, because if I run with him, maybe I will have a better shot. But on the flipside, maybe you could die out too. So, it’s kind of a risky decision. I just went with what I felt today and I decided to run my pace.”

By 1,200 meters into the race, it became more of a battle for second, as Siefker found himself running with Liberty Center’s Cameron Stark, who finished a close third (15:51).

Siefker was a little surprised at the pace of Saturday’s race.

“After maybe the first 1,000 meters, I felt like we were still running pretty hard,” Siefker said. “So, I tried to get back into a pace a little bit. I was kind of wrong about that, because we came through the (first) mile and we were about maybe 5, 10 seconds slower than what I wanted to be. Then, it was kind of the same thing at the 2-mile. I wanted to be around 9:55 at the 2-mile, and I was at 10:05. So, it was kind of an odd race. I felt like we were going fast, but the times weren’t quite there. Maybe it was because the course was kind of chewed up and really soft. I don’t know if that had anything to do with it, or if it was the way it was led today.”

Siefker said he doesn’t like to lose, but said he wasn’t ashamed of losing to a runner of the caliber of Johnson. Johnson will be competing in track and cross country next school year at Iowa State.

“Johnson is a great runner. It will be exciting to see what he does in college. So, I’m glad I got to run against him. I think he made me a lot better,” Siefker said.

The top 25 placers in each race on Saturday, earned all-Ohio honors. Besides Siefker, St. Henry’s Devin Huelskamp earned all-Ohio honors, finishing 22nd in 16:29.

In the Division III boys’ team standings, Lincolnview had the best area performance Saturday, finishing 14th out of 20 teams. St. Henry came in 16th, while Minster was 18th.

Title successfully defended

Coming into Saturday’s Division III state meet, a lot of people wondered if Minster could defend its state title. Winning back-to-back state crowns isn’t an easy task in any sport.

However, Minster left no doubt Saturday, as the Wildcats defeated its closest competitor, Mount Gilead, 34-131.

Minster sophomore Emma Watcke put an exclamation point on the Minster team victory, by pulling away late in the race to win in 18:38.4. Minster put three runners in the top nine overall spots.

“It’s just a testament to the girls on what they do, day in and day out,” longtime Minster girls’ coach Jessie Magoto said. “Everyone trains hard. They’re all aggressive. I tell them to be confident, and leave it all out there.”

Watcke broke away from a pack of runners late in the race to nab the state title.

“She’s just a very smart runner,” Magoto said about Watcke. “She’s a confident person. She’s smart, savvy and knows how to read the competition and be patient. That’s the biggest thing about her – she knows how to be patient. When the time comes to lay down the hammer, she’s a fierce competitor.”

Rounding out the top five runners for Minster were Gwendolyn Meiring (fourth, 19:03), Kaitlynn Albers (ninth, 19:12.6), Mackenzie Bohman (13th, 19:15) and Ella Boate (22nd, 19:26.5).

Sreenan earns all-Ohio

It’s been a long road back for last year’s Division III state champion, Lima Central Catholic senior Emily Sreenan.

After suffering a stress fracture in her shin, earlier this season, Sreenan battled back and made a return to the state meet.

On Saturday, Sreenan stayed with the frontrunners for the first two miles, before she fell off pace, en route to an 11th-place finish (19:13.7).

“I was like in fourth until about the 2-mile mark, which was way better than I expected,” Sreenan said with a smile. “At the beginning of the race, I went out really hard, because that’s my style and I wanted to see how this would go. I figured I might die at the 2-mile mark, but it was my last race. So, I wanted to go out and do my best.”

“The shin felt OK. Like, the last mile, it started to hurt a little bit. I think I just gutted it out the last mile. So, I was proud of that. I’m glad I got to come out here and race my best.”

Grove girls eighth

Alyssa Ellerbrock led the Columbus Grove girls to an eighth-place finish in Division III. Ellerbrock finished 15th overall in 19:17.5.

“I was really hoping to get on the podium,” Ellerbrock said. “That was my goal. Every person I passed, I just kept thinking that it’s one more spot up on the podium. I was hoping for a PR, but I was happy at how I placed.”

Other area girls’ Division III teams that competed Saturday were St. Henry (13th) and Lincolnview (20th).

Van Wert boys 13th

The Van Wert boys’ team placed 13th in Division II. Jacob Wasson led the Cougars with a 31st-place finish (16:43.6).

Defiance girls 8th,

boys finish 15th

The Defiance girls’ squad finished eighth in Division II on Saturday. Shay Soukup led Defiance with a 30th-place finish (19:17.9).

The Defiance boys’ 15th-place team was led by Mhalicki Bronson’s 19th-place finish (16:01.4).

Ottoville’s Brendan Siefker runs in the Division III boys race at Saturday’s state cross country meet at National Trail Raceway in Hebron.
http://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/11/web1_State-XC-RP-016-1.jpgOttoville’s Brendan Siefker runs in the Division III boys race at Saturday’s state cross country meet at National Trail Raceway in Hebron. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Champ Watcke leads Minster girls to title

By Mark Altstaetter

sports@limanews.com

Results

State championships

At National Trail Raceway (Hebron)

Girls

Division III

Team Scores: 1. Minster 34, 2. Mount Gilead 131, 3. McDonald 138, 4. Fort Loramie 174, 5. Archbold 183, 6. Pettisville 191, 7. Gilmour Academy 200, 8. Columbus Grove 235, 9. West Liberty-Salem 282, 10. Fredericktown 292, 11. Versailles 321, 12. Liberty Center 324, 13. St. Henry 325, 14. Zane Trace 356, 15. Maplewood 363, 16. Russia 364, 17. New London 371, 18. Centerburg 386, 19. Garaway 390, 20 Lincolnview 396.

Race Winner/Area Finishers

1. Emma Watcke (Minster) 18:38.4, 4. Gwendolyn Meiring (M) 19:03.0, 9. Kaitlynn Albers (M) 19:12.6, 11. Emily Sreehan (Lima Central Catholic) 19:13.7, Mackenzie Bohman (M) 19:15.0, 15. Alyssa Ellerbrock (Columbus Grove) 19:17.5, 22. Ella Boate (M) 19:26.5, 30. Kelsey Broering (Marion Local) 19:46.3, 47. Cassie Francis (M) 20:08.5, 50. Madeline Magoto (M) 20:14.5, 55. Taylor Lucke (Kalida) 20:17.0, 57. Ragen Harting (Crestview) 20:17.7, 65. Ashley Bruns (St. Henry) 20:25.5, 68. Katie Kunkler (St. Henry) 20:27.1, 73. Madison Langdon (Lincolnview) 20:32.7, 84. Erin Downing (CG) 20:43.0, 95. Leanndra Price (CG) 20:52.6, 98. Taylor Ellerbrock (CG) 20:56.8, 104. Sydney Witteborg (CG) 21:03.5, 105. Emma Koenig (Botkins) 21:04.6, 113. Victoria Snyder (L) 21:14.2, 117. Chloe Will (Fort Recovery) 21:14.6, 119. Vannessa Goewert (SH) 21:16.7, 123. Braydon Langdon (L) 21:23.4, 129. Olivia Hemmelgarn (SH) 21:27.3, 132. Alexis Heath (SH) 21:31.6, 134. Madeline Snyder (L) 21:33.0, 135. Erin Clune (SH) 21:33.4, 155. Brooke Speck (SH) 22:17.7, 156. Alena Looser (L) 22:19.1, 157. Morgan Deffenbaugh (CG) 22:19.1, 167. Allie Choi (CG) 22:42.7, 169. Dylann Carey (L) 22:45.1, 175. Rylee Byrne (L) 23:20.8.

Boys

Division II

Team Scores: 1. Lexington 97, 2. Sheridan 101, 3. Akron SVSM 144, 4. Woodridge 158, 5. Rocky River 160, 6. Shelby 164, 7. Bay 183, 8. Heath 201, 9. Buckeye Valley 249, 10. Unioto 284, 11. Chardon NDCL 290, 12. Jonathan Alder 322, 13. Van Wert 329, 14. Lake Catholic 354, 15. Madeira 362, 16. Brookville 390, 17. Eaton 396, 18. Watterson 414, 19. Riverview 424, 20. Spr. Shawnee 429.

Race Winner/Area Finishers

1. Zach Kreft (Buckeye Valley) 15:20.6, 31. Jacob Wasson (Van Wert) 16:43.6, 106. Calahan Wolfrum (VW) 17:24.4, 115. Gage Chiles (VW) 17:32.6, 120. Holden Reichert (VW) 17:37.8, 124. Keaton Brown (VW) 17:40.8, 161. Charlie Pauquette (VW) 18:32.9, 171. Max Sealscott (VW) 19:13.7.

Division III

Team Scores: 1. East Canton 120, 2. McDonald 140, 3. Col. Academy 144, 4. Lee Fairfield 158, 5. Liberty Center 175, 6. Mount Gilead 198, 7. Fort Loramie 204, 8. Grandview Hts. 261, 9. Gilmour Academy 266, 10. Sum. Co. Day 267, 11. New London 275, 12. Smithsville 284, 13. Fredericktown 291, 14. Lincolnview 329, 15. Houston 341, 16. St. Henry 341, 17. Greenon 370, 18. Minster 422, 19. Colonel Crawford 423, Sand. SMCC 424.

Race Winner/Area Finishers

1. Chad Johnson (Colonel Crawford), 2. Brendan Siefker (Ottoville), 22. Devim Huelscamp (St. Henry) 16:29.0, 52. Johnny Schmiedebusch (Columbus Grove) 16:56.2, 57. Karter Tow (Lincolnview) 16:59.2, 58. Austin Fullenkamp (Botkins) 17:00.7, 64. Kyle Roth (Parkway) 17:04.9, 91. Jacob Keysor (L) 17:25.4, 93. Braydon Hoying (SH) 17:27.0, 94. Alex Bowersock (L) 17:27.7, 95. Blake Ontrop (SH) 17:29.3, 109. Jon Albers (Minster) 17:37.1, 111. Matt Gaerke (Parkway) 17:38.4, 115. Luke Barga (M) 17:49.9, 126. Devon Bill (L) 17:55.4, 128. Andrew Broering (M) 17:56.6, 138. Carter Pohl (M) 18:16.3, 141. Ryan Cavanaugh (M) 18:17.9, 145. Joe Sadowski (L) 18:21.5, 147. Brandon Dues (SH) 18:24.0, 156. Seth Brookhart (SH) 18:35.2, 164, Matt Mescher (SH) 18:52.7, 168. Lawrence Hernandez (M) 18:56.7, 175. Noah Daeger (L) 19:32.4, 178. Kevin Meier (SH) 19:42.8, 180. Evan Cox (L) 19:50.5, 183. Aaron Hover (M) 21:45.

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