SPENCERVILLE – It’s all about training for the latter part of the season.
For Shawnee’s cross country teams, the prospect of a strong finish is looking good.
At Saturday’s Spencerville Bearcat Invitational, Shawnee finished second in both the girls and boys races in the Black Division.
The Shawnee boys placed its five scorers in the top 25 overall, en route to a runner-up spot behind first-place South Adams (IN). South Adams scored 55 points, compared to Shawnee’s 81. There were 15 teams in the boys race.
For the girls, Maddy Cohorn’s first-place finish in 20 minutes, 28.3 seconds helped lead Shawnee to a second-place finish in the Black Division. Decatur Bellmont (IN) won with a score of 52, while Shawnee ended the day with 98 points. South Adams was a close third with 99. There were 16 teams in the Black Division.
Longtime Shawnee coach Russ Holly said his main emphasis at this point of the season is to keep working on the pack.
“The girls ran really well. Maddy (Cohorn) was up front and ran well. The boys went 10, 12, 16, 18 and 25. So, they were up there in a really nice pack. That’s what we want to be able to do,” said Holly.
Behind Cohorn, Molly Scott was the next Shawnee finisher, crossing the finish line in ninth (21:48.2).
For the Shawnee boys, Brandon Sevitz led the way with a 10th place finish in 17:49.
In the Red Division, St. Henry took home the boys title. St. Henry defeated second-place Covington 51-74. There were 16 teams in the Red Division. The Redskins placed three runners in the top 10 overall. Leading the way for St. Henry was Aaren Hemmelgarn with a second-place finish in 16:42. Tri-Village’s Clayton Murphy won in 16:07.4.
In the girls Red Division, it came down to the tiebreaker to decide the champion. Fort Recovery and Spencerville both scored 74 points on the day. However, Ft. Recovery’s sixth runner (non-scorer) finished ahead of Spencerville’s sixth runner to claim the title. There were 12 teams in the girls Red Division.
Ft. Recovery’s Elle Sutter won the race in 20:20.5. Kalida’s Jessica Doepker was close behind in 20:27.
The Minster girls led the area teams at Saturday’s Tiffin Carnival. Minster took first place in the Division III race, defeating second-place Russia 111-145. There were 50 teams in the race.
Julia Slonkosky led Minster with a seventh-place finish in 19:30.69.
The Minster boys finished third. Columbus Grove was fifth, while Coldwater was sixth. There were 39 teams in the boys Div. III race. Eric Dahlinghaus led Minster with a 12th place finish in 16:45.60. Jake Graham led Columbus Grove, finishing ninth (16:20.74).
In Division II, the Van Wert boys finished fifth. Connor Holliday led the Cougars with a ninth-place finish in 16:49.60. There were 46 full squads in the Div. II race.
In the Div. II girls race, Coldwater had the best local showing, finishing second behind Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary. Van Wert came in seventh in the 25-team field.
Coldwater’s Sarah Kanney won the Div. II race in 18:34.71.