DELPHOS — Ottoville distance runner Brendan Siefker knows where he needs to be by the postseason.
After his stellar performance at Saturday’s Delphos St. John’s Invitational, Siefker looks to be one step closer to reaching his goals. This past fall, Siefker excelled in cross country, finishing fourth in Division III at the state meet.
On Saturday, Siefker, a sophomore, won both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs, and was part of the 1,600- and 3,200- meter relay teams for the Big Green.
Siefker won the 1,600 in 4 minutes, 38.66 seconds. Then, later in the day, he came back and shattered the meet record in the 3,200, clocking a time of 9:52.12, which was also his personal-best.
In the 3,200, Siefker took control of the race from the start and ran away from the pack for the victory. Fort Jennings’ Dylan Wiechart finished a distant second in 10:40.57. Siefker came into Saturday’s invite with a personal best of 9:58, which he set earlier this season.
On Saturday, Siefker was focused on going after the meet record. The previous record in the 3,200 at the St. John’s Invite was 9:54.92, set last season by Lincolnview’s Bayley Tow.
“I knew I had to PR (personal record) by like five or six seconds,” Siefker said. “So, that’s what my goal was – to go out there and PR.
“I was following what the guy at the finish line had (as far as lap times). I knew after the first mile, I was around 4:50. So, I knew I had a shot at it.”
Siefker clocked an impressive 67-second final lap in the 3,200 to secure the meet record.
In the 1,600, Siefker was in control of the race from start to finish. Kalida’s Adam von der Embse finished second (4:50.87).
“My first and my last lap are always faster,” Siefker said about the 1,600 race. “That 65 (seconds) is usually my first lap, so I keep trying to hit that. As I get in better shape, then my middle ones (laps) will get more consistent. My goal is to get in the 4:20s by the end of the year. So, I’ll have to get all of them (laps) into the 60s.”
In the final team standings for the boys, Delphos Jefferson won the title, edging out St. John’s 141-132. Lincolnview finished third (114), and Ottoville came in fourth (78). There were eight schools at the meet.
“It’s a great thing for the kids to win a meet like this. It’s been a long time,” Delphos Jefferson boys co-coach Todd Teman said. “Over the last couple of years we’re starting to get a little better numbers. We can score in more events. And it’s helping us to do some bigger things.”
Brent Binkley is the other co-coach for Delphos Jefferson.
On the girls side, Ottoville defeated second-place Lincolnview for the team title, 144-94. St. John’s finished third (89), while Lima Central Catholic (83) rounded out the top four teams.
“We’re starting to hit our stride right now, with the weather and stuff. … It’s actually a pretty nice day out here, and it helped,” Ottoville girls coach Vaughn Horstman said.
Lima Central Catholic’s Emily Sreenan was a workhorse on Saturday, winning both the 1,600 (5:22.04) and 3,200 (11:59.15). She also finished second in the 800 (2:29.51), and was the anchor leg of the 1,600 relay.
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