High school cross country: Host Columbus Grove dominates invitational


By Mark Altstaetter - sports@limanews.com



Columbus Grove’s Alyssa Ellerbrock leads Hicksville’s Tiffany Chippetta during Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational.

Columbus Grove’s Alyssa Ellerbrock leads Hicksville’s Tiffany Chippetta during Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational.


Results

Columbus Grove Invitational

Boys

Large School Race

Team Scores: 1. New Haven 84, 2. Liberty-Benton 91, 3. Findlay 108, 4. Wauseon 119, 5. Ottawa-Glandorf 137, 6. Anna 162, 7. St. Marys 164, 8. Fairview 170, 9. Tinora 199, 10.Bryan 303, 11. Lima Senior 353, 12. Elmwood 357, 13. Evergreen 375, 14. Van Buren 383, 15. Bath 385, 16. Fostoria 425, 17. Bluffton 441, 18. Allen East 523.

Race Winner/Area Finishers in Top 50: 1. Michael Cheezan (Wauseon) 16:42.6, 5. Bailey Manz (Paulding) 17:13.7, 7. Kyius Simpson (Lima Senior) 17:20.8, 8. Noah Tobin (St. Marys) 17:26.2, 19. Quentin Potempa 17:50.5, 23. Parker Schomaeker (Ottawa-Glandorf) 17:56.9, 28. Kamron Maag (O-G) 18:07.8, 31. Connor Niese (O-G) 18:15.6, 33. Josh Rosengarten (O-G) 18:17.3, 35. Jordan Heitkamp (SM) 18:20.4, 36. Anthony Lutz (LS) 18:20.9, 39. Tommy Mabry (SM) 18:30.5, 41. Vincent Abrams (Bath) 18:37.2, 43. Jack Cisco (SM) 18:39.8, 46. Max Buddelmeyer (O-G) 18:42.1.

Small School Race

Team Scores: 1. Columbus Grove 53, 2. Lincolnview 99, 3. Minster 109, 4. Mapleton 120, 5. Edgerton 180, 6. Hopewell-Loudon 205, 7. Botkins 208, 8. New Riegel 213, 9. Fayette 241, 10. Woodmore 278, 11. Crestview 312, 12. Ayersville 346, 13. Kalida 361, 14. Antwerp 396, 15. Mccomb 406, 16. North Central 425, 17. Ottoville 442, 18. Carey 460, 19. Patrick Henry 467, 20. Hicksville 489, 21. Ada 497.

Race Winner/Area Finishers in Top 50: 1. Noah Fisher (Ayersville) 15:37.0, 3. Alek Bowersock (Lincolnview) 16:44.6, 4. Karter Tow (Li) 16:46.4, 5. Johnny Schmeidebusch (Columbus Grove) 16:53.3, 6. Luke Barga (Minster) 17:01.7, 7. Grant Mumaugh (CG) 17:11.8, 9. Caleb Stechschulte (CG) 17:16.1, 10. Wyatt Richardson (Crestview) 17:22.4, 15. Carson Closson (CG) 17:30.8, 16. Alex Albers (Min) 17:36.0, 17. Breece Pingle (CG) 17:45.2, 19. Alan Fullenkamp (Botkins)17:47.5, 20. Jon Albers (Min) 17:50.3, 21. Devon Bill (Li) 17:52.2, 23. Nolan German (Ottoville) 17:54.7, 24. Ryan Lucke (Kalida) 17:57.1, 25. Jordan Bellman (CG) 17:59.1, 27. Aaron Huwer (Min) 18:05.4, 28. Will Zeller (Kal) 18:06.8, 36. Ethan Chambers (Leipsic) 18:27.1, 39. Miguel Jordan (Ada) 18:30.9, 41. Brock Schulte (Min) 18:34.6, 43. Collin Watterson (Bot) 18:39.5, 46. Elliot Goubeaux (Bot) 18:45.0, 48. Donovan Brown (Bot) 18:47.9.

Girls

Large School Race

Teams Scores: 1. Minster 18, 2. Findlay 66, 3. St Marys 135, 4. Anna 164, 5. Wauseon 210, 6. Fairview 211, 7. Bryan 213, 8. New Haven 228, 9. Bath 261, 10. Liberty-Benton 269, 11. Evergreen 286, 12. Ottawa-Glandorf 307, 13. Lake 324, 14. Tinora 327, 15. Elmwood 367, 16 Fostoria 405, 17. Lima Senior 438, 18. Paulding 480

Area Finishers in the top 50

1. Emma Watcke (Minster) 19:08, 2. Kaitlynn Albers (Minster) 19:43, 4. Ella Boate (Minster) 20:14, 5. Mackenzie Bohman (Minster) 20:18, 6. Gwendolyn Mering (Minster) 20:38, 8. Madeline Magoto (Minster) 20:48, 11. Mason Pohl (Minster) 21:00, 14. Morgan Henschen (St Marys) 21:03, 17 Rachel Kitzmiller (Minster) 21:17, 22. Emma Meyer (Minster) 21:42, 26. Janae Hoying (Minster) 22:11, 28. Lauren Cisco (St Marys) 22:23, 29. Emma Deters (Bath) 22:26, 31. Kayla Schwieterman (Minster) 22:31, 32. Brianna Cisco (St Marys) 22:33, 40. Rosie Saunders (St Marys) 23:12, 46. Mary Schmiesing (Minster) 23:30, 47. Ireland Lawrence (Bath) 23:31, 49. Bianca Endres (St Marys) 23:42

Small School Race

Team Scores: 1. Columbus Grove 85, 2. Woodmore 92, 3. Lincolnview 116, 4. Carey 148, 5. Hopewell-Loudon 168, 6. Botkins 178, 7. Ayersville 188, 8. Crestview 214, 9. Maplteon 217, 10. Hicksville 222, 11. Fayette 245, 12. Edgerton 249, 13. Antwerp 261, 14. Spencerville 283, 15, New Riegel 408, 16. McComb 489

Area Finishers in the top 50

1. Alyssa Ellerbrock (Columbus Grove) 18:52, 5. Erin Downing (Columbus Grove) 19:53, 9. Madison Langdon (Lincolnview) 20:32, 11. Lola Wensink (Leipsic) 21:07, 12. Leanndra Price (Columbus Grove) 21:10, 13. Lillee Stewart (Spencerville) 21:36, 14. Ragen Harting (Crestview) 21:42, 16. Torie Bockey (Spencerville) 21:53, 18. Victoria Snyder (Lincolnview) 21:56, 19. Madeline Snyder (Lincolnview) 22:00, 33. Morgan Deffenbaugh (Columbus Grove) 22:49, 34. Rylee Byrne (Lincolnview) 22:49, 37. Emily Greulach (Crestview) 22:53, 38. Lizzie Bowen (Crestview) 22;53, 39. Paige Hoersten (Ottoville) 22:56, 40. Zoe Stechschulte (Columbus Grove) 22:57, 42. Peyton Henry (Leipsic) 23:04, 44. Brayden Langdon (Lincolnview) 23:10, 47. Emily Schumacher (Columbus Grove) 23:30

COLUMBUS GROVE — There’s nothing sweeter than winning on your home course.

The Columbus Grove cross country program dominated Saturday at the annual Columbus Grove Invitational.

Both the girls’ and boys’ Columbus Grove squads took home the gold Saturday.

In the girls’ Small School Division, Columbus Grove slipped past a tough Woodmore squad, 85-92 to win the team title. Lincolnview (116) finished third, Carey (148) placed fourth, while Hopewell-Loudon (168) was fifth in the 16-team field.

Columbus Grove junior Alyssa Ellerbrock pulled away from Hicksville senior Tiffany Chiappetta in the final 400 meters to win the race in a school-record time of 18 minutes, 52.2 seconds on the 5,000-meter course near Clymer Stadium. Chiappetta, who was right behind Ellerbrock for most of the race, finished a full four seconds behind Ellerbrock.

Ellerbrock broke a 25-year-old school record on Saturday.

“That was my main goal for this season,” Ellerbrock said. “Last week, there was some bad weather, and I was a little off. Last year, I PR’d on this course and I was just a few seconds off (the school record). This year the weather was really good for this race. So, I was just going to go for it.”

Columbus Grove sophomore Erin Downing finished fifth (19:53.1). Rounding out the five scorers for Columbus Grove were Leanndra Price (11th, 21:10), Morgan Deffenbaugh (31st, 22:49.2) and Zoe Stechschulte (37th, 22:57.7).

“Overall, it was a really good performance,” Columbus Grove girls coach Jason Jay said. “Obviously, Alyssa ran really, really well. For Erin (Downing), it was her first time under 20 minutes. For our third runner (Price), it was her best time of the season. They all stepped up really big today. So, overall, I’m really pleased this early in the season.”

On the boys’ side of the Small School Division, Columbus Grove’s pack was too much for second-place Lincolnview to overcome. The Bulldogs placed its five scorers in the top 17 overall spots, en route to a winning score of 53 points. Lincolnview was a distant second with 99 points. Minster (109) finished third, while Mapleton (120) and Edgerton (180) rounded out the top five teams. There were 21 schools that fielded full teams in that division.

Junior Johnny Schmiedebusch led Columbus Grove with a fifth-place finish in 16:53.3. Rounding out the top five runners for the Bulldogs were Grant Mumaugh (seventh, 17:11.8), Caleb Stechschulte (ninth, 17:16), Carson Closson (15th, 17:30.7) and Breece Pringle (17th, 17:45.2).

Ayersville’s Noah Fisher won the race in 15:37.

“We have a pretty solid core this year,” Columbus Grove boys coach Terry Schnipke said. “It’s a lot of fun to coach them.

“We had a couple freshmen (Stechschulte, Closson) come in. We knew they were going to be good, but we didn’t know how good. And they motivated Johnny (Schmiedebusch), Jordan (Bellman, 25th, 17:59), Breece (Pringle) and Grant (Mumaugh) to step up their game a little bit too.”

In the girls’ Large School Division, Minster nearly recorded a perfect score (15 points), defeating its nearest opponent Findlay, 18-66. St. Marys (135), Anna (164) and Wauseon (210) rounded out the top five teams in a field of 18 squads.

Minster junior Emma Watcke, last season’s Division III cross country state champion, won Saturday’s race in 19:08.9. Kaitlynn Albers (second, 19:43.8), Ella Boate (fourth, 20:14.2), Mackenzie Bohman (fifth, 20:18.7) and Gwendolyn Meiring (sixth, 20:38.2) rounded out the remaining five scorers for Minster.

Watcke jumped out to a commanding lead early in the race and was never challenged.

“I just try to take it 30 seconds at a time,” Watcke said. “I try to get to a point, and once I get there, try to continue from there.”

In the boy’s Large School Division, New Haven (Indiana) took first with 81 points. Findlay (105), Wauseon (116), Ottawa-Glandorf (132) and Liberty-Benton (138) made up the top five teams in that division, which consisted of 18 full squads.

Columbus Grove’s Alyssa Ellerbrock leads Hicksville’s Tiffany Chippetta during Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/09/web1_grove017.jpgColumbus Grove’s Alyssa Ellerbrock leads Hicksville’s Tiffany Chippetta during Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational.

By Mark Altstaetter

sports@limanews.com

Results

Columbus Grove Invitational

Boys

Large School Race

Team Scores: 1. New Haven 84, 2. Liberty-Benton 91, 3. Findlay 108, 4. Wauseon 119, 5. Ottawa-Glandorf 137, 6. Anna 162, 7. St. Marys 164, 8. Fairview 170, 9. Tinora 199, 10.Bryan 303, 11. Lima Senior 353, 12. Elmwood 357, 13. Evergreen 375, 14. Van Buren 383, 15. Bath 385, 16. Fostoria 425, 17. Bluffton 441, 18. Allen East 523.

Race Winner/Area Finishers in Top 50: 1. Michael Cheezan (Wauseon) 16:42.6, 5. Bailey Manz (Paulding) 17:13.7, 7. Kyius Simpson (Lima Senior) 17:20.8, 8. Noah Tobin (St. Marys) 17:26.2, 19. Quentin Potempa 17:50.5, 23. Parker Schomaeker (Ottawa-Glandorf) 17:56.9, 28. Kamron Maag (O-G) 18:07.8, 31. Connor Niese (O-G) 18:15.6, 33. Josh Rosengarten (O-G) 18:17.3, 35. Jordan Heitkamp (SM) 18:20.4, 36. Anthony Lutz (LS) 18:20.9, 39. Tommy Mabry (SM) 18:30.5, 41. Vincent Abrams (Bath) 18:37.2, 43. Jack Cisco (SM) 18:39.8, 46. Max Buddelmeyer (O-G) 18:42.1.

Small School Race

Team Scores: 1. Columbus Grove 53, 2. Lincolnview 99, 3. Minster 109, 4. Mapleton 120, 5. Edgerton 180, 6. Hopewell-Loudon 205, 7. Botkins 208, 8. New Riegel 213, 9. Fayette 241, 10. Woodmore 278, 11. Crestview 312, 12. Ayersville 346, 13. Kalida 361, 14. Antwerp 396, 15. Mccomb 406, 16. North Central 425, 17. Ottoville 442, 18. Carey 460, 19. Patrick Henry 467, 20. Hicksville 489, 21. Ada 497.

Race Winner/Area Finishers in Top 50: 1. Noah Fisher (Ayersville) 15:37.0, 3. Alek Bowersock (Lincolnview) 16:44.6, 4. Karter Tow (Li) 16:46.4, 5. Johnny Schmeidebusch (Columbus Grove) 16:53.3, 6. Luke Barga (Minster) 17:01.7, 7. Grant Mumaugh (CG) 17:11.8, 9. Caleb Stechschulte (CG) 17:16.1, 10. Wyatt Richardson (Crestview) 17:22.4, 15. Carson Closson (CG) 17:30.8, 16. Alex Albers (Min) 17:36.0, 17. Breece Pingle (CG) 17:45.2, 19. Alan Fullenkamp (Botkins)17:47.5, 20. Jon Albers (Min) 17:50.3, 21. Devon Bill (Li) 17:52.2, 23. Nolan German (Ottoville) 17:54.7, 24. Ryan Lucke (Kalida) 17:57.1, 25. Jordan Bellman (CG) 17:59.1, 27. Aaron Huwer (Min) 18:05.4, 28. Will Zeller (Kal) 18:06.8, 36. Ethan Chambers (Leipsic) 18:27.1, 39. Miguel Jordan (Ada) 18:30.9, 41. Brock Schulte (Min) 18:34.6, 43. Collin Watterson (Bot) 18:39.5, 46. Elliot Goubeaux (Bot) 18:45.0, 48. Donovan Brown (Bot) 18:47.9.

Girls

Large School Race

Teams Scores: 1. Minster 18, 2. Findlay 66, 3. St Marys 135, 4. Anna 164, 5. Wauseon 210, 6. Fairview 211, 7. Bryan 213, 8. New Haven 228, 9. Bath 261, 10. Liberty-Benton 269, 11. Evergreen 286, 12. Ottawa-Glandorf 307, 13. Lake 324, 14. Tinora 327, 15. Elmwood 367, 16 Fostoria 405, 17. Lima Senior 438, 18. Paulding 480

Area Finishers in the top 50

1. Emma Watcke (Minster) 19:08, 2. Kaitlynn Albers (Minster) 19:43, 4. Ella Boate (Minster) 20:14, 5. Mackenzie Bohman (Minster) 20:18, 6. Gwendolyn Mering (Minster) 20:38, 8. Madeline Magoto (Minster) 20:48, 11. Mason Pohl (Minster) 21:00, 14. Morgan Henschen (St Marys) 21:03, 17 Rachel Kitzmiller (Minster) 21:17, 22. Emma Meyer (Minster) 21:42, 26. Janae Hoying (Minster) 22:11, 28. Lauren Cisco (St Marys) 22:23, 29. Emma Deters (Bath) 22:26, 31. Kayla Schwieterman (Minster) 22:31, 32. Brianna Cisco (St Marys) 22:33, 40. Rosie Saunders (St Marys) 23:12, 46. Mary Schmiesing (Minster) 23:30, 47. Ireland Lawrence (Bath) 23:31, 49. Bianca Endres (St Marys) 23:42

Small School Race

Team Scores: 1. Columbus Grove 85, 2. Woodmore 92, 3. Lincolnview 116, 4. Carey 148, 5. Hopewell-Loudon 168, 6. Botkins 178, 7. Ayersville 188, 8. Crestview 214, 9. Maplteon 217, 10. Hicksville 222, 11. Fayette 245, 12. Edgerton 249, 13. Antwerp 261, 14. Spencerville 283, 15, New Riegel 408, 16. McComb 489

Area Finishers in the top 50

1. Alyssa Ellerbrock (Columbus Grove) 18:52, 5. Erin Downing (Columbus Grove) 19:53, 9. Madison Langdon (Lincolnview) 20:32, 11. Lola Wensink (Leipsic) 21:07, 12. Leanndra Price (Columbus Grove) 21:10, 13. Lillee Stewart (Spencerville) 21:36, 14. Ragen Harting (Crestview) 21:42, 16. Torie Bockey (Spencerville) 21:53, 18. Victoria Snyder (Lincolnview) 21:56, 19. Madeline Snyder (Lincolnview) 22:00, 33. Morgan Deffenbaugh (Columbus Grove) 22:49, 34. Rylee Byrne (Lincolnview) 22:49, 37. Emily Greulach (Crestview) 22:53, 38. Lizzie Bowen (Crestview) 22;53, 39. Paige Hoersten (Ottoville) 22:56, 40. Zoe Stechschulte (Columbus Grove) 22:57, 42. Peyton Henry (Leipsic) 23:04, 44. Brayden Langdon (Lincolnview) 23:10, 47. Emily Schumacher (Columbus Grove) 23:30

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