BATH TOWNSHIP – With the upcoming county and league meets right around the corner, this is the time of the season cross country teams are starting to figure out where they stand.
After sweeping both the girls’ and boys’ team titles at Wednesday’s Bath Invitational on the Bath campus, all indications point to a strong finish by Shawnee.
The Shawnee boys’ squad ran away with the team title Wednesday, out-distancing second-place Elida 33-106. Kenton (133) finished third, while Hardin Northern (142) and Bath (158) rounded out the top five teams in a field of 12.
However, it was a great deal closer on the girls’ side, as Shawnee slipped past both Delphos St. John’s and Kenton for the team title, 49-61. St. John’s notched second place, due to the sixth-runner tiebreaker. North Baltimore (109) and Bath (114) made up the rest of the top five teams. There were eight full squads in the girls’ race.
“They ran real solid,” longtime Shawnee coach Russ Holly said about his boys’ team. “It comes down to where your top five (runners) are, and it also comes down to six and seven (runners); because if your six and seven aren’t in the right place, then you’ll come up short.”
The Shawnee boys placed its five scorers in the top 15 overall spots.
Leading Shawnee was Gabe Williams (fourth, 18:07.30). Rounding out the rest of Shawnee’s scorers were Josh Kuhlman (sixth, 18:20.11), Isaiah Johns (ninth, 18:26.17), Caleb Egri (14th, 18:57.02) and Levi Stump (15th, 18:59.45).
Sean Dancs led second-place Elida with a time of 18:48.05 (11th place).
Holly was pleased with his girls’ effort, but did note the need to shore up the pack a little bit.
“Probably my fourth and fifth (runners) were at about where they belong. My second and third runners weren’t quite where they needed to be. But overall, they ran pretty well,” said Holly.
It was a two-man battle in the boys’ race.
Perry freshman Braden Yingst and Lima Central Catholic’s Quentin Potempa ran together for most of the race.
Then, with about 400 meters to go in the 5,000-meter race, Yingst started to gap Potempa. Yingst went on to win in 17 minutes, 43.14 seconds. Potempa was close behind in 17:46.14.
“We were just kind of hanging out together the whole race,” Yingst said. “Then, at the third to the last corner (about 400 meters to go in the race), I just kind of went out ahead of him.
“I didn’t want to go out and push it too hard today, because we got a big meet on Saturday. I just wanted to come in and win the race.”
Yingst is a little surprised at the early success he’s enjoyed during his freshman season.
“I thought I would drop in about mid-pack,” Yingst said in reference to his preseason goals. “I didn’t expect to be able to go out and run with the big guys, right off the bat. But I came into the season and found my place, and it feels great.”
In the girls’ race, Kenton’s Kierra Krohmer pulled away from Shawnee’s Lily Cleaves for the victory.
Krohmer finished in 21:26.58, while Cleaves crossed the finish line in 21:33.27.
“I started off in first. Then probably after the first 100 meters the girl (Cleaves) passed me,” Krohmer said. “Then I went back in front of her by about the 800, and I stayed there.
“I knew she was close (toward the end of the race). I knew I had to keep my pace, because I didn’t know how fast she was running there at the end. So, I was just trying to stay up there.”
Leipsic 3, North Baltimore
NORTH BALTIMORE — Leipsic won in straight sets. 25-6, 25-8 and 25-4 to improve to 13-1 overall and 7-1 in the Blanchard Valley Conference. Leipsic’s Hayley Heitmeyerhad 13 kills four aces and six blocks and Liz Scheckelhoff hadsix kills and three blocks. Carlee Siefker added six kills and Selena Loredoprovided 14 assists. Lyndie Hazelton recorded 13 assists, Aubree Schroeder had five, Kacey Dulle had 6 digs and Brooke Brown had six digs, two aces and three kills.
Lima Central Catholic 162, Shawnee 208
LIMA — Lima Central Catholic’s Mary Kelly Mulcahy 35 to capture medalist honors. Other Thunderbird scores were Erin Mucahy 37, Meghan Mulcahy 40, Hannah Garver 50, Lauren Stull 53 and Emma Mayers 54. For Shawnee Morgan Attenbach had the low score for her team of 47. Other Shawnee scores were Jeanna Fullom 51, Taylor Burgess 53, Maggie Gray 58, Addie Hilden 62 and Grace Rhodes 70.
Elida 5, Lima Senior 0
LIMA — Elida got singles wins from Annie Sayoto, Madalyn Schomber and Kianna McGee and doubles wins from the team of Piper Long and Lexi Hartzler and theteam of Aaria Rojos and MaKenna Isenberger.
Lima Central Catholic 3, Kenton 2
KENTON — Lima Central Catholic got singles win from Morgan Chaney and doubles wins from the duo of Anna Janowski and Madie Brinkman and the team of Cameron Guagenti and Nicole Patricia-Agosto.
Wooster 4, Bluffton 1
WOOSTER - The Bluffton University men’s soccer team dropped a 4-1 decision at Wooster on Wednesday. The Fighting Scots improved to 4-3-2, while Bluffton fell to 1-8 on the season.
Freshman Dalton Taynor (Troy, Ohio/Miami East) hit the equalizer in minute 52, but the home team broke the tie four minutes later and tacked on two more tallies in the final 12 minutes for a 4-1 victory over the Beavers.
Wooster piled up a 28-1 advantage in shots, but Taynor’s attempt found the back of the net for the visitors. Wooster fired all six corner kicks in the match as Bluffton was whistled for one more foul (9-8). Freshman keeper Hunter Fleck (North Baltimore, Ohio/Van Buren) picked up five saves for the Beavers.