BATH TOWNSHIP — For Perry sophomore Braden Yingst, Tuesday’s Bath Invitational was supposed to be just a good workout.
After finishing fourth at this past Saturday’s Van Wert Health Invitational, Yingst found himself battling back from some sore ribs.
So, coming into the Bath Invitational, Yingst had already decided not to overdo it.
However, that strategy quickly went to the wayside.
Shawnee sophomore Isaiah Johns got out to a very fast start and built a substantial lead on Yingst and the rest of the field on Tuesday.
However, Yingst started to reel Johns in after the first mile of the 5,000-meter cross country course on Bath’s campus, and eventually took the race over, as he pulled away from Johns for the win, in a time of 17 minutes, 20.4 seconds. Johns finished in 17:29.6.
Lima Central Catholic’s Quentin Potempa (17:45.5) and Ottoville’s Nolan German (17:47.9) came in third and fourth, respectively. There were 98 runners in the boys race.
“I got about a mile into the race and I was feeling pretty good,” Yingst said. “I thought, ‘Why not now?’ So, I started to reel him (Johns) in. It felt really good, today.”
However, Johns wasn’t the only challenge for Yingst on Tuesday.
“I had a couple ribs out. … So, I went to the chiropractor (after the weekend),” Yingst said. “I wasn’t feeling that great a couple days before. So, today I was going to test it in the first mile. … I got into the race and ended up feeling pretty good.”
This past Saturday at the Van Wert Health Invitational, Johns placed second, while Yingst was a distant fourth.
“With three days apart, it’s hard to run,” Yingst said about the schedule. “It can cause injuries. It can cause fatigue and all of that.”
Yingst has his sights set on this coming Saturday’s Botkins – Best in the West Invitational.
“I want to really compete in that race. It’s going to be a really good one,” Yingst said.
Winning the boys team title Tuesday was Shawnee, with a score of 32 points. Ottoville finished second (93), while Waynesfield-Goshen (103) and Elida (114) rounded out the top four teams. There were nine full teams in the boys competition.
Rounding out the top five runners for Shawnee, behind Johns were Trever Miller (sixth, 18:12.6), Justin Altenbach (eighth, 18:24.2), Kaleb Egri (11th, 18:37.9) and Trevor Bowers (17th, 19:24.6).
Rounding out the top 15 runners in the boys race were Upper Scioto Valley’s Joe Parker (fifth, 17:56.9), North Baltimore’s Levi Trout (seventh, 18:14.6), USV’s Zack Britton (18:25.8), Delphos St. John’s Drew Palte (10th, 18:32.1), Ottoville’s Kyle Looser (12th, 18:38.6), Elida’s Sean Dancs (13th, 18:54.8), Bath’s Tyler Ross (14th, 18:57.3) and Waynesfield-Goshen’s Alec Spangler (15th, 19:09.3).
The Shawnee girls team made it a sweep Tuesday as it edged out Kenton, 47-51. Delphos St. John’s (66) and Bath (84) rounded out the top four squads in a field of eight full teams.
Shawnee freshman Alaina Williams pulled away from Kenton junior Kierra Krohmer for the win.
Williams’ winning time was 20:38.3, while Krohmer crossed the finish line in 20:56.7. Spencerville’s Lillee Stewart finished third (21:18.8) and St. John’s Kambrynn Rohr was fourth (21:43.1). There were 67 runners in the girls race.
“I wasn’t really hoping to PR, because I know how this course is,” Williams said, in reference to the turns. “But I was pretty happy. I wasn’t too far off (of personal best).”
Rounding out the rest of Shawnee’s scorers were Celia Spieles (eighth, 22:00.2), Emily Bryan (11th, 22:13.7), Lily Cleaves (12th, 22:13.9) and Hanna Watt (19th, 23:17.5).
Rounding out the rest of the top 15 runners in the girls race were Bath’s Kira Stall (fifth, 21:43.9), Erica Ignarski (sixth, 21:57.2), Ottoville’s Paige Hoersten (seventh, 21:58.1), Kenton’s Sammie Unger (ninth, 22:02.8), St. John’s Catherine Kopack (10th, 22:08.8), Kenton’s Callie Wright (13th, 22:25.1), St. John’s Jenia Freewalt (14th, 22:26.9) and Kenton’s Kylie Allmon (15th, 22:30.5).