Cross country: Columbus Grove boys strong at home invitational


Minster girls dominate

By Mark Altstaetter - sports@limanews.com



Minster’s Ella Boate competes in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational. See more invitational photos at LimaScores.com.

Minster’s Ella Boate competes in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational. See more invitational photos at LimaScores.com.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Kalida’s Ryan Lucke competes in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational.

Kalida’s Ryan Lucke competes in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Columbus Grove’s Erin Downing competes in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Lincolnview’s Daegan Hatfield competes in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Spencerville’s Lillee Stewart competes in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Ottoville’s Adam Looser competes in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Lincolnview’s Madison Langdon competes in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Spencerville’s Lanny Oakman competes in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Lima Central Catholic’s Emily Morrisey competes in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Ottoville’s Ryann Schroeder, left, and Jocelyn Geise compete in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Results

Columbus Grove Invitational

Boys

Gray Division

Team Scores: 1. Columbus Grove 60, 2. Tinora 78, 3. Anna 82, 4. Minster 100, 5. Liberty-Benton 110, 6. Mapleton 198, 7. Crestview 214, 8. Ayersville 228, 9. Fairview 248, 10. Van Buren 285, 11. Bluffton 297, 12. Carey 303, 13. Patrick Henry 323, 14. Woodmore 337, 15. LCC 460.

Area Finishers in Top 25: 1. Alex Albers (Min) 15:49.221, 5. Carson Closson (CG) 16:35.667, 6. Caleb Stechschulte (CG) 16:41.115, 11. Trent Koch (CG) 17:01.179, 17. Joseph Slonkosky (Min) 17:29.228, 18. Caleb Morman (CG) 17:35.840, 20. Roy Langhals (CG) 17:40.351, 21. Derek Birkmeier (CG) 17:40.894, 22. Josh Niekamp (Min) 17:44.186.

Red Division

Team Scores: 1. Botkins 36, 2. Lincolnview 75, 3. Kalida 79, 4. Fayette 103, 5. Hopewell-Loudon 130, 6. Edgerton 130, 7. Antwerp 147, 8. McComb 227.

Area Finishers in Top 25: 1. Alan Fullenkamp (B) 17:00.175, 3. Ryan Lucke (K) 17:25.393, 5. Daegan Hatf (L) 17:31.736, 6. Will Zeller (K) 17:31.747, 7. Donovan Brown (B) 17:35.187, 8. Keaton Schnippel (B) 17:45.170, 9. Grant Flora (B) 17:55.577, 10. Collin Heitmeyer (K) 17:57.662, 11. Collin Watterson (B) 18:02.606, 14. Parker Schnippel (B) 18:05.363, 15. Jackson Robinson (L) 18:10.235, 16. Brandon Renner (L) 18:11.065, 18. RJ Poeppelman (B) 18:33.242, 19. Conner Baldauf (L) 18:33.612, 22. Keagan Farris (L) 18:44.962, 23. Carter Pleiman (B) 18:46.558.

White Division

Team Scores: 1. Perrysburg 52, 2. St. Francis 66, 3. Wauseon 73, 4. Van Wert 98, 5. New Haven 128, 6. Ottawa-Glandorf 175, 7. Bryan 181, 8. St. Marys 189, 9. Paulding 263, 10. Bath 321, 11. Lake 325, 12. Lima Senior 335, 13. Fostoria 343.

Race Winner/Area Finishers in Top 25: 1. Mac Baroncini (P) 15:39.405, 6. Hunter Sherer (VW) 16:45.348, 8. Jacob Wasson (VW) 16:56.286, 18. Max Buddelmeyer (O-G) 17:37.266, 19. Ty Buckland (O-G) 17:41.583, 20. Gage Wannemacher (VW) 17:41.730.

Versailles Mini-MAC Meet

Team Scores: 1. Versailles 45, 2. Marion Local 58, 3. Coldwater 83, 4. New Bremen 96, 5. Minster 130, 6. Fort Recovery 135, 7. St. Henry 162.

Area Finishers in Top 10

1. Isaac Schoen (C) 17:17.15, 3. Trevor Heitkamp (FR) 18:09.46, 4. Troy Sticke (ML) 18:16.84, 5. Jace Wood (C) 18:33.32, 7. Aaron Broering (ML) 18:37.71, 8. Noah Budde (ML) 18:47.51, 9. Patrick Bernhold (NB) 18:49.84.

Girls

Gray Division

Team Scores: 1. Minster 29, 2. Woodmore 81, 3. Anna 101, 4. Liberty-Benton 113, 5. Carey 129, 6. Columbus Grove 147, 7. Fairview 208, 8. Crestview 224, 9. Tinora 245, 10. Mapleton 261, 11. Ayersville 264.

Race Winner/Area Finishers in Top 25

1. Sarah Reinhart (Carey) 18:21.189, 2. Ella Boate (Min) 18:40.579, 5. Taylor Roth (Min) 19:43.520, 6. Maggie Hemmelgarn (Min) 19:44.994, 7. Mason Pohl (Min) 19:45.400, 9. Cameo Cedarleaf (Min) 19:49.799, 11. Chaney Cedarleaf (Min) 20:02.518, 14. Erin Downing (CG) 20:24.865, 25. Emma Meyer (Min) 21:08.664.

Red Division

Team Scores: 1. Botkins 36, 2. Lincolnview 75, 3. Kalida 79, 4. Fayette 103, 5. Hopewell-Loudon 130, 6. Edgerton 130, 7. Antwerp 147, 8. McComb 227.

Area Finishers in Top 25

1. Brittany Arnold (B) 19:41.711, 2. Emma Koenig (B) 19:51.429, 3. Madison Langdon (Lin) 19:58.742, 5. Lola Wensink (Leip) 20:37.561, 6. Lillee Stewart (Spen) 20:48.822, 8. Andrea Burgei (K) 21:34.223, 10. Malanie Maurer (B) 21:58. 665, 11. Makenna Maurer (B) 22:01.399, 13. Julia Stetler (Lin) 22:21.411, 19. Paige Hoersten (O) 22:48.323, 20. Jill Greve (B) 22:52.436, 21. Maddie Waither (Leip) 22:57.186, 24. Ava Egbert (B) 23:15.728.

White Division

Team Scores: 1. Perrysburg 21, 2. Wauseon 65, 3. Van Wert 78, 4. St. Marys 134, 5. Bryan 162, 6. Lake 169, 7. New Haven 170, 8. Ottawa-Glandorf 175, 9. Elmwood 242.

Race Winner/Area Finishers in Top 25: 1. Grace Rhoades (W) 19:06.175, 6. Kyra Welch (VW) 20:43.645, 12. Ellen Schloemer (SM) 21:14.620, 16. Tyra McClain (VW) 21:32.629, 20. Rachel Spath (VW) 21:56.348, 23. Carly Smith (VW) 22:39.342.

Versailles Mini-MAC Meet

Team Scores: 1. Versailles 48, 2. St. Henry 59, 3. New Bremen 61, 4. Fort Recovery 76, 5. Coldwater 105, 6. Marion Local 157.

Area Finishers in Top 10

1. Haley Alig (C) 20:07.38, 3. Chloe Homan (NB) 20:35.34, 4. Katie Kunkler (SH) 21:05.40, 5. Leah Heitkamp (SH) 21:28.28, 6. Ally Heath (SH) 21:29.90, 8. Ellie Will (FR) 21:39.93, 10. Brynn Stammen (FR) 21:59.65.

COLUMBUS GROVE — The Columbus Grove boys cross country team was hungry.

After the COVID-19 pandemic put an abrupt halt to the spring track season, the Columbus Grove boys distance crew was anxious to get back out and compete.

At Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational, the Bulldogs’ pack of runners led the field, en route to the team title in the Gray Division. There were three divisions on Saturday.

Columbus Grove scored 60 points to win the Gray Division. Tinora was second with 78 points. Anna was close behind with 82. Minster (100) and Liberty-Benton (110) rounded out the top five squads in the 15-team field

Junior Carson Closson led Columbus Grove with a fifth-place finish in a personal-best time of 16 minutes, 35.67 seconds in a field of 121 runners on the 5,000-meter course, that wound around the Columbus Grove campus and finished on the track inside Clymer Stadium.

“I felt good. … I knew I would be around the top 10 (overall finishers),” Closson said. “I just tried to stick in that area for the whole race, and I did. I PR’d by two seconds. I was focused on my splits.”

Teammate Caleb Stechschulte was hot on Closson’s heels, finishing sixth in 16:41.12. Rounding out the rest of Columbus Grove’s scorers were Trent Koch (11th, 17:01.18), Caleb Morman (18th, 17:35.84) and Roy Langhals (20th, 17:40.35).

Closson said he and his teammates are excited about this season.

“We only lost two of our top seven (runners). So, we’re doing pretty good,” he said.

Longtime Columbus Grove boys coach Terry Schnipke is pleased at the strong start of his team, despite the challenges of working through a pandemic.

“Our theme this year is, ‘Carry the Fire’,” Schnipke said. “That can mean a lot of different things to different people. But for most of our guys — with not having their track season — they came out pretty hungry this year. They worked really hard this summer. This week, they worked really hard to get ready.

“Obviously, we wanted to defend our home course. This is a big meet for them. Usually, all their family, loved ones, cousins are all out on the course watching. It didn’t happen today, but they still made the most of it.”

Individually, in the boys Gray Division, Minster junior Alex Albers just edged out Anna’s Hayden Schmidt for the win. Albers’ official time was 15:49.22, which is a new school record. Schmidt crossed the finish line in 15:49.77.

Albers said Saturday’s conditions were ideal for a fast race.

“It was unbelievable,” Albers said. “This morning (race time) was 8 a.m. We practice in the mornings, all summer. So, you’re in that mindset anyways. There was no wind. … And if there was any wind, I didn’t have to take it. I can thank Hayden Schmidt from Anna. He paced me through that entire race. I’m not good at pacing. If I have to run a 5:05 per mile (pace), I either go way too fast or go too slow.”

In the girls Gray Division, Minster placed its top five runners in the top 10 overall spots, en route to the team title.

Minster scored 29 points. Woodmore was the nearest team with 81 points. Anna (101), Liberty-Benton (113) and Carey (129) rounded out the top five teams in the girls Gray Division. Columbus Grove placed sixth (147). There were 11 full squads.

Carey’s Sarah Reinhart (18:21.19) edged out Minster’s Ella Boate (18:40.58) for the individual title in the girls Gray Division.

In the boys Red Division, Botkins won the team title (36). Lincolnview was second (75), while Kalida was a close third (79). Fayette (103) and Hopewell-Loudon (130) closed out the top five teams. There were eight full teams.

Botkins’ Alan Fullenkamp won the boys Red Division race in 17:00.18. Kalida’s Ryan Lucke (third, 17:25.39) had the best local finish. Lincolnview’s Daegan Hatfield was close behind Lucke in fifth (17:31.74). Kalida’s Will Zeller was sixth (17:31.75).

“This is my best time, by far, this season,” Lucke said. “Last year, my best time was 16:54. So, I’m trying to work down to that time.”

In the girls Red Division, Botkins ran away with the team crown, defeating second-place Edgerton, 35-71. Hopewell-Loudon (88), Antwerp (89) and Lincolnview (115) closed out the top five teams. There were seven full teams that figured into the scoring in the Red Division.

Brittany Arnold from Botkins won the Red Division (19:41.71), while teammate Emma Koenig was close behind in second place (19:51.43).

Lincolnview’s Madison Langdon had the best area performance. The Lincolnview senior came in third (19:58.74).

In the boys White Division, Perrysburg won the team title (52). St. Francis (66) came in second. Van Wert had the best area finish, placing fourth (98).

In the girls White Division, Perrysburg won the team title (21). Van Wert had the best area performance (third, 78), while St. Marys was fourth (134).

Minster’s Ella Boate competes in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational. See more invitational photos at LimaScores.com.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/09/web1_Columbus-Grove-Invitational-RP-03-2.jpgMinster’s Ella Boate competes in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational. See more invitational photos at LimaScores.com. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Kalida’s Ryan Lucke competes in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/09/web1_Columbus-Grove-Invitational-RP-11-2.jpgKalida’s Ryan Lucke competes in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Columbus Grove’s Erin Downing competes in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/09/web1_Columbus-Grove-Invitational-RP-04-2.jpgColumbus Grove’s Erin Downing competes in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Lincolnview’s Daegan Hatfield competes in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/09/web1_Columbus-Grove-Invitational-RP-12-2.jpgLincolnview’s Daegan Hatfield competes in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Spencerville’s Lillee Stewart competes in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/09/web1_Columbus-Grove-Invitational-RP-02-2.jpgSpencerville’s Lillee Stewart competes in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Ottoville’s Adam Looser competes in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/09/web1_Columbus-Grove-Invitational-RP-15-2.jpgOttoville’s Adam Looser competes in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Lincolnview’s Madison Langdon competes in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/09/web1_Columbus-Grove-Invitational-RP-08-2.jpgLincolnview’s Madison Langdon competes in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Spencerville’s Lanny Oakman competes in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/09/web1_Columbus-Grove-Invitational-RP-13-2.jpgSpencerville’s Lanny Oakman competes in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Lima Central Catholic’s Emily Morrisey competes in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/09/web1_Columbus-Grove-Invitational-RP-06-2.jpgLima Central Catholic’s Emily Morrisey competes in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Ottoville’s Ryann Schroeder, left, and Jocelyn Geise compete in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/09/web1_Columbus-Grove-Invitational-RP-10-2.jpgOttoville’s Ryann Schroeder, left, and Jocelyn Geise compete in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Minster girls dominate

By Mark Altstaetter

sports@limanews.com

Results

Columbus Grove Invitational

Boys

Gray Division

Team Scores: 1. Columbus Grove 60, 2. Tinora 78, 3. Anna 82, 4. Minster 100, 5. Liberty-Benton 110, 6. Mapleton 198, 7. Crestview 214, 8. Ayersville 228, 9. Fairview 248, 10. Van Buren 285, 11. Bluffton 297, 12. Carey 303, 13. Patrick Henry 323, 14. Woodmore 337, 15. LCC 460.

Area Finishers in Top 25: 1. Alex Albers (Min) 15:49.221, 5. Carson Closson (CG) 16:35.667, 6. Caleb Stechschulte (CG) 16:41.115, 11. Trent Koch (CG) 17:01.179, 17. Joseph Slonkosky (Min) 17:29.228, 18. Caleb Morman (CG) 17:35.840, 20. Roy Langhals (CG) 17:40.351, 21. Derek Birkmeier (CG) 17:40.894, 22. Josh Niekamp (Min) 17:44.186.

Red Division

Team Scores: 1. Botkins 36, 2. Lincolnview 75, 3. Kalida 79, 4. Fayette 103, 5. Hopewell-Loudon 130, 6. Edgerton 130, 7. Antwerp 147, 8. McComb 227.

Area Finishers in Top 25: 1. Alan Fullenkamp (B) 17:00.175, 3. Ryan Lucke (K) 17:25.393, 5. Daegan Hatf (L) 17:31.736, 6. Will Zeller (K) 17:31.747, 7. Donovan Brown (B) 17:35.187, 8. Keaton Schnippel (B) 17:45.170, 9. Grant Flora (B) 17:55.577, 10. Collin Heitmeyer (K) 17:57.662, 11. Collin Watterson (B) 18:02.606, 14. Parker Schnippel (B) 18:05.363, 15. Jackson Robinson (L) 18:10.235, 16. Brandon Renner (L) 18:11.065, 18. RJ Poeppelman (B) 18:33.242, 19. Conner Baldauf (L) 18:33.612, 22. Keagan Farris (L) 18:44.962, 23. Carter Pleiman (B) 18:46.558.

White Division

Team Scores: 1. Perrysburg 52, 2. St. Francis 66, 3. Wauseon 73, 4. Van Wert 98, 5. New Haven 128, 6. Ottawa-Glandorf 175, 7. Bryan 181, 8. St. Marys 189, 9. Paulding 263, 10. Bath 321, 11. Lake 325, 12. Lima Senior 335, 13. Fostoria 343.

Race Winner/Area Finishers in Top 25: 1. Mac Baroncini (P) 15:39.405, 6. Hunter Sherer (VW) 16:45.348, 8. Jacob Wasson (VW) 16:56.286, 18. Max Buddelmeyer (O-G) 17:37.266, 19. Ty Buckland (O-G) 17:41.583, 20. Gage Wannemacher (VW) 17:41.730.

Versailles Mini-MAC Meet

Team Scores: 1. Versailles 45, 2. Marion Local 58, 3. Coldwater 83, 4. New Bremen 96, 5. Minster 130, 6. Fort Recovery 135, 7. St. Henry 162.

Area Finishers in Top 10

1. Isaac Schoen (C) 17:17.15, 3. Trevor Heitkamp (FR) 18:09.46, 4. Troy Sticke (ML) 18:16.84, 5. Jace Wood (C) 18:33.32, 7. Aaron Broering (ML) 18:37.71, 8. Noah Budde (ML) 18:47.51, 9. Patrick Bernhold (NB) 18:49.84.

Girls

Gray Division

Team Scores: 1. Minster 29, 2. Woodmore 81, 3. Anna 101, 4. Liberty-Benton 113, 5. Carey 129, 6. Columbus Grove 147, 7. Fairview 208, 8. Crestview 224, 9. Tinora 245, 10. Mapleton 261, 11. Ayersville 264.

Race Winner/Area Finishers in Top 25

1. Sarah Reinhart (Carey) 18:21.189, 2. Ella Boate (Min) 18:40.579, 5. Taylor Roth (Min) 19:43.520, 6. Maggie Hemmelgarn (Min) 19:44.994, 7. Mason Pohl (Min) 19:45.400, 9. Cameo Cedarleaf (Min) 19:49.799, 11. Chaney Cedarleaf (Min) 20:02.518, 14. Erin Downing (CG) 20:24.865, 25. Emma Meyer (Min) 21:08.664.

Red Division

Team Scores: 1. Botkins 36, 2. Lincolnview 75, 3. Kalida 79, 4. Fayette 103, 5. Hopewell-Loudon 130, 6. Edgerton 130, 7. Antwerp 147, 8. McComb 227.

Area Finishers in Top 25

1. Brittany Arnold (B) 19:41.711, 2. Emma Koenig (B) 19:51.429, 3. Madison Langdon (Lin) 19:58.742, 5. Lola Wensink (Leip) 20:37.561, 6. Lillee Stewart (Spen) 20:48.822, 8. Andrea Burgei (K) 21:34.223, 10. Malanie Maurer (B) 21:58. 665, 11. Makenna Maurer (B) 22:01.399, 13. Julia Stetler (Lin) 22:21.411, 19. Paige Hoersten (O) 22:48.323, 20. Jill Greve (B) 22:52.436, 21. Maddie Waither (Leip) 22:57.186, 24. Ava Egbert (B) 23:15.728.

White Division

Team Scores: 1. Perrysburg 21, 2. Wauseon 65, 3. Van Wert 78, 4. St. Marys 134, 5. Bryan 162, 6. Lake 169, 7. New Haven 170, 8. Ottawa-Glandorf 175, 9. Elmwood 242.

Race Winner/Area Finishers in Top 25: 1. Grace Rhoades (W) 19:06.175, 6. Kyra Welch (VW) 20:43.645, 12. Ellen Schloemer (SM) 21:14.620, 16. Tyra McClain (VW) 21:32.629, 20. Rachel Spath (VW) 21:56.348, 23. Carly Smith (VW) 22:39.342.

Versailles Mini-MAC Meet

Team Scores: 1. Versailles 48, 2. St. Henry 59, 3. New Bremen 61, 4. Fort Recovery 76, 5. Coldwater 105, 6. Marion Local 157.

Area Finishers in Top 10

1. Haley Alig (C) 20:07.38, 3. Chloe Homan (NB) 20:35.34, 4. Katie Kunkler (SH) 21:05.40, 5. Leah Heitkamp (SH) 21:28.28, 6. Ally Heath (SH) 21:29.90, 8. Ellie Will (FR) 21:39.93, 10. Brynn Stammen (FR) 21:59.65.

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