Cross country: Van Wert sweeps WBL team titles


Shawnee’s Johns, Celina’s Dameron notch race wins

By Mark Altstaetter - sports@limanews.com



Celina’s Kaylie Dameron won the girls race at Saturday’s Western Buckeye League Championship at Elida.

Celina’s Kaylie Dameron won the girls race at Saturday’s Western Buckeye League Championship at Elida.


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Shawnee’s Isaiah Johns (235) and Van Wert’s Hunter Sherer finished first and second respectively at Saturday’s Western Buckeye League Championship at Elida.

Shawnee’s Isaiah Johns (235) and Van Wert’s Hunter Sherer finished first and second respectively at Saturday’s Western Buckeye League Championship at Elida.


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Shawnee’s Molly Stump was fourth and Defiance’s Layla Briseno was fifth in the girls race at Saturday’s Western Buckeye League Championship at Elida.


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Shawnee’s Isaiah Johns (235) and Justin Altenbach (224) lead teammates at the start of the boys race Saturday during the Western Buckeye League Championship at Elida High School.


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Elida’s Ninzi Sackinger (150) leads Van Wert’s Tayler Carter (273) and a pack of runners during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League Championship at Elida.


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WBL Championships

Boys

Team Scores: 1. Van Wert 48, 2. Defiance 50, 3. Shawnee 68, 4. Ottawa-Glandorf 78, 5. St. Marys 164, 6. Celina 174, 7. Wapakoneta 175, 8. Kenton 228, 9. Elida 245, 10. Bath 292.

Top 25 finishers: 1. Isaiah Johns (S) 16:20.78, 2. Hunter Sherer (VW) 16:28.75, 3. Noah Williams (S) 16:30.58, 4. Asanke Steyer (VW) 16:36.20, 5. Max Buddelmeyer (OG) 162.19, 6. Ty Buckland (OG) 16:51.09, 7. Eli Fortman (D) 16:54.76, 8. Josh Horvath (D) 16:58.77, 9. Brennen Roehrig (D) 17:01.94, 10. Gage Wannemacher (VW) 17:02.19, 11. Jacob Wasson (VW) 17:07.19, 12. Nolan Morgan (D) 17:09.37, 13. Carson Trombley (OG) 17:11.61, 14. Eli Valle (D) 17:15.08, 15. Nathan Morgan (D) 17:19.17, 16. Caleb Brashear (D) 17:20.19, 17. Nate Metzger (W) 17:20.19, 18. Tyler Birt (SM) 17:21.14, 19. Camden Roth (D) 17:23.41, 20. Justin Altenbach (S) 17:27.57, 21. Hunte Stechschulte (OG) 17:31.33, 22. Gage Springer (VW) 17:32.02, 23. Trevor Bowers (S) 17:32.19, 24. Carter Cleaves (S) 17:42.38, 25. Isaac Schlatter (D) 17:43.64.

Girls

Team Scores: 1. Van Wert 71, 2. Celina 71, 3. Shawnee 73, 4. Defiance 101, 5. Ottawa-Glandorf 121, 6. Kenton 121, 7. St. Marys 151, 8. Wapakoneta 186. Van Wert and Ottawa-Glandorf won sixth runner tiebreaker.

Top 25 finishers: 1. Kaylie Dameron (C) 18:31.05, 2. Joscelyn Dameron (C) 19:14.04, 3. Alexa Fortman (O-G) 4. Molly Stump (S) 20:11.83, 5. Layla Briseno (D) 20:14.00, 6. Alaina Williams (S) 20:16.15, 7. Madelyn Hovest (OG) 20:24.64, 8. Kyra Welch (VW) 20:35.45, 9. Sammie Unger (K) 20:48.66, 10. Mira Horvath (D) 21:01.17, 11. Maria Jutte (SM) 21:06.78, 12. Hanna Watt (S) 21:10.97, 13. Rachel Spath (VW) 21:12.78, 14. Tyra McClain (VW) 21:19.87, 15. Taylor Carter (VW) 21:22.40, 16. Ninzi Sackinger (E)21:24.40, 17. Mariel Augsburger (W) 21:24.40, 18. Rose Kraner (C) 21:28.89, 19. Ellen Schloemer (SM) 21:31.93, 20. Cassie Shroyer (W) 21:32.03, 21. Kylie Allmon (K) 21:33.41, 22. Carly Smith (VW) 21:37.11, 23. Callie Wright (K) 21:42.98, 24. Katie Curl (S) 21:48.52, 25. Kyleah Giesige (C) 21:54.25.

ELIDA — On paper, this year’s Western Buckeye League Cross Country Championships looked to be a tight race.

On the course Saturday, the WBL races played out exactly that way.

On the boys side, Van Wert slipped past Defiance for the team title, 48-50. Shawnee finished third (68), while Ottawa-Glandorf (78) and St. Marys (164) rounded out the top five squads in the 10-team field.

In the girls race, both Van Wert and Celina scored 71 points. However, with the sixth-runner tiebreaker, Van Wert came away with the team title. Shawnee (73), Defiance (101) and Ottawa-Glandorf (121) rounded out the five teams. Both Kenton and Ottawa-Glandorf scored 121 points, but once again, the tiebreaker came into play.

“I’ve never seen races so tight, on the way the scores played out,” Van Wert head coach Ryan Holliday said. “It was great competition. We knew on both sides, that it was going to be a dogfight.”

Hunter Sherer led Van Wert with a second-place finish on the 5,000-meter course that traversed around the Elida High School campus, in a time of 16 minutes, 28.75 seconds.

The rest of Van Wert’s scorers were Asanke Steyer (fourth, 16:36.20), Gage Wannemacher (10th, 17:02.29), Jacob Wasson (11th, 17:07.19) and Gage Springer (22nd, 17:32.02).

Shawnee’s Isaiah Johns pulled away from Sherer to win the boys race in 16:20.78.

Johns and Sherer got out to a fast start, as Johns went through the first mile in five minutes flat. Sherer was still on Johns’ heels at that point of the race.

However, as the race progressed, Johns began to gap Sherer. In the final stretch, the Shawnee junior shifted into high gear and pulled away for his first WBL title.

“That first mile, I came out and felt really good,” Johns said. “I was in front of the Van Wert kid. I just took off and felt really good.

“Around mile two, I thought I had him. Coming around the last 800 meters, I kicked it in. I thought, ‘I’m not getting beat today.’”

Johns’ teammate, freshman Noah Williams, finished third (16:30.48).

Defiance was led by Eli Fortman’s seventh-place finish (16:54.76).

Defiance’s pack was tight. Behind Fortman were Josh Horvath (eighth, 16:58.77), Brennen Roehrig (ninth, 17:01.94), Nolan Morgan (12th, 17:09.37) and Eli Valle (14th, 17:15.08).

For the Van Wert girls, Kyra Welch led the way with an eighth-place finish (20:35.45).

Rounding out Van Wert’s scorers were Rachel Spath (13th, 21:12.78), Tyra McClain (14th, 21:19.87), Tayler Carter (15th, 21:22.40) and Carly Smith (22nd, 21:37.11).

“On the girls side, we felt like there were five teams that could walk away (with the WBL title),” Holliday said. “We thought we could get first or we could get fifth. It all depended on who showed up and how the other teams did. We were fortunate to come out on top.

“On the boys side, it was the same thing. For one thing, Shawnee beat us last week at Coldwater (Lions Invitational). … We were missing one in our top five (last week), but hey, they (Shawnee) are a force to be reckoned with. With Defiance, we knew they were going to come in, ready to win it,” Holliday said.

Van Wert actually swept all four races Saturday (two high school, two middle school).

“To come in with the competition that we have in our league, and be able to walk away with four team titles – two high school and two middle school – I don’t have words for how special that is. … It’s a special thing,” Holliday said.

Celina’s sister duo of Kaylie Dameron and Joscelyn Dameron, finished one-two, respectively Saturday. Kaylie Dameron pulled away from her sister to record a winning time of 18:31.05, while her sister crossed the finish line in 19:14.04.

“I try to go out fast the first mile, and then just keep picking up my speed on the second and third miles. … That’s basically my strategy,” Kaylie Dameron said.

Behind the Dameron sisters, Rose Kraner (18th, 21:28.89), Kyleah Giesige (25th, 21:54.25) and Tatum Andrew (28th, 22:08.72) rounded out Celina’s top five runners.

Celina’s Kaylie Dameron won the girls race at Saturday’s Western Buckeye League Championship at Elida.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/10/web1_wblg002-1.jpgCelina’s Kaylie Dameron won the girls race at Saturday’s Western Buckeye League Championship at Elida. Dean Brown | The Lima News
Shawnee’s Isaiah Johns (235) and Van Wert’s Hunter Sherer finished first and second respectively at Saturday’s Western Buckeye League Championship at Elida.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/10/web1_wblb005-1.jpgShawnee’s Isaiah Johns (235) and Van Wert’s Hunter Sherer finished first and second respectively at Saturday’s Western Buckeye League Championship at Elida. Dean Brown | The Lima News
Shawnee’s Molly Stump was fourth and Defiance’s Layla Briseno was fifth in the girls race at Saturday’s Western Buckeye League Championship at Elida.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/10/web1_wblg004-1.jpgShawnee’s Molly Stump was fourth and Defiance’s Layla Briseno was fifth in the girls race at Saturday’s Western Buckeye League Championship at Elida. Dean Brown | The Lima News
Shawnee’s Isaiah Johns (235) and Justin Altenbach (224) lead teammates at the start of the boys race Saturday during the Western Buckeye League Championship at Elida High School.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/10/web1_wblb002-1.jpgShawnee’s Isaiah Johns (235) and Justin Altenbach (224) lead teammates at the start of the boys race Saturday during the Western Buckeye League Championship at Elida High School. Dean Brown | The Lima News
Elida’s Ninzi Sackinger (150) leads Van Wert’s Tayler Carter (273) and a pack of runners during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League Championship at Elida.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/10/web1_wblg003-1.jpgElida’s Ninzi Sackinger (150) leads Van Wert’s Tayler Carter (273) and a pack of runners during Saturday’s Western Buckeye League Championship at Elida. Dean Brown | The Lima News
Shawnee’s Johns, Celina’s Dameron notch race wins

By Mark Altstaetter

sports@limanews.com

WBL Championships

Boys

Team Scores: 1. Van Wert 48, 2. Defiance 50, 3. Shawnee 68, 4. Ottawa-Glandorf 78, 5. St. Marys 164, 6. Celina 174, 7. Wapakoneta 175, 8. Kenton 228, 9. Elida 245, 10. Bath 292.

Top 25 finishers: 1. Isaiah Johns (S) 16:20.78, 2. Hunter Sherer (VW) 16:28.75, 3. Noah Williams (S) 16:30.58, 4. Asanke Steyer (VW) 16:36.20, 5. Max Buddelmeyer (OG) 162.19, 6. Ty Buckland (OG) 16:51.09, 7. Eli Fortman (D) 16:54.76, 8. Josh Horvath (D) 16:58.77, 9. Brennen Roehrig (D) 17:01.94, 10. Gage Wannemacher (VW) 17:02.19, 11. Jacob Wasson (VW) 17:07.19, 12. Nolan Morgan (D) 17:09.37, 13. Carson Trombley (OG) 17:11.61, 14. Eli Valle (D) 17:15.08, 15. Nathan Morgan (D) 17:19.17, 16. Caleb Brashear (D) 17:20.19, 17. Nate Metzger (W) 17:20.19, 18. Tyler Birt (SM) 17:21.14, 19. Camden Roth (D) 17:23.41, 20. Justin Altenbach (S) 17:27.57, 21. Hunte Stechschulte (OG) 17:31.33, 22. Gage Springer (VW) 17:32.02, 23. Trevor Bowers (S) 17:32.19, 24. Carter Cleaves (S) 17:42.38, 25. Isaac Schlatter (D) 17:43.64.

Girls

Team Scores: 1. Van Wert 71, 2. Celina 71, 3. Shawnee 73, 4. Defiance 101, 5. Ottawa-Glandorf 121, 6. Kenton 121, 7. St. Marys 151, 8. Wapakoneta 186. Van Wert and Ottawa-Glandorf won sixth runner tiebreaker.

Top 25 finishers: 1. Kaylie Dameron (C) 18:31.05, 2. Joscelyn Dameron (C) 19:14.04, 3. Alexa Fortman (O-G) 4. Molly Stump (S) 20:11.83, 5. Layla Briseno (D) 20:14.00, 6. Alaina Williams (S) 20:16.15, 7. Madelyn Hovest (OG) 20:24.64, 8. Kyra Welch (VW) 20:35.45, 9. Sammie Unger (K) 20:48.66, 10. Mira Horvath (D) 21:01.17, 11. Maria Jutte (SM) 21:06.78, 12. Hanna Watt (S) 21:10.97, 13. Rachel Spath (VW) 21:12.78, 14. Tyra McClain (VW) 21:19.87, 15. Taylor Carter (VW) 21:22.40, 16. Ninzi Sackinger (E)21:24.40, 17. Mariel Augsburger (W) 21:24.40, 18. Rose Kraner (C) 21:28.89, 19. Ellen Schloemer (SM) 21:31.93, 20. Cassie Shroyer (W) 21:32.03, 21. Kylie Allmon (K) 21:33.41, 22. Carly Smith (VW) 21:37.11, 23. Callie Wright (K) 21:42.98, 24. Katie Curl (S) 21:48.52, 25. Kyleah Giesige (C) 21:54.25.

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