Cross country: Minster girls finish second in D-III at state

Sherer leads Van Wert boys to ninth-place finish in D-II

By Mark Altstaetter -

OBETZ — Last Saturday’s Division III girls race at the Tiffin regional for Minster was a battle.

Saturday’s Division III girls race at the OHSAA State Cross Country Championships wasn’t much different.

Minster finished a close second at last Saturday’s Tiffin regional to Liberty Center, 54-46.

At Saturday’s state meet, it was West Liberty-Salem that edged out Minster for the team title, 55-83. Liberty Center finished third (115).

Fort Recovery (13th, 323) and St. Henry (16th, 392) were two other area teams that competed in the girls D-III race Saturday.

Leading the way for Minster on Saturday was senior Ella Boate, with a sixth-place finish in 18 minutes, 47.5 seconds on the 5,000-meter course at Fotress Obetz and Memorial Park in Obetz.

“It was one of my better races, timewise,” Boate said. “And it was the best I’ve ever finished at state. So, I was really excited. I went out there and did my best. I was happy on how I raced, and equally happy on how my teammates raced.”

Rounding out Minster’s squad were Maggie Hemmelgarn (11th, 18:56.4), Taylor Roth (23rd, 19:26.8), Chaney Cedarleaf (30th, 19:37), Mason Pohl (47th, 20:06.8), Cameo Cedarleaf (104th, 21:17.3) and Emma Meyer (107th, 21:19.3).

At last year’s state meet, Minster won the D-III team title, while West Liberty-Salem finished a close second.

“They’re so talented,” Boate said about West Liberty-Salem. “They work so hard. I’m so excited for them. We just swapped spots on the podium this year (from last year at the state meet). But I’m happy at how we ran.”

Ellie Will led Fort Recovery with a 40th-place finish (19:53.8). Leah Heitkamp led St. Henry with a 77th-place finish (20:29.9).

Van Wert boys

finish ninth in D-II

Hunter Sherer led the way for Van Wert with a 17th- place finish (16:14.5) as the Cougars finished ninth in Division II Saturday. With his top-30 finish, Sherer earns all-Ohio honors.

“I’m pretty happy,” Sherer said. “Honestly, this season, I’ve been focusing on feel; and based on feel, that (Saturday’s race) was the best ever. Coach had me hold back a couple seconds on the first mile. … Second mile, I picked it up a little bit. Third mile, I was picking people off.”

The rest of the Van Wert pack included Asanke Steyer (48th, 16:54.7), Gage Wanemacher (53rd, 16:57), Jacob Wasson (99th, 17:31.1), Gage Springer (117th, 17:49.1), Jayden Welker (129th, 18:05.1) and John Kramer (135th, 18:09.8).

Shawnee’s Johns

finishes 41st in D-II

Shawnee’s Isaiah Johns placed 41st Saturday in 16:47.9.

Johns was coming off an impressive fourth-place finish at last weekend’s Tiffin regional.

Shawnee girls finish 18th in D-II

Shawnee’s girls placed 18th in D-II on Saturday. Lily Cleaves led Shawnee with a 70th- place finish (20:18.8).


duo compete in D-II

Ottawa-Glandorf’s Alexa Fortman finished 44th (19:49.7), while teammate Madelyn Hovest was 105th (20:53.9) Saturday.

Celina sisters

compete in D-II

Celina’s Kaylie Dameron earned all-Ohio honors Saturday with her 23rd-place finish (19:20.9). Her sister, Joscelyn Dameron, finished 31st (19:33.2), just missing all-Ohio honors.

Other area D-III girls

Lincolnview’s Madison Langdon finished 42nd (19:57.4). Waynesfield-Goshen’s Taylor Spencer finished 55th (20:14.3). Spencerville’s Lillee Stewart came in 62nd (20:20.8).
Sherer leads Van Wert boys to ninth-place finish in D-II

By Mark Altstaetter

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