Cross country: Host Columbus Grove boys shine at invitational


Minster girls run away with title

By Mark Altstaetter - sports@limanews.com



Columbus Grove’s Trent Koch competes in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational. See more invitational photos at LimaScores.com.

Columbus Grove’s Trent Koch competes in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational. See more invitational photos at LimaScores.com.


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Kalida’s Andrea Burgei heads towards the finish line during Saturday's Columbus Grove Invitational.

Kalida’s Andrea Burgei heads towards the finish line during Saturday's Columbus Grove Invitational.


Don Speck | The Lima News

Van Wert’s Hunter Sherer (181) competes with Tinora’s Paul Westrick (171) during Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational.


Don Speck | The Lima News

Spencerville’s Lillee Stewart (690) runs in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational.


Don Speck | The Lima News

Bluffton’s June Essinger runs in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational.


Don Speck | The Lima News

Results

Columbus Grove Invitational

Boys

Gray Division

Team Scores: 1. St. Francis 67, 2. Columbus Grove 75, 3. Van Wert 135, 4. Minster 161, 5. Findlay 181, 6. Wauseon 207, 7. Liberty-Benton 247, 8. Fairview 256, 9. St. Marys 269, 10. Anna 282, 11. Ottawa-Glandorf 283, 12. Bryan 296, 13. Tinora 305, 14. Napoleon 328, 15. Bath 344, 16. Lake 436, 17. Paulding 447, 18. Fostoria 450.

Race Winner/Area Finishers in Top 50

1. Joshua Taylor (Bry) 15:31.52, 7. Trent Koch (CG) 16:24.62, 9. Reid Johanns (Paul) 16:26.45, 11. Hunter Sherer (VW) 16:31.26, 14. Caleb Stechschulte (CG) 16:37.09, 14. Roy Langhals (CG) 16:40.54, 15. Gage Wannemacher (VW) 16:42.24, 16. Gage Springer (VW) 16:43.04, 19. Caleb Morman (CG) 16:48.72, 22. Luke Ellerbrock (CG) 16:54.84, 24. Carson Closson (CG) 17:03.37, 27. Jack Grieshop 17:12.03, 29. Bryce Bonifas (CG) 17:15.58, 30. Ty Rosengarten (O-G) 17:19.22, 33. Ryan Halpin (Min) 17:25.08, 39. Drew Laudick (VW) 17:37.29, 41. Tyler Birt (SM) 17:45.82, 44. Jim Trzaska (Min) 17:49.35, 45. Seth Brandt (SM) 17:52.30, 47. Ty Buckland (O-G) 17:57.51, 49. Tyler Prenger (Min) 17:59.48.

Red Division

Team Scores: 1. Botkins 48, 2. Lincolnview 69, 3. Bluffton 155, 4. Van Buren 166, 5. Carey 169, 6. Ayersville 181, 7. Fayette 192, 8. Kalida 203, 9. Hicksville 221, 10. Crestview 224, 11. Antwerp 278, 12. Ottoville 303, 13. Spencerville 307, 14. Edgerton 313.

Race Winner/Area Finishers in Top 50

1. Hudson Sendelbach (VB) 16:41.38, 3. Lanny Oakman (Spen) 16:44.21, 5. Landon Armstrong (Bluf) 17:00.67, 8. Collin Heitmeyer (Kal) 17:17.45, 9. Conner Baldauf (Lin) 17:18.09, 10. Daegan Hatfield (Lin) 17:18.87, 15. Jackson Robinson (Lin) 17:37.12, 16. Hayden Tomlinson (Crest) 17:52.13, 17. Josh Haines (Lin) 17:55.95, 18. Kreston Tow (Lin) 17:55.97, 20. Evan Johns (Lin) 18:04:55, 22. Brandon Renner (Lin) 18:26.90, 24. Heath Miller (Kal) 18:29.24, 25. Sam Derstine (Bluf) 18:29.48, 30. Trey Boblitt (Bluf) 18:42.27, 32. Garrett Decker (Kal) 18:47.38, 33. Wyatt German (Otto) 18:49.85, 36. Jayden Renner (Crest) 18:56.12, 44. Jonah Rehm (Bluf) 19:22.89, 47. Michael Steffan (Otto) 19:35.20, 48. Logan Foudy (Crest) 19:35.97.

Girls

Gray Division

Team Scores: 1. Minster 52, 2. Liberty-Benton 121, 3. Anna 141, 4. Findlay 151, 5. Ottawa-Glandorf 162, 6. Fairview 165, 7. Carey 179, 8. Tinora 198, 9. Wauseon 211, 10. Van Wert 212, 11. St. Marys 267, 12. Napoleon 281, 13. Bryan 315, 14. Lake 362.

Race Winner/Area Finishers in Top 50

1. Sarah Reinhart (Carey) 18:24.78, 2. Maggie Hemmelgarn (Min) 19:05.02, 3. Alexa Fortman (O-G) 19:19.11, 4. Taylor Roth (Min) 19:30.95, 7. Madelyn Hovest (O-G) 20:07.90, 8. Kyra Welch (VW) 20:09.45, 11. Cameo Cedarleaf (Min) 20:17.28, 16. Ava Stammen (Min) 20:29.13, 19. Morgan Ketner (Min) 20:51.17, 21. Maria Jutte (SM) 20:55.70, 26. Tyra McClain (VW) 21:06.00, 31. Rachel Niekamp (Min) 21:17.72, 35. Kyla Fallis (Bath) 21:25.69, 40. Ellen Schloemer (SM) 21:45.26, 43. Emma Meyer (Min) 21:51.68, 45. Olivia Fenbert (O-G) 22:05.11, 48. Alyssa Knittle (VW) 22:25.11.

Red Division

Team Scores: 1. Botkins 29, 2. Van Buren 59, 3. Edgerton 75, 4. Lincolnview 103, 5. Bluffton 126, 6. Columbus Grove 143, 7. Antwerp 148.

Race Winner/Area Finishers in Top 50

1. Brittany Arnold (Bot) 18:59.07, 2. Andrea Burgei (Kal) 19:23.07, 6. Lillee Stewart (Spen) 21:08.82, 8. June Essinger (Bluf) 21:13.95, 12. Julia Stetler (Lin) 21:40.14, 16. Grace Morman (CG) 22:12.77, 17. Lauren Walls (Crest) 22:19.22, 19. Sabrina Henige (CG) 22:27.03, 22. Olivia Snyder (Lin) 22:35.05, 23. Kendall Coil (Lin) 22:35.32, 27. Lindsey Hatcher (Lin) 22:56.43, 29. Erica Kahle (Kal) 23:08.59, 31. Makay Tuttle (Bluf) 23:24.75, 32. Amairi Painter (Bluf) 23:43.04, 36. Hannah Wenzlick (Otto) 23:58.14, 39. Rylie Edgington (Spen) 24:09.79, 42. Taelor Miller (P-G) 24:13.91, 44. Jade Siefker (CG) 24:18.10, 47. Faith Combs (Bluf) 24:35.38, 48. Kaelin Weissling (Bluf) 24:35.63.

COLUMBUS GROVE — There’s no better way for a cross country team to build confidence than to perform at a high level on its home course.

The Columbus Grove boys cross country team did just that at Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational.

Columbus Grove moved up to the larger school division (Gray Division) on Saturday and just missed notching the team title. Toledo St. Francis nipped Columbus Grove 67-75 for the team crown.

Van Wert finished a distant third (135), while Minster (161) and Findlay (181) rounded out the top five squads in the 18-team field.

Leading the pack of runners for Columbus Grove on the 5,000-meter course Saturday was junior Trent Koch, who finished seventh overall with a time of 16 minutes, 24.62 seconds. The rest of Columbus Grove’s pack included Caleb Stechschulte (16:37.09), Roy Langhals (16:40.54), Caleb Morman (16:48.72), Luke Ellerbrock (16:54.84), Carson Closson (17:03.37) and Bryce Bonifas (17:15.58).

“It feels pretty good,” Koch said about his performance Saturday. “I knew I was going to be up in the top two or three spots. I PR’d by about 20 seconds.”

Carson Closson, who finished sixth on Columbus Grove’s team Saturday, is normally in the top two or three spots on the team. However, Closson has been hampered by blisters.

Stechschulte, one of four seniors for Columbus Grove in the top seven spots, said the goal was to come out Saturday and see how they could compete with the larger schools.

“It’s different competition,” Stechschulte said. “(We wanted) to see what we could do against it. That’s what (Columbus Grove) Coach (Terry Schnipke) wanted.

“I’m really happy with my time. That’s my PR (personal record) for the year. As a team, most of them PR’d too. It was a good day.”

This year, Columbus Grove returns all but one from last year’s top seven runners. With the depth and experience, the Bulldogs have high expectations this season.

Last year, Columbus Grove finished sixth at the state meet in Division III. Stechschulte was Columbus Grove’s top finisher at the state meet, placing 37th overall in a time of 16:41.3. Koch was not far behind Stechschulte at last year’s state meet, finishing four spots behind him (16:44.6).

With the depth of this year’s team, Koch said the order of the top seven runners for the Bulldogs might look a little different from week to week.

“It’s going to change a lot this year – with our fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh guys,” Koch said.

Stechschulte said the Columbus Grove Invitational always brings out the best in the team.

“That helps a lot, because we want to defend our home course. We’ve all been running on it for a long time. It’s my fourth year now. It helps to be familiar with it – knowing where the turns are and when to go.”

Bryan’s Joshua Taylor won the Gray Division boys race in a time of 15:31.52.

Van Wert’s top runner Saturday was Hunter Sherer (11th, 16:31.84).

In the girls Gray Division, Minster ran away with the team crown. The Wildcats scored 52 points, compared to Liberty-Benton’s 121 points. Anna (141), Findlay (151) and Ottawa-Glandorf (162) rounded out the top five squads. There were 14 full teams in the Gray Division.

Maggie Hemmelgarn led Minster with a second-place finish (19:05). Ottawa-Glandorf’s Alexa Fortman finished third (19:11.1).

In the boys Red Division, Botkins notched the team title, as it outscored Lincolnview 48-69. Bluffton finished third (155), while Van Buren (166) and Carey (169) rounded out the top five teams. There were 14 teams in the boys Red Division.

In the girls Red Division, Botkins scored just 29 points, en route to the team crown. Van Buren was second (59), Edgerton third (75). Lincolnview fourth (103) and Bluffton was fifth (126).

Botkins sophomore Brittany Arnold won the race in 18:59.07.

The Columbus Grove girls team placed sixth in the Red Division.

Columbus Grove’s Trent Koch competes in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational. See more invitational photos at LimaScores.com.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/09/web1_Columbus-Grove-Invite-CC-DS2.jpgColumbus Grove’s Trent Koch competes in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational. See more invitational photos at LimaScores.com. Don Speck | The Lima News
Kalida’s Andrea Burgei heads towards the finish line during Saturday's Columbus Grove Invitational.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/09/web1_Columbus-Grove-Invite-CC-DS5.jpgKalida’s Andrea Burgei heads towards the finish line during Saturday's Columbus Grove Invitational.Don Speck | The Lima News
Van Wert’s Hunter Sherer (181) competes with Tinora’s Paul Westrick (171) during Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/09/web1_Columbus-Grove-Invite-CC-DS3.jpgVan Wert’s Hunter Sherer (181) competes with Tinora’s Paul Westrick (171) during Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational. Don Speck | The Lima News
Spencerville’s Lillee Stewart (690) runs in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/09/web1_Columbus-Grove-Invite-CC-DS4.jpgSpencerville’s Lillee Stewart (690) runs in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational. Don Speck | The Lima News
Bluffton’s June Essinger runs in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/09/web1_Columbus-Grove-Invite-CC-DS6.jpgBluffton’s June Essinger runs in Saturday’s Columbus Grove Invitational. Don Speck | The Lima News
Minster girls run away with title

By Mark Altstaetter

sports@limanews.com

Results

Columbus Grove Invitational

Boys

Gray Division

Team Scores: 1. St. Francis 67, 2. Columbus Grove 75, 3. Van Wert 135, 4. Minster 161, 5. Findlay 181, 6. Wauseon 207, 7. Liberty-Benton 247, 8. Fairview 256, 9. St. Marys 269, 10. Anna 282, 11. Ottawa-Glandorf 283, 12. Bryan 296, 13. Tinora 305, 14. Napoleon 328, 15. Bath 344, 16. Lake 436, 17. Paulding 447, 18. Fostoria 450.

Race Winner/Area Finishers in Top 50

1. Joshua Taylor (Bry) 15:31.52, 7. Trent Koch (CG) 16:24.62, 9. Reid Johanns (Paul) 16:26.45, 11. Hunter Sherer (VW) 16:31.26, 14. Caleb Stechschulte (CG) 16:37.09, 14. Roy Langhals (CG) 16:40.54, 15. Gage Wannemacher (VW) 16:42.24, 16. Gage Springer (VW) 16:43.04, 19. Caleb Morman (CG) 16:48.72, 22. Luke Ellerbrock (CG) 16:54.84, 24. Carson Closson (CG) 17:03.37, 27. Jack Grieshop 17:12.03, 29. Bryce Bonifas (CG) 17:15.58, 30. Ty Rosengarten (O-G) 17:19.22, 33. Ryan Halpin (Min) 17:25.08, 39. Drew Laudick (VW) 17:37.29, 41. Tyler Birt (SM) 17:45.82, 44. Jim Trzaska (Min) 17:49.35, 45. Seth Brandt (SM) 17:52.30, 47. Ty Buckland (O-G) 17:57.51, 49. Tyler Prenger (Min) 17:59.48.

Red Division

Team Scores: 1. Botkins 48, 2. Lincolnview 69, 3. Bluffton 155, 4. Van Buren 166, 5. Carey 169, 6. Ayersville 181, 7. Fayette 192, 8. Kalida 203, 9. Hicksville 221, 10. Crestview 224, 11. Antwerp 278, 12. Ottoville 303, 13. Spencerville 307, 14. Edgerton 313.

Race Winner/Area Finishers in Top 50

1. Hudson Sendelbach (VB) 16:41.38, 3. Lanny Oakman (Spen) 16:44.21, 5. Landon Armstrong (Bluf) 17:00.67, 8. Collin Heitmeyer (Kal) 17:17.45, 9. Conner Baldauf (Lin) 17:18.09, 10. Daegan Hatfield (Lin) 17:18.87, 15. Jackson Robinson (Lin) 17:37.12, 16. Hayden Tomlinson (Crest) 17:52.13, 17. Josh Haines (Lin) 17:55.95, 18. Kreston Tow (Lin) 17:55.97, 20. Evan Johns (Lin) 18:04:55, 22. Brandon Renner (Lin) 18:26.90, 24. Heath Miller (Kal) 18:29.24, 25. Sam Derstine (Bluf) 18:29.48, 30. Trey Boblitt (Bluf) 18:42.27, 32. Garrett Decker (Kal) 18:47.38, 33. Wyatt German (Otto) 18:49.85, 36. Jayden Renner (Crest) 18:56.12, 44. Jonah Rehm (Bluf) 19:22.89, 47. Michael Steffan (Otto) 19:35.20, 48. Logan Foudy (Crest) 19:35.97.

Girls

Gray Division

Team Scores: 1. Minster 52, 2. Liberty-Benton 121, 3. Anna 141, 4. Findlay 151, 5. Ottawa-Glandorf 162, 6. Fairview 165, 7. Carey 179, 8. Tinora 198, 9. Wauseon 211, 10. Van Wert 212, 11. St. Marys 267, 12. Napoleon 281, 13. Bryan 315, 14. Lake 362.

Race Winner/Area Finishers in Top 50

1. Sarah Reinhart (Carey) 18:24.78, 2. Maggie Hemmelgarn (Min) 19:05.02, 3. Alexa Fortman (O-G) 19:19.11, 4. Taylor Roth (Min) 19:30.95, 7. Madelyn Hovest (O-G) 20:07.90, 8. Kyra Welch (VW) 20:09.45, 11. Cameo Cedarleaf (Min) 20:17.28, 16. Ava Stammen (Min) 20:29.13, 19. Morgan Ketner (Min) 20:51.17, 21. Maria Jutte (SM) 20:55.70, 26. Tyra McClain (VW) 21:06.00, 31. Rachel Niekamp (Min) 21:17.72, 35. Kyla Fallis (Bath) 21:25.69, 40. Ellen Schloemer (SM) 21:45.26, 43. Emma Meyer (Min) 21:51.68, 45. Olivia Fenbert (O-G) 22:05.11, 48. Alyssa Knittle (VW) 22:25.11.

Red Division

Team Scores: 1. Botkins 29, 2. Van Buren 59, 3. Edgerton 75, 4. Lincolnview 103, 5. Bluffton 126, 6. Columbus Grove 143, 7. Antwerp 148.

Race Winner/Area Finishers in Top 50

1. Brittany Arnold (Bot) 18:59.07, 2. Andrea Burgei (Kal) 19:23.07, 6. Lillee Stewart (Spen) 21:08.82, 8. June Essinger (Bluf) 21:13.95, 12. Julia Stetler (Lin) 21:40.14, 16. Grace Morman (CG) 22:12.77, 17. Lauren Walls (Crest) 22:19.22, 19. Sabrina Henige (CG) 22:27.03, 22. Olivia Snyder (Lin) 22:35.05, 23. Kendall Coil (Lin) 22:35.32, 27. Lindsey Hatcher (Lin) 22:56.43, 29. Erica Kahle (Kal) 23:08.59, 31. Makay Tuttle (Bluf) 23:24.75, 32. Amairi Painter (Bluf) 23:43.04, 36. Hannah Wenzlick (Otto) 23:58.14, 39. Rylie Edgington (Spen) 24:09.79, 42. Taelor Miller (P-G) 24:13.91, 44. Jade Siefker (CG) 24:18.10, 47. Faith Combs (Bluf) 24:35.38, 48. Kaelin Weissling (Bluf) 24:35.63.

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