Cross country: Perry’s Yingst triumphs again


By Mark Altstaetter - sports@limanews.com



Perry’s Braden Yingst was a race winner during Saturday’s Spencerville Bearcat Invitational. See more cross country photos at LimaScores.com.

Perry’s Braden Yingst was a race winner during Saturday’s Spencerville Bearcat Invitational. See more cross country photos at LimaScores.com.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Waynesfield-Goshen’s Taylor Spencer won her race during Saturday’s Spencerville Bearcat Invitational.

Waynesfield-Goshen’s Taylor Spencer won her race during Saturday’s Spencerville Bearcat Invitational.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Isaiah Johns finished first for team champ Shawnee at Saturday’s Spencerville Bearcat Invitational.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Shawnee’s Alaina Williams competes in Saturday’s Spencerville Bearcat Invitational.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Results

Spencerville Bearcat Invitational

Boys

Black Division

Team Scores: 1. Shawnee 24, 2. Parkway 86, 3. Bluffton 128, 4. Bath 133, 5. Van Buren 139, 6. Wapakoneta 145, 7. Hicksville 146, 8. Elida 211, 9. Benjamin Logan 220, 10. South Adams 221, 11. Riverdale 275, 12. Paulding 332.

Area Finishers in Top 50

1. Isaiah Johns (S) 16:57.6, 2. Noah Williams (S) 17:14.2, 3. Erik Nygaard (Bl) 17:21.6, 5. Blake Strickler (P) 17:27.9, 6. Carter Cleaves (S) 17:55.8, 7. Trevor Bowers (S) 18:03.2, 8. Justin Altenbach (S) 18:12.4, 9. Colby Bentz (P) 18:27.9, 12. Crew Allen (W) 18:48.1, 14. Grant Honigford (W) 18:53.6, 15. Xavier Samples (P) 18:59.0, 16. Jaden Ryan (Ba) 19:08.1, 17. Connor Broshes (E) 19:08.4, 18. Thomas Cover (S) 19:12.1, 19. Connor Raines (Ba) 19:14.3, 20. Sam Derstine (Bl) 19:20.1, 21. Zachary Wagner (E) 19:23.1, 22. Riley Samples (P) 19:23.5, 23. Landon Jones (Ba) 19:27.0, 24. Mark McKinley (SA) 19:28.0, 25. Axton Fosnaugh (W) 19:28.3, 29. Cole Lewis (S) 19:37.9, 32. Jonah Rehm (Bl) 19:45.5, 33. Treg Sibert (Ba) 19:47.3, 34. Ty Schaub (S) 19:47.6, 35. Liam Jordan (Bl) 19:49.2, 36. Tyler Rowen (P) 19:50.7, 37. Cash Schadt (W) 19:57.9, 40. Garrett McLay (S) 20:06.2, 41. Trey Boblitt (Bl) 20:07.4, 44. Kaden Truman (Ba) 20:11.7, 45. Zach Rogers (P) 20:15.6, 50. Gabe Harvey (E) 20:35.3.

Red Division

Team Scores: 1. Botkins 29, 2. Covington 75, 3. Russia 89, 4. Delphos St. John’s 146, 5. Triad 158, 6. Waynesfield-Goshen 179, 7. St. Henry 183, 8. Jackson Center 188, 9. Spencerville 221, 10. Bradford 231.

Area Finishers in Top 50

1. Braden Yingst (P) 16:01.5, 5. Lanny Oakman (Spen) 17:30.8, 10. Alec Spangler (W-G) 18:11.7, 20. Marcus Freewalt (DSJ) 19:04.1, 28. Eli Stammen (SH) 19:20.7, 29. Wyatt German (Ottoville) 19:20.9, 31. Drew Palte (DSJ) 19:23.3, 35. Brody Barrington (W-G) 19:51.0, 41. Isaiah Freewalt (DSJ) 20:19.5, 43. Andrew Bockey (DSJ) 20:20.4, 45. Nolan Fullenkamp (SH) 20:29.4, 47. Hank Kopack (DSJ) 20:39.6, 50. Adam Looser (O) 20:44.0.

Girls

Black Division

Team Scores: 1. Parkway 71, 2. South Adams 73, 3. Van Buren 92, 4. Benjamin Logan 98, 5. Shawnee 99, 6. Decatur Bellmont 119, 7. Bellefontaine 164, 8. Wapakoneta 190, 9. Bluffton 194.

Race Winner/Area Finishers in Top 50

1. McKenzie Sturwold (SA) 19:53.3, 3. Alaina Williams (S) 20:22.8, 6. Molly Stump (S) 20:42.0, 9. Amanda Barrett (P) 21:32.0, 10. Paige Williamson (P) 21:38.5, 13. June Essinger (Bl) 21:50.9, 15. Emily Durham (E) 21:55.0, 16. Mariel Augsburger (W) 22:01.7, 18. Lexie Berry (P) 22:15.8, 19. Kyla Fallis (Ba) 22:17.2, 20. Katie Trisel (P) 22:19.4, 24. Emree Sinning (P) 22:55.7, 26. Lena Parsley 22:59.2, 29. Savannah Hohe (S) 23:08.5, 35. Lillith Lautzenheiser (W) 23:39.4, 37. Lucia Segura (W) 23:44.6, 38. Amairi Painter (Bl) 23:46.4, 39. Hailey Hahn (LS) 23:48.6, 41. Makay Tuttle (Bl) 23:51.3, 42. Morgan Hunter (P) 23:54.8, 47. Amelia Vega-Ortiz (S) 24:23.8.

Red Division

Team Scores: 1. Botkins 32, 2. Delphos St. John’s 69, 3. St. Henry 76, 4. Russia 104, 5. Covington 137, 6. Antwerp 158, 7. Wayne Trace 172, 8. Bradford 189.

Area Finishers in Top 50

1. Taylor Spencer (Waynesfield-Goshen) 19:21.1, 4. Rileigh Baumer (SH) 20:45.3, 6. Ava Milligan (DSJ) 21:18.2, 8. Lillee Stewart (Spen) 21:28.6, 13. Brezlynn Rohr (DSJ) 22:03.8, 14. Olivia Bockey (DSJ) 22:07.2, 17. Catherin Kopack (DSJ) 22:35.6, 17. Megan Broering (SH) 22:37.8, 21. Adison Romer (SH) 22:52.9, 22. Paige Buschur (SH) 22:59.0, 24. Amelia Siefring (SH) 23:27.1, 27. Mara Muhlenkamp (SH) 23:52.9, 31. Gracy Zechman (W-G) 24:10.0, 32. Heidi Franck (SH) 24:21.5, 33. Elayna Will (DSJ) 24:23.2, 34. Rylie Edgington (Spen) 24:29.2, 38. Kyra Sutherland (W-G) 24:34.7, 40. Rebecca Leffel (NK) 24:36.1, 41. Katelyn Holdheide (SH) 24:48.7, 43. Adara Fuerst (DSJ) 25:04.7, 48. Joscie Evers (SH) 25:22.7.

SPENCERVILLE — For Perry senior Brady Yingst, there’s just one goal.

And that’s to win a state title.

Yingst has competed at the state meet in cross country and track.

However, the ultimate goal of winning a state title has eluded him.

This cross-country season, Yingst has come out of the gate in dominating fashion. He has not been beaten, or even seriously challenged as of yet.

At Saturday’s Spencerville Bearcat Invitational in the Red Division (small schools), Yingst raced out to a large lead early, and cruised to the victory on the 5,000-meter course on Spencerville’s campus in a stellar time of 16 minutes, 1.5 seconds. The nearest competitor was Jackson Center’s Kellen Reichert (16:54.1).

“Every race, I like to get out hard,” Yingst said. “I like to set the tempo early on and see who will stick around toward the end of the race. It was a solid start (on Saturday). It was about where I wanted to be (first mile), about 4:54. So, after the first mile, I just had to put the second and third mile together.”

Last fall, Yingst placed ninth (16:08.2) in Division III at the state cross country meet. He realizes that he has an opportunity to be in the mix for a state title in his last year of high school.

“This is my last chance (to win a state title in cross country),” Yingst said. “My goal is to get down there and run my best race. My goal is to take home that state championship at some point – whether it is cross country or track. I just have to keep working for it. I have the experience – a couple times in track and a couple times in cross country. I was able to watch my sister (Madison Yingst) win a (track) state title (300-meter hurdles in 2017) when she was in high school (Temple Christian). So, that’s my goal as well. I just have to keep working for it.”

In the boys final team standings in the Red Division on Saturday, Botkins won the team title, as it outscored second-place Covington 29-75. Russia finished a close third (89), while Delphos St. John’s (146) and Triad (158) rounded out the top five squads out of 10 full teams. Perry had three runners, so it did not record a team score Saturday.

On the girls side in the Red Division, Waynesfield-Goshen’s Taylor Spencer notched the individual title with a winning time of 19:21.1. Botkins’ Brittany Arnold was close behind in 19:30.5.

Botkins garnered the team title Saturday, as it outscored Delphos St. John’s 32-69. St. Henry finished third (76), while Russia (104) and Covington (137) rounded out the top five spots in the eight-team field.

In the boys Black Division (large schools), Shawnee senior Isaiah Johns edged out his teammate, sophomore Noah Williams, for the individual title. Johns’ winning time was 16:57.6, while Williams crossed the finish line in 17:14.2.

Shawnee’s pack of runners helped pave the way for the team title. Shawnee registered a stellar score of 24 points, while Parkway was the next closest team with 86 points. Bluffton (128), Bath (133) and Van Buren (139) filled out the rest of the top five squads in the 12-team field.

The remainder of the top 10 teams were Wapakoneta (145), Hicksville (146), Elida (211), Benjamin Logan (220) and South Adams, Indiana (221).

Johns said he felt strong for most of Saturday’s race.

“I felt alright, the first two miles, especially,” Johns said. “Coming around the third mile, I started to struggle. … I kind of dialed back. That’s what I need to work on – to get that third mile a little faster.”

Johns wants to close out his high school cross country career on a strong note.

“Last year I got 41st (16:47.9) at state (Division II),” Johns said. “So, this year, I’m hoping a top 15 (finish), top 10 (finish). That would be a dream for sure. That’s always been something I’ve looked forward to. It’s going to be fun down the road.”

Behind Johns and Williams, Shawnee’s pack was made up of Carter Cleaves (sixth, 17:55.8), Trevor Bowers (seventh, 18:03.2), Justin Altenbach (eighth, 18:12.4), Thomas Cover (18th, 19:12.1) and Cole Lewis (29th, 19:37.9).

In the girls Black Division, Parkway won the team title, as it edged out South Adams for the team crown, 71-73. Van Buren (92), Benjamin Logan (98) and Shawnee (99) rounded out the top five teams. There were nine full teams in the girls Black Division.

South Adams’ McKenzie Sturwold won the individual title in the Black Division, clocking a winning time of 19:53.3. Shawnee’s Alaina Williams was the top area finisher (third, 20:22.8).

Perry’s Braden Yingst was a race winner during Saturday’s Spencerville Bearcat Invitational. See more cross country photos at LimaScores.com.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/09/web1_Spencerville-XC-RP-06.jpgPerry’s Braden Yingst was a race winner during Saturday’s Spencerville Bearcat Invitational. See more cross country photos at LimaScores.com. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Waynesfield-Goshen’s Taylor Spencer won her race during Saturday’s Spencerville Bearcat Invitational.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/09/web1_Spencerville-XC-RP-03.jpgWaynesfield-Goshen’s Taylor Spencer won her race during Saturday’s Spencerville Bearcat Invitational. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Isaiah Johns finished first for team champ Shawnee at Saturday’s Spencerville Bearcat Invitational.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/09/web1_Spencerville-XC-RP-08.jpgIsaiah Johns finished first for team champ Shawnee at Saturday’s Spencerville Bearcat Invitational. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Shawnee’s Alaina Williams competes in Saturday’s Spencerville Bearcat Invitational.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/09/web1_Spencerville-XC-RP-05.jpgShawnee’s Alaina Williams competes in Saturday’s Spencerville Bearcat Invitational. Richard Parrish | The Lima News

By Mark Altstaetter

sports@limanews.com

Results

Spencerville Bearcat Invitational

Boys

Black Division

Team Scores: 1. Shawnee 24, 2. Parkway 86, 3. Bluffton 128, 4. Bath 133, 5. Van Buren 139, 6. Wapakoneta 145, 7. Hicksville 146, 8. Elida 211, 9. Benjamin Logan 220, 10. South Adams 221, 11. Riverdale 275, 12. Paulding 332.

Area Finishers in Top 50

1. Isaiah Johns (S) 16:57.6, 2. Noah Williams (S) 17:14.2, 3. Erik Nygaard (Bl) 17:21.6, 5. Blake Strickler (P) 17:27.9, 6. Carter Cleaves (S) 17:55.8, 7. Trevor Bowers (S) 18:03.2, 8. Justin Altenbach (S) 18:12.4, 9. Colby Bentz (P) 18:27.9, 12. Crew Allen (W) 18:48.1, 14. Grant Honigford (W) 18:53.6, 15. Xavier Samples (P) 18:59.0, 16. Jaden Ryan (Ba) 19:08.1, 17. Connor Broshes (E) 19:08.4, 18. Thomas Cover (S) 19:12.1, 19. Connor Raines (Ba) 19:14.3, 20. Sam Derstine (Bl) 19:20.1, 21. Zachary Wagner (E) 19:23.1, 22. Riley Samples (P) 19:23.5, 23. Landon Jones (Ba) 19:27.0, 24. Mark McKinley (SA) 19:28.0, 25. Axton Fosnaugh (W) 19:28.3, 29. Cole Lewis (S) 19:37.9, 32. Jonah Rehm (Bl) 19:45.5, 33. Treg Sibert (Ba) 19:47.3, 34. Ty Schaub (S) 19:47.6, 35. Liam Jordan (Bl) 19:49.2, 36. Tyler Rowen (P) 19:50.7, 37. Cash Schadt (W) 19:57.9, 40. Garrett McLay (S) 20:06.2, 41. Trey Boblitt (Bl) 20:07.4, 44. Kaden Truman (Ba) 20:11.7, 45. Zach Rogers (P) 20:15.6, 50. Gabe Harvey (E) 20:35.3.

Red Division

Team Scores: 1. Botkins 29, 2. Covington 75, 3. Russia 89, 4. Delphos St. John’s 146, 5. Triad 158, 6. Waynesfield-Goshen 179, 7. St. Henry 183, 8. Jackson Center 188, 9. Spencerville 221, 10. Bradford 231.

Area Finishers in Top 50

1. Braden Yingst (P) 16:01.5, 5. Lanny Oakman (Spen) 17:30.8, 10. Alec Spangler (W-G) 18:11.7, 20. Marcus Freewalt (DSJ) 19:04.1, 28. Eli Stammen (SH) 19:20.7, 29. Wyatt German (Ottoville) 19:20.9, 31. Drew Palte (DSJ) 19:23.3, 35. Brody Barrington (W-G) 19:51.0, 41. Isaiah Freewalt (DSJ) 20:19.5, 43. Andrew Bockey (DSJ) 20:20.4, 45. Nolan Fullenkamp (SH) 20:29.4, 47. Hank Kopack (DSJ) 20:39.6, 50. Adam Looser (O) 20:44.0.

Girls

Black Division

Team Scores: 1. Parkway 71, 2. South Adams 73, 3. Van Buren 92, 4. Benjamin Logan 98, 5. Shawnee 99, 6. Decatur Bellmont 119, 7. Bellefontaine 164, 8. Wapakoneta 190, 9. Bluffton 194.

Race Winner/Area Finishers in Top 50

1. McKenzie Sturwold (SA) 19:53.3, 3. Alaina Williams (S) 20:22.8, 6. Molly Stump (S) 20:42.0, 9. Amanda Barrett (P) 21:32.0, 10. Paige Williamson (P) 21:38.5, 13. June Essinger (Bl) 21:50.9, 15. Emily Durham (E) 21:55.0, 16. Mariel Augsburger (W) 22:01.7, 18. Lexie Berry (P) 22:15.8, 19. Kyla Fallis (Ba) 22:17.2, 20. Katie Trisel (P) 22:19.4, 24. Emree Sinning (P) 22:55.7, 26. Lena Parsley 22:59.2, 29. Savannah Hohe (S) 23:08.5, 35. Lillith Lautzenheiser (W) 23:39.4, 37. Lucia Segura (W) 23:44.6, 38. Amairi Painter (Bl) 23:46.4, 39. Hailey Hahn (LS) 23:48.6, 41. Makay Tuttle (Bl) 23:51.3, 42. Morgan Hunter (P) 23:54.8, 47. Amelia Vega-Ortiz (S) 24:23.8.

Red Division

Team Scores: 1. Botkins 32, 2. Delphos St. John’s 69, 3. St. Henry 76, 4. Russia 104, 5. Covington 137, 6. Antwerp 158, 7. Wayne Trace 172, 8. Bradford 189.

Area Finishers in Top 50

1. Taylor Spencer (Waynesfield-Goshen) 19:21.1, 4. Rileigh Baumer (SH) 20:45.3, 6. Ava Milligan (DSJ) 21:18.2, 8. Lillee Stewart (Spen) 21:28.6, 13. Brezlynn Rohr (DSJ) 22:03.8, 14. Olivia Bockey (DSJ) 22:07.2, 17. Catherin Kopack (DSJ) 22:35.6, 17. Megan Broering (SH) 22:37.8, 21. Adison Romer (SH) 22:52.9, 22. Paige Buschur (SH) 22:59.0, 24. Amelia Siefring (SH) 23:27.1, 27. Mara Muhlenkamp (SH) 23:52.9, 31. Gracy Zechman (W-G) 24:10.0, 32. Heidi Franck (SH) 24:21.5, 33. Elayna Will (DSJ) 24:23.2, 34. Rylie Edgington (Spen) 24:29.2, 38. Kyra Sutherland (W-G) 24:34.7, 40. Rebecca Leffel (NK) 24:36.1, 41. Katelyn Holdheide (SH) 24:48.7, 43. Adara Fuerst (DSJ) 25:04.7, 48. Joscie Evers (SH) 25:22.7.

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