Cross country: Perry’s Yingst, Ottawa-Glandorf’s Fortman triumph


Host Van Wert wins boys title at cross country invitational

By Mark Altstaetter - sports@limanews.com



Perry’s Brady Yingst won the boys race during Saturday’s Van Wert Health Invitational. See more cross country photos at LimaScores.com.

Perry’s Brady Yingst won the boys race during Saturday’s Van Wert Health Invitational. See more cross country photos at LimaScores.com.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Ottawa-Glandorf’s Alexa Fortman won the girls race during Saturday’s Van Wert Health Invitational.

Ottawa-Glandorf’s Alexa Fortman won the girls race during Saturday’s Van Wert Health Invitational.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Waynesfield-Goshen’s Taylor Spencer was second in the girls race during Saturday’s Van Wert Health Invitational.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Van Wert’s Hunter Scherer was fourth in the boys race during Saturday’s Van Wert Health Invitational.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Kalida’s Andrea Burgei was third in the girls race during Saturday’s Van Wert Health Invitational.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Shawnee’s Isaiah Johns was third in the boys race during Saturday’s Van Wert Health Invitational.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Van Wert’s Gage Springer (1241) leads Perry’s Brady Yingst and a pack of runners during Saturday’s Van Wert Health Invitational. Richard Parrish | The Lima News


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Shawnee’s Alaina Williams was fourth in the girls race during Saturday’s Van Wert Health Invitational.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Results

Van Wert Health Invitational

Boys

Team Scores: 1. Van Wert 48, 2. Lincolnview 83, 3. Shawnee 97, 4. Anna 147, 5. Bluffton 148, 6. Ottawa-Glandorf 156, 7. Parkway 166, 8. Allen East 256, 9. Crestview 263, 10. Delphos St. John’s 269, 11. Kalida 270, 12. Elida 320, 13. Wayne Trace 330, 14. Waynesfield-Goshen 330, 15. Spencerville 407.

Area Finishers in Top 50

1. Braden Yingst (Perry) 15:45.9, 3. Isaiah Johns (Sh) 16:47.1, 4. Hunter Scherer (VW) 17:01.5, 5. Noah Williams (Sh) 17:08.4, 6. Gage Wannemacher (VW) 17:15.9, 7. Hunter Sidle (AE) 17:18.1, 8. Erik Nygaard (Bluf) 17:25.4, 9. Blake Strickler (Park) 17:28.9, 10. Gage Springer (VW) 17:31.7, 11. Jackson Robinson (Lin) 17:34.3, 12. Landon Armstrong (Bluf) 17:39.9, 13. Ty Rosengarten (O-G) 17:40.6, 14. Carter Cleaves (Sh) 17:44.9, 15. Drew Laudick (VW) 17:47.7, 16. Ty Buckland (O-G) 18:06.0, 17. Josh Haines (Lin) 18:06.1, 18. John Kramer (VW) 18:07.8, 19. Conner Baldauf (Lin) 18:08.2, 20. Evan Johns (Lin) 18:08.7, 21. Kreston Tow (Lin) 18:22.1, 22. Daegan Hatfield (Lin) 18:22.1, 24. Alec Spangler (W-G) 18:27.4, 26. Hunter Stechschulte (O-G) 18:33.4, 27. Rylan Miller (VW) 18:34.3, 28. Hayden Tomlinson (Crest) 18:34.8, 29. Isaiah Watts (Crest) 18:36.1, 30. Brandon Renner (Lin) 18:36.1, 31. Colby Bentz (Park) 18:39.5, 32. Marcus Freewalt (DSJ) 18:43.7, 33. Owen Scott (VW) 18:43.7, 34. Garrett Decker (Kal) 18:50.4, 36. Xavier Samples (Park) 18:54.7, 37. Trey Boblitt (Bluf) 18:56.9, 38. Thomas Cover (Sh) 18:57.7, 39. Wyatt German (Otto) 19:02.1, 40. Collin Heitmeyer (Kal) 19:04.6, 41. Lanny Oakman (Spen) 19:06.3, 42. Jacob Sealscott (VW) 19:08.0, 43. Riley Samples (Park) 19:08.3, 44. Sam Derstine (Bluf) 19:11.3, 45. Mason Hutchinson (AE) 19:15.7, 46. Kohen Cox (Lin) 19:18.9, 47. Cole Lewis (Sh) 19:20.7, 50. Noah Spath (VW) 19:26.5.

Girls

Team Scores: 1. Anna 62, 2. Shawnee 76, 3. Parkway 122, 4. Ottawa-Glandorf 122, 5. Delphos St. John’s 136, 6. Fort Wayne Canterbury 145, 7. Van Wert 146, 8. Lincolnview 191, 9. Wayne Trace 196, 10. Bluffton 238, 11. Elida 287.

Area Finishers in Top 50

1. Alexa Fortman (O-G) 19:37.2, 2. Taylor Spencer (W-G) 19:41.4, 3. Andrea Burgei (Kal) 19:52.8, 4. Alaina Williams (Sh) 20:34.4, 6. Kyra Welch (VW) 20:49.8, 10. Molly Stump (Sh) 21:00.9, 12. Madelyn Hovest (O-G) 21:11.4, 13. Lily Cleaves (Sh) 21:12.1, 14. June Essinger (Bluf) 21:15.0, 15. Ava Milligan (DSJ) 21:19.4, 16. Lillee Stewart (Spen) 21:24.0, 17. Emily Durham (Eli) 21:31.9, 18. Amanda Barrett (Park) 21:34.3, 19. Tyra McClain (VW) 21:44.9, 20. Paige Williamson (Park) 21:47.2, 25. Julia Stetler (Lin) 21:59.7, 26. Brezlynn Rohr (DSJ) 22:08.1, 27. Olivia Bockey (DSJ) 22:12.6, 29. Lena Parsley (Sh) 22:18.2, 30. Katie Trisel (Park) 22:24.0, 31. Alyssa Knittle (VW) 22:27.1, 32. Savannah Hohe (Sh) 22:31.6, 33. Lauren Walls (Crest) 22:37.5, 35. Lexie Berry (Park) 22:52.8, 36. Emree Sinning (Park) 22:54.4, 37. Marissa Beckett (O-G) 22:55.6, 38. Turnwald Rose (O-G) 22:59.1, 39. Erica Kahle (Kal) 22:59.6, 40. Olivia Snyder (Lin) 23:00.2, 41. Morgan Hunter (Park) 23:04.9, 42. Catherin Kopack (DSJ) 23:05.4, 44. Elayna Will (DSJ) 23:18.4, 45. Kendall Coil (Lin) 23:18.9, 48. Amairi Painter (Bluf) 23:32.1, 49. Lindsey Hatcher (Lin) 23:49.9, 50. Maggie Verhoff (O-G) 23:57.0.

VAN WERT — It was something that Perry’s Brady Yingst did not forget.

Last cross-country season, Yingst was cruising through the competition. That was, until he competed at the Van Wert Health Invitational.

That was when Yingst’s friend, Anna’s Hayden Schmidt, outkicked Yingst down the stretch for the victory.

Same invite, different outcome.

At Saturday’s Van Wert Health Cross Country Invitational, Yingst left no doubt as he gapped the field late in the race and went on to win in a personal-best time of 15 minutes, 45.9 seconds on the 5,000-meter course around the Van Wert Reservoir/ Van Wert Health Hospital grounds.

Schmidt crossed the finish line in 16:33.2. Shawnee’s Isaiah Johns finished third (16:47.1).

“Going into today’s race, I knew I was going up against one of my best friends, Hayden Schmidt,” Yingst said. “I game planned for that. I knew I had more competition than usual.

“You have to focus on your own race. This is the first time I’ve won Van Wert. Last year, he (Schmidt) outkicked me toward the end. I know that’s one guy I’ll be competing against toward the end of the season. He had a great race today. But I was able to take care of it in the second half (of the race).”

Yingst, now a senior, pulled away from the pack late in Saturday’s race.

“I laid back that first mile and kind of held myself back from going out too hard, so I could save some energy for the second half of the race,” Yingst said. “I got to about a mile-and-a-half – close to two miles, going up the hill – and my coach told me to put the hammer down. To come through at 15:45 on a course like this – not great (weather) conditions – is great. I’ve never ran well here in the past. I was very, very happy with today.”

Last fall, Yingst placed ninth at the state meet in Division III. Yingst is feeling good about the progress he has made this year.

“At this point in the season – putting up back-to-back sub 16-minute performances, is what I’m ecstatic about,” Yingst said.

In Saturday’s final team standings for the boys, Van Wert won the team title, scoring 48 points. Lincolnview finished a distant second with 83 points. Shawnee (97), Anna (147) and Bluffton (148) rounded out the top five squads in the 15-team field.

Van Wert had a solid pack of runners Saturday.

Hunter Scherer led Van Wert with a fourth-place finish (17:01.5). Rounding out the top five runners for the Cougars were Gage Wannemacher (sixth, 17:15.9), Gage Springer (10th, 17:31.7), Drew Laudick (15th, 17:47.7) and John Kramer (18th, 18:07.8).

On the girls’ side, Ottawa-Glandorf junior Alexa Fortman pulled away down the stretch, en route to a winning time of 19:37.2. Waynesfield-Goshen junior Taylor Spencer finished a close second (19:41.4). Kalida sophomore Andrea Burgei came in third (19:52.8).

“I tend to start out on my own pace, not go out too fast and stay within striking distance. So, I can have that kick at the end,” Fortman said.

Saturday, Spencer jumped out to the early lead. However, Fortman eventually reeled Spencer in and then outkicked her down the stretch.

“At about the two-mile, I got out in front,” Fortman said. “She (Spencer) started to kick a little earlier than me. Then, I ended up closing the last 200 (meters) or so.”

Last season, Fortman was a state-qualifier in Division II, and Spencer was a state-qualifier in Division III.

In the girls final team standings Saturday, Anna notched the team title (62). Shawnee was a close second (76), while Parkway (122), Ottawa-Glandorf (122) and Delphos St. John’s (136) rounded out the top five teams. Parkway and O-G tied, however, Parkway was awarded third place by way of the sixth-runner tiebreaker. There were 11 teams that figured into the team scoring.

Perry’s Brady Yingst won the boys race during Saturday’s Van Wert Health Invitational. See more cross country photos at LimaScores.com.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/09/web1_Van-Wert-XC-RP-07-2.jpgPerry’s Brady Yingst won the boys race during Saturday’s Van Wert Health Invitational. See more cross country photos at LimaScores.com. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Ottawa-Glandorf’s Alexa Fortman won the girls race during Saturday’s Van Wert Health Invitational.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/09/web1_Van-Wert-XC-RP-01-2.jpgOttawa-Glandorf’s Alexa Fortman won the girls race during Saturday’s Van Wert Health Invitational. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Waynesfield-Goshen’s Taylor Spencer was second in the girls race during Saturday’s Van Wert Health Invitational.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/09/web1_Van-Wert-XC-RP-02-2.jpgWaynesfield-Goshen’s Taylor Spencer was second in the girls race during Saturday’s Van Wert Health Invitational. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Van Wert’s Hunter Scherer was fourth in the boys race during Saturday’s Van Wert Health Invitational.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/09/web1_Van-Wert-XC-RP-09-2.jpgVan Wert’s Hunter Scherer was fourth in the boys race during Saturday’s Van Wert Health Invitational. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Kalida’s Andrea Burgei was third in the girls race during Saturday’s Van Wert Health Invitational.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/09/web1_Van-Wert-XC-RP-03-2.jpgKalida’s Andrea Burgei was third in the girls race during Saturday’s Van Wert Health Invitational. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Shawnee’s Isaiah Johns was third in the boys race during Saturday’s Van Wert Health Invitational.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/09/web1_Van-Wert-XC-RP-08-2.jpgShawnee’s Isaiah Johns was third in the boys race during Saturday’s Van Wert Health Invitational. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Van Wert’s Gage Springer (1241) leads Perry’s Brady Yingst and a pack of runners during Saturday’s Van Wert Health Invitational. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/09/web1_Van-Wert-XC-RP-11-2.jpgVan Wert’s Gage Springer (1241) leads Perry’s Brady Yingst and a pack of runners during Saturday’s Van Wert Health Invitational. Richard Parrish | The Lima News Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Shawnee’s Alaina Williams was fourth in the girls race during Saturday’s Van Wert Health Invitational.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/09/web1_Van-Wert-XC-RP-04-2.jpgShawnee’s Alaina Williams was fourth in the girls race during Saturday’s Van Wert Health Invitational. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Host Van Wert wins boys title at cross country invitational

By Mark Altstaetter

sports@limanews.com

Results

Van Wert Health Invitational

Boys

Team Scores: 1. Van Wert 48, 2. Lincolnview 83, 3. Shawnee 97, 4. Anna 147, 5. Bluffton 148, 6. Ottawa-Glandorf 156, 7. Parkway 166, 8. Allen East 256, 9. Crestview 263, 10. Delphos St. John’s 269, 11. Kalida 270, 12. Elida 320, 13. Wayne Trace 330, 14. Waynesfield-Goshen 330, 15. Spencerville 407.

Area Finishers in Top 50

1. Braden Yingst (Perry) 15:45.9, 3. Isaiah Johns (Sh) 16:47.1, 4. Hunter Scherer (VW) 17:01.5, 5. Noah Williams (Sh) 17:08.4, 6. Gage Wannemacher (VW) 17:15.9, 7. Hunter Sidle (AE) 17:18.1, 8. Erik Nygaard (Bluf) 17:25.4, 9. Blake Strickler (Park) 17:28.9, 10. Gage Springer (VW) 17:31.7, 11. Jackson Robinson (Lin) 17:34.3, 12. Landon Armstrong (Bluf) 17:39.9, 13. Ty Rosengarten (O-G) 17:40.6, 14. Carter Cleaves (Sh) 17:44.9, 15. Drew Laudick (VW) 17:47.7, 16. Ty Buckland (O-G) 18:06.0, 17. Josh Haines (Lin) 18:06.1, 18. John Kramer (VW) 18:07.8, 19. Conner Baldauf (Lin) 18:08.2, 20. Evan Johns (Lin) 18:08.7, 21. Kreston Tow (Lin) 18:22.1, 22. Daegan Hatfield (Lin) 18:22.1, 24. Alec Spangler (W-G) 18:27.4, 26. Hunter Stechschulte (O-G) 18:33.4, 27. Rylan Miller (VW) 18:34.3, 28. Hayden Tomlinson (Crest) 18:34.8, 29. Isaiah Watts (Crest) 18:36.1, 30. Brandon Renner (Lin) 18:36.1, 31. Colby Bentz (Park) 18:39.5, 32. Marcus Freewalt (DSJ) 18:43.7, 33. Owen Scott (VW) 18:43.7, 34. Garrett Decker (Kal) 18:50.4, 36. Xavier Samples (Park) 18:54.7, 37. Trey Boblitt (Bluf) 18:56.9, 38. Thomas Cover (Sh) 18:57.7, 39. Wyatt German (Otto) 19:02.1, 40. Collin Heitmeyer (Kal) 19:04.6, 41. Lanny Oakman (Spen) 19:06.3, 42. Jacob Sealscott (VW) 19:08.0, 43. Riley Samples (Park) 19:08.3, 44. Sam Derstine (Bluf) 19:11.3, 45. Mason Hutchinson (AE) 19:15.7, 46. Kohen Cox (Lin) 19:18.9, 47. Cole Lewis (Sh) 19:20.7, 50. Noah Spath (VW) 19:26.5.

Girls

Team Scores: 1. Anna 62, 2. Shawnee 76, 3. Parkway 122, 4. Ottawa-Glandorf 122, 5. Delphos St. John’s 136, 6. Fort Wayne Canterbury 145, 7. Van Wert 146, 8. Lincolnview 191, 9. Wayne Trace 196, 10. Bluffton 238, 11. Elida 287.

Area Finishers in Top 50

1. Alexa Fortman (O-G) 19:37.2, 2. Taylor Spencer (W-G) 19:41.4, 3. Andrea Burgei (Kal) 19:52.8, 4. Alaina Williams (Sh) 20:34.4, 6. Kyra Welch (VW) 20:49.8, 10. Molly Stump (Sh) 21:00.9, 12. Madelyn Hovest (O-G) 21:11.4, 13. Lily Cleaves (Sh) 21:12.1, 14. June Essinger (Bluf) 21:15.0, 15. Ava Milligan (DSJ) 21:19.4, 16. Lillee Stewart (Spen) 21:24.0, 17. Emily Durham (Eli) 21:31.9, 18. Amanda Barrett (Park) 21:34.3, 19. Tyra McClain (VW) 21:44.9, 20. Paige Williamson (Park) 21:47.2, 25. Julia Stetler (Lin) 21:59.7, 26. Brezlynn Rohr (DSJ) 22:08.1, 27. Olivia Bockey (DSJ) 22:12.6, 29. Lena Parsley (Sh) 22:18.2, 30. Katie Trisel (Park) 22:24.0, 31. Alyssa Knittle (VW) 22:27.1, 32. Savannah Hohe (Sh) 22:31.6, 33. Lauren Walls (Crest) 22:37.5, 35. Lexie Berry (Park) 22:52.8, 36. Emree Sinning (Park) 22:54.4, 37. Marissa Beckett (O-G) 22:55.6, 38. Turnwald Rose (O-G) 22:59.1, 39. Erica Kahle (Kal) 22:59.6, 40. Olivia Snyder (Lin) 23:00.2, 41. Morgan Hunter (Park) 23:04.9, 42. Catherin Kopack (DSJ) 23:05.4, 44. Elayna Will (DSJ) 23:18.4, 45. Kendall Coil (Lin) 23:18.9, 48. Amairi Painter (Bluf) 23:32.1, 49. Lindsey Hatcher (Lin) 23:49.9, 50. Maggie Verhoff (O-G) 23:57.0.

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