Kalida’s Burgei, Allen East’s Sidle win at Wildcat Invite


Lincolnview wins boys team title

By Mark Altstaetter - sports@limanews.com



Lincolnview’s Julia Stetler competes during Saturday’s Kalida Wildcat Invitational at Kalida Fish and Game.

Lincolnview’s Julia Stetler competes during Saturday’s Kalida Wildcat Invitational at Kalida Fish and Game.


Bluffton’s Landon Armstrong competes during Saturday’s Kalida Wildcat Invitational at Kalida Fish and Game.

Bluffton’s Landon Armstrong competes during Saturday’s Kalida Wildcat Invitational at Kalida Fish and Game.


Ottawa-Glandorf’s Alexa Fortman competes during Saturday’s Kalida Wildcat Invitational at Kalida Fish and Game.


Kalida’s Andrea Burgei competes during Saturday’s Kalida Wildcat Invitational at Kalida Fish and Game.


Waynesfield-Goshen’s Taylor Spencer competes during Saturday’s Kalida Wildcat Invitational at Kalida Fish and Game.


KALIDA – Last weekend at the Van Wert Health Invitational, Kalida sophomore Andrea Burgei found herself in the lead pack for most of the race.

However, down the stretch, Burgei could not keep up with her two toughest competitors – Ottawa-Glandorf’s Alexa Fortman and Waynesfield-Goshen’s Taylor Spencer. Fortman pulled away for the victory at Van Wert, as Spencer and Burgei finished second and third, respectively.

At Saturday’s Kalida Wildcat Invitational, it was the same three runners in the lead pack.

However, this time, it was Burgei who separated from the pack and went on to record the win on the 5,000-meter course at the Kalida Fish and Game Club in a personal-best time of 19 minutes, 16.5 seconds. Spencer finished second (19:25.3), while Fortman was third (19:49.9) out of 117 runners.

Burgei, a Division III regional qualifier in 2020, did not make her move Saturday until later in the race.

“I think it was at about a mile and a half,” Burgei said in reference to when she started to pull away. “Alexa (Fortman) fell off (the pace). Then I was running with Taylor for a while. Then toward the end, I started to pull away.

“I just wanted to be in the lead pack, like at Van Wert. Those hills got to me (Van Wert Reservoirs). Thankfully, there were no hills here. So, I just pushed through.”

Burgei said she wanted to get out fast on Saturday.

“It was a fast first mile,” Burgei said. “Coach (Scott Miller) told me to be under six (minutes in the first mile). … I got like 5:53. Then the second mile, I was like 12:20; and I was supposed to be under 12:30. So, I said, ‘Ok. This is going to be good. I just have to hold this (pace)’.”

In the final girls team standings Saturday, Liberty-Benton notched the team title, as it outscored second-place Ottawa-Glandorf, 58-81. Van Buren was a close third (86), while Lincolnview (134) and Napoleon (152) rounded out the top five squads. There were 10 full teams Saturday.

Other area runners that placed in the top 15 overall in Saturday’s girls race were O-G’s Madelyn Hovest (sixth, 20:21.1), Bluffton’s June Essinger (seventh, 20:23.6). St. Marys’ Maria Jutte (eighth, 20:25.2), Miller City’s Andrea Pfau (ninth, 20:27.7), Elida’s Emily Durham (11th, 20:39.3), and Lincolnview’s Julia Stetler (14th, 20:56.8).

On the boys side Saturday, Allen East senior Hunter Sidle broke away from the pack, down the stretch, en route to a winning time of 16:41.1, which was a personal best for Sidle. Archbold’s Brady Johns finished a close second (16:46.3), while Bluffton’s Landon Armstrong was a close third (16:48.5). There were 111 runners in the boys race.

Sidle wanted to start fast, but not too fast.

“We were pushing pretty hard that first mile,” Sidle said. “Napoleon (Ryan Otto, sixth overall) and I think Archbold (Johns) went out really hard. So, I just

tried to stay behind them, because of the wind. They came out (in the first mile) about 5:10. I came out about 5:17. I was behind, but I knew they would slow down, because of the wind.

“I think at about mile two, I started pushing (the pace). I took the lead. Then I really kicked it the last 800 (meters). At about the (final) 800, I knew I had it.”

Sidle has set some high goals this season.

“I want to make it (to the Division III state meet) this year,” Sidle said. “I just missed getting out (of regionals) last year. “A PR is nice. I hope I can keep setting PRs the rest of the season.”

In the final team standings for the boys, Lincolnview took home the first-place trophy as it scored 67 points. Bluffton finished second with 90 points. St. Marys (117), Archbold (118) and Ottawa-Glandorf (135) rounded out the top five teams. There were 15 squads figured into the scoring.

Lincolnview’s scorers on Saturday included Jackson Robinson (fifth, 16:50.7), Daegan Hatfield (13th, 17:37.2), Kreston Tow (15th place, 17:40.9), Evan Johns (16th, 17:43.5) and Josh Haines (18th, 17:49.3).

Other area boys in the top 15 spots on Saturday included Bluffton’s Erik Nygaard (seventh, 17:03.3), St. Marys’ Tyler Birt (eighth, 17:18.7) and Calvin Morris (ninth, 17:20.2), Waynesfield-Goshen’s Alec Spangler (10th, 17:26.5), O-G’s Ty Buckland (11th, 17:26.6) and Ty Rosengarten (12th, 17:30.7).

Lincolnview’s Julia Stetler competes during Saturday’s Kalida Wildcat Invitational at Kalida Fish and Game.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/10/web1_Kalida-Invite-RP-04-3.jpgLincolnview’s Julia Stetler competes during Saturday’s Kalida Wildcat Invitational at Kalida Fish and Game.
Bluffton’s Landon Armstrong competes during Saturday’s Kalida Wildcat Invitational at Kalida Fish and Game.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/10/web1_Kalida-Invite-RP-06-3.jpgBluffton’s Landon Armstrong competes during Saturday’s Kalida Wildcat Invitational at Kalida Fish and Game.
Ottawa-Glandorf’s Alexa Fortman competes during Saturday’s Kalida Wildcat Invitational at Kalida Fish and Game.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/10/web1_Kalida-Invite-RP-03-3.jpgOttawa-Glandorf’s Alexa Fortman competes during Saturday’s Kalida Wildcat Invitational at Kalida Fish and Game.
Kalida’s Andrea Burgei competes during Saturday’s Kalida Wildcat Invitational at Kalida Fish and Game.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/10/web1_Kalida-Invite-RP-01-3.jpgKalida’s Andrea Burgei competes during Saturday’s Kalida Wildcat Invitational at Kalida Fish and Game.
Waynesfield-Goshen’s Taylor Spencer competes during Saturday’s Kalida Wildcat Invitational at Kalida Fish and Game.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/10/web1_Kalida-Invite-RP-02-3.jpgWaynesfield-Goshen’s Taylor Spencer competes during Saturday’s Kalida Wildcat Invitational at Kalida Fish and Game.
Lincolnview wins boys team title

By Mark Altstaetter

sports@limanews.com

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