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Minster edges WL-Salem girls by one point at Bob Schul Invitational

West Liberty-Salem’s girls cross country team took on more of the state’s best teams Saturday and suffered a heartbreaker at the Bob Schul Invitational at Milton Union.

Logan County meet set

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From the left, Bellefontaine runners Amber Jones, Emma Earick, Bob Vermillion, Josh Haisley and Blake Olson hold up the banner for Tuesday’s annual Kiwanis Logan County Cross Country Championships. This year’s races will be at Triad. The junior high boys race begins the event at 4:45 p.m. The junior high girls run at 5:15 p.m., the high school boys follow at 5:45 p.m. and the high school girls conclude the evening at 6:15 p.m. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Minster edged WL-Salem 54-55 to claim the girls Division III race title. WL-Salem had four runners finish in the top 10, but Minster had seven girls finish in the top 20.

“I think it was a solid start for us,” said WL-Salem girls head coach Ann Vogel. “I’m proud of the girls and especially Alyssa Strickland, who ran a minute faster here than last year. To have four girls in the top 10 in that size of meet says something about our depth.”

The Wildcats finished eighth at the state meet last year, while the Tigers took third.

“Three of the top teams in the state were here with us, Minster and Russia,” said Vogel. “It helps us see where we stack up. The same goes for them. They aren’t at full strength either. I definitely think it was a confidence booster that shows us we can start up where we left off from last season and be one of the top programs in the state. We still have a lot of work to do, but we’re still right on track.”

Minster won the 24-team boys meet with 56 points, Versailles was second with 89 points, Covington was third with 126 points, Russia took fourth with 127 points and WL-Salem was fifth with 129 points.

State placer Lauren Francis of Russia won the girls race in 19:29.8, while WL-Salem’s Meghan Vogel, who placed sixth at the state meet, earned the runner-up spot with a time of 19:43.4.

Helping fuel the runner-up finish for the Tigers were Jasmine Smith in seventh (20:29.2), Shawnda Henault in eighth (20:38.2) and Alyssa Strickland in ninth (20:49.7).

Other top finishes by the Tiger girls came from Savanna Shipp in 35th (22:28.6), Sarah Williams in 59th (23:36.5) and Jordan Smith in 80th (24:46.8).

Also racing were Madison Woodruff in 96th (25:25.8), Darby Thomas in 98th (25:28.5), Grace Edwards in 125th (27:14.6), Lyndsey Eshelman in 152nd (29:12.0) and Annie Steiner in 166th (30:19.7).

Versailles’ Samuel Prakel, who was the Division III individual state champion last year, won the boys race in a top time of 15:40.7.

The duo of Aaron Scott and Alex Adams led WL-Salem’s boys with top 15 finishes out of 245 runners. Scott placed sixth in 17:00.3 and Adams took 12th in 17:33.1.

Also finishing in the top 100 were Alex Steiner in 30th (18:23.2), Chris Buschur in 33rd (18:26.5), Stephen Whetstine in 48th (18:54.6), Ross Kelley in 67th (19:15.9) and Michael Lehman in 82nd (19:34.6).

Rounding out the rest of the Tigers were Chris Davis in 116th (20:15.8), David Patterson in 133rd (20:46.9), Kaden Cox in 153rd (21:28.1) and Quincy Glunt in 228th (26:07.5).

Chieftains compete at Brookville

Bellefontaine’s girls and boys cross country teams finished in the middle of the field Saturday at the Brookville Grade Level Challenge.

The Chieftain girls finished in sixth, while the boys finished in seventh.

Tippecanoe held on to win the girls race with 54 points, Princeton was second with 58 points, Lakota East was third with 81 points and BHS took sixth with 182 points.

Lakota East edged Troy 46-49 to claim the boys title. Tippecanoe came in third with 76 points and BHS was seventh with 199 points.

Senior standout Amber Jones led the Chieftain girls with a 12th-place finish in 21:46. She finished fifth overall in the senior division.

Other top finishers for BHS were Maddi Butler in 29th (23:36), Mallory Stolly in 44th (24:33), Hannah Clayton in 62nd (25:32), Casey Mehl in 65th (25:38) and Karen Garcia in 68th (25:49). Butler finished seventh in the sophomore division and Stolly was ninth overall in the freshman division.

The rest of the Chieftain runners included Olivia Breckler in 72nd (26:07), Sarah Vetorino in 76th (26:16), Melanie Moon in 94th (28:10), Emma Earick in 108th (29:13), Naomi Orndorf in 112th (29:48) and Brook LeVan in 117th (30:34).

The top five finishers for the Bellefontaine boys were Blake Olson in 36th (18:48), Storm Harman in 42nd (19:01), Jay Clement in 46th (19:09), Patrick Tarasiewicz in 47th (19:09) and Cody Proffitt in 49th (19:12).

Others recording top 110 finishes were David Guajardo in 54th (19:18), Josh Haisley in 66th (19:51), Bob Vermillion in 90th (20:48), Cale Sterling in 92nd (20:50) and Dyllan Laber in 106th (21:41).

Chieftains in the top 150 were Corey McLaughlin in 112th (21:54), Jon Plogger in 116th (22:05), Keith Wisecup in 118th (22:08), Zach Smith in 139th (22:56), Dean Smith in 147th (23:26) and Kyle Harris in 150th (23:36).

The remaining runners included Adam Verbsky in 162nd (24:37), Todd Taylor in 170th (25:30), Cameron Minter in 173rd (25:49), Zach Bodemiller in 185th (28:30), Tyson Yeager in 186th (28:37), Michael Coakley in 187th (28:47), Drew Nye in 188th (28:49) and Scott Conover in 193rd (32:47).

Lakers race at Northwestern

Indian Lake and Riverside’s cross country programs competed against a strong field of teams Saturday at the Northwestern Warriors Invitational.

Northwestern slipped past Canal Winchester 44-46 to win the girls race and Miami East was third with 101 points. The Lakers were sixth with 166 points.

Defending state champion Springfield Shawnee won the boys race with 30 points, Northmont was second with 49 points and Kenton Ridge was third with 74 points. The Lakers were seventh with 213 points.

Riverside’s Ella Jackson led the area runners with a third-place finish in the girls race with a time of 21:29.3.

For Indian Lake, Leslie Reichert was 26th (23:43.4), Katie Ray was 27th (23:56.3), Ellen Schwieterman was 38th (25:09.7), Dianna Meek was 41st (25:13.3), MaCaleb Miller was 59th (28:04.3), Corine Thomas was 63rd (28:46.3) and Josie Taylor was 73rd (34:06.4).

Brad McIntire led the Laker boys in 36th (19:57), Zack Oakley was 43rd (20:43.7), Austin Eaton was 59th (22:09.8), Tyler Avila was 61st (22:25.7), Brandon Huffman was 71st (23:48.05) and Cameron Young was 83rd (26:24.8).

Riverside saw Brett Rappold took 60th (22:21.9) and Ben Rappold came in 70th (23:19.5).

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