'Cats, Coffman, Koenig run at state cross country meet

        The Woodmore girls cross country ran in the 42nd annual state meet at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio last Saturday.
        No matter how well the Wildcats place in the Division III meet, every team member is an underclassman and will be back next year to improve on her performance.
        Team members are juniors Ava Beam, Julia Cable, and Olivia Thatcher, sophomores Kristen Davis and Angela Dickerson and freshmen Jordan Beam and Olivia Vogelpohl.
        Eastwood senior Luke Coffman qualified as an individual for the 91st annual boys state meet, competing in D-II, and Woodmore senior Paul Koenig qualified for the D-III boys meet.
        At the Tiffin regional, the Woodmore girls team finished fifth out of 22 teams that qualified from districts. Woodmore scored 212 points to finish behind Minster (62), Liberty Center (91), Columbus Grove (194) and Archbold (210) — all state team qualifiers.
        Ava Beam was the Wildcats’ top runner, finishing in 18:58.72 and placing seventh out of 182 girls competing in the D-III girls regional. Liberty Center sophomore Hope Oelkrug was the champion, finishing in 18:26.21.
        Woodmore’s Vogelpohl was 16th, crossing the finish line in 19:26.39 and Thatcher (19:52.01) was 27th, Ava Beam, Vogelpohl and Thatcher have been Woodmore’s top runners all season, including finishing 1-2-3 at the Northern Buckeye Conference meet, but they have not necessarily finished in the same order at every meet. Coach Mike Moreno says the girls are very competitive and continue to push each other.
        Coffman placed fourth at Tiffin’s D-II regional, finishing in 16:08.57, but there was quite a spread among the first four placers. Shelby senior Caleb Brown was champion at 14:57.89, followed by Defiance senior Mhalicki Bronson (15:07.65) and Galion senior Braxton Tate (15:23.59).
        Koenig, who was also part of Woodmore’s NBC champion soccer team his junior year, was 14th in the D-III regional, finishing in 16:41.32. The champion was Ayersville senior Noah Fisher (15:41.1).


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