Gibsonburg trio leads first pack to River championship

J. Patrick Eaken

The Gibsonburg girls cross country team won a Sandusky Bay Conference River Division championship, scoring 41 points to oust second place Old Fort (46).

Lakota (82) was third, followed by Hopewell-Loudon (83), Sandusky St. Mary (117) and New Riegel (150).

The Golden Bears did it with depth, filling the third through fifth place spots, and then a second pack came through and secured the championship.

“It’s rewarding to see the team running their best races just when it matters most,” said Gibsonburg coach Beth Kohler 

Lakota senior Reilly Cozette won the individual title in 19:36.74 and Old Fort freshman Macie Miller was runner-up in 19:57.81, but Gibsonburg sophomore Brianna Montgomery was third in 20:52.07.

Gibsonburg sophomore Emilia Simmons (20:56.63) was fourth, senior Hannah Dearth (21:03.59) was fifth, sophomore Ally Sentle (22:58.28) was 16th, freshman Sophia Paul (23:01.48) was 17th, sophomore Kara Long (23:13.4) was 18th, senior Kallan Stricker (23:51.33) was 23rd and junior Isabel Brink (25:32.73) was 43rd.

Some people may have no idea how much strategy can go into a cross country race.

“The race set up well with our three top runners able to work together and push one another to fantastic finishes,” Kohler said. “Senior Hannah Dearth got a strong start and led our runners for the first two miles. Sophomore Emelia Simmons took charge after the second mile and really set a great tone, and sophomore Brianna Montgomery showed her strong kick at the end to be the first of the three across the finish line. 

“We had a second pack of four runners who also inspired one another during the race. Sophomores Ally Sentle and Kara long, along with freshman Sophia Paul and senior Kallan Stricker really made the difference for us in the last half of the race, pushing hard to finish in front of Old Fort’s fifth runner.”

The Gibsonburg boys finished in sixth, scoring 146 points to trail New Riegel (42), Lakota (71), Old Fort (85), St. Mary (115) and Hopewell-Loudon (129). Fremont St. Joseph (170) was seventh and Tiffin Calvert (189) eighth.

Gibsonburg sophomore Cyler Amor (18:12.68) was 14th, junior Logan Hausman (18:30.61) was 21st and freshman Jacob Henderson (19:15.41) was 35th.

In the Sandusky Bay Conference Bay Division, Oak Harbor boys (142) placed sixth, trailing Huron (22), Edison (57), Willard (88), Port Clinton (98) and Margaretta (126). Oak Harbor junior Camden Bloomer (18:34.41) finished in eighth.

Oak Harbor girls were fifth, scoring 114 points to place behind Edison (42), Margaretta (44), Huron (75) and Port Clinton (94). Willard scored 166 points to finish sixth.

Oak Harbor sophomore Ashley Schiller (22:07.93) finished in 17th, junior Logan Wagner (22:26.02) was 20th, freshman Alyse Sorg (22:58.22) was 25th and senior Auna Tack (23:03.96) was 26th.


Clay harriers fifth, sixth

In the Three Rivers Athletic Conference, the Clay girls cross country team finished fifth, scoring 115 points to place behind St. Ursula (29), Findlay (58), Notre Dame (71), and Fremont Ross (110). Whitmer (143) was sixth, followed by Lima Senior (207). Central Catholic did not put up a team score in the boys or girls race.

Clay harrier Lauren Larue finished in eight place with a time of 20:52.5. Teammate Tyler Henney (21:45) was 15th, Carmen Horsley (23:16.9) was 29th, Isabella Derra (23:19.4) was 30th, Dezarae Racz (23:56.3) was 37th and Julia Derrer (24:17.4) was 40th.

In the TRAC boys meet, Clay finished sixth, scoring 174 to finish behind St.Francis (25), St. John’s (59),  Findlay (79), Ross (114) and Whitmer (117). Lima Senior (195) was seventh.

Clay’s top finisher was Kaiden Westrick, who ran in 18:10.2, good for 26th out of 51 runners.  St. Francis runner Rylan Winkler won in 16:33.3.  Will Horvath (18:15.1) was 28th and Orlo Horsley (19:05.2) was 37th, Both Clay teams are coached by David Hess.

In the Toledo Area Athletic Conference boys race, Cardinal Stritch runner Aaron Wilhelm finished in 19:12, good enough for 12th place.

Northwood runner Max Closson (19:24) was 15th and Stritch runner Nik Lesle-Pilner (19:34) was 18th. Ottawa Hills took the top three spots and scored 22 points to win the race, followed by Maumee Valley (42) and Toledo Christian (72)



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