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Norwalk boys third at SBC championships

By KEVIN SHIELDS • Updated Oct 15, 2017 at 11:55 AM

TIFFIN — Two Norwalk boys runners placed in the top 10 at Saturday’s Sandusky Bay Conference Lake division championships — helping the Truckers to a third place finish in the team standings.

State-ranked Shelby (No. 10, Division II) won the event at Hedges-Boyer Park with 29 points, followed by Tiffin Columbian (72), Norwalk (83), Clyde (129), Bellevue (130) and Sandusky (187).

For Norwalk, Christopher Mohr was ninth (16:58.80) and Julian Go 10th (17:00.26).

Also for the Truckers, Robert Vazquez (17:29.59) was 21st, followed by Cobey Kromer (17:36.35) in 22nd, Owen Lottman (17:46.28), Quinn Hipp (17:47.65) and Mitchell Sommers (17:49.39) were 24th, 25th and 26th.

Jad Oglesby (18:28.69) was 30th for Norwalk, Jose Dominguez (18:38.63) was 34th, Samuel Neuberger (18:46.18) was 37th, Matthew Neuberger (19:09.46) was 44th and Gabriel Hainline (19:16.23) was 46th.

Zach Cleveland was 15th (17:19.30) for the Redmen. He was followed by Ian Seymour (17:20.51) in 17th, Cayden Adams (18:39.15) in 35th, Paul Coffelt (18:51.58) in 40th, Gabe Alda (19:01.30) in 42nd, Oliver Snyder (19:19.54) in 48th and Dwight Fuehring (19:22.43) in 49th.

Bellevue girls win Lake title

Entering Saturday, the Bellevue girls had called themselves six-time defending Northern Ohio League champions.

Now, they can start a new streak.

Led by second- and third-place runs from Madelyn Verhoff (20:25.39) and Taylor Waldecker (20:32.78), respectively, the Lady Red placed three in the top 10 and five in the top 21 positions to top runner-up Columbian 55-64 for their first-ever SBC crown.

“At the beginning of this season, we made up a phrase, ‘New league, same dedication,’” Bellevue coach Lee Booze said. “Some of the teams had changed, but the course was the same, and that’s a great benefit.

“So I think for us, really the mentally was about preparing and running well on the right day,” he added.

Clyde was third (68), followed by Shelby (77), Norwalk (103), Perkins (111) and Sandusky (216).

Elyse Coe (20:34.90) was fourth for the Truckers to earn first-team honors. Second team honors included Bellevue’s Lindsey Spurlock (21:24.29) and Norwalk’s Bethany Cring (21:36.81).

Also for Norwalk, Jada Thomas (22:33.65) was 18th, Allison Reyna (23:20.58) was 34th, Janie Dominguez (24:10.45) was 40th, Lauryn Maloney (25:06.57) was 51st and Cayla Sowders (26:03.31) was 63rd.

Also scoring for Bellevue included Madison Raifsnider (22:39.06) in 20th, Jamie Vogel (22:39.54) in 21st, Vanessa Shanaman (23:00.26) in 28th and Hannah Cleveland (23:06.63) in 31st.

Edison boys, girls win Bay team titles

Edison couldn’t have picked a better time to finally come together.

Whether it’s been pneumonia, breathing issues in the heat, or the flu, the Charger girls have seen it all. And it wasn’t until Saturday’s Sandusky Bay Conference championships that they were finally able to run together.

Freshman Abby Lesniak ran a winning time of 20:03.16, leading four girls in the top seven and seven in the top 31 as Edison beat out Huron by 31-56 margin to repeat as Bay division champions in the races run at Hedges-Boyer Park.

The Chargers swept the Bay division for the second time in as many seasons as the boys also beat out the Tigers, 27-42. Winner Daniel Lambert (16:58.15) paced three in the top four and six in the top 16 for Edison.

“I was happy with getting first place and standing at the top of the podium, but I was a little disappointed at the time,” said Lambert, a sophomore. “But it was kind of hot out and it’s not the flattest course. So I was happy with the overall outcome of the race.”

Willard was third with 87 points, Port Clinton was fourth (122 points), followed by Oak Harbor (126), Vermilion (126) and Margaretta (191).

Tyler Coon was third (17:25.42), Jonathan Hrivnak fourth (17:29.11) and Gavin Schaeffer was eighth (17:53.83) for the Chargers. Brandon Romell added an 11th 18:11.48) and Branon Tice was 16th (18:29.56).

“None of our boys are happy. They came in knowing what times they wanted to run, and those times didn’t come around for them,” Edison coach Randy Foster said. “But they’re sick of me using heat as an excuse, and I’m glad they’re upset. But they also have to understand that we changed our whole training scheme this year to peak for regionals and state.

“Last year, we didn’t know what we had, so we peaked for the conference meet,” he added. “Still, today, we won with 27 points on tired legs.”

Lambert broke the school record at the Seneca East Tiger Classic, running a time of 16:12.98. He then ran a 16:24.60 at the Tiffin Carnival, but was unable to come close to that Saturday as the heat rose in the afternoon after it stayed cool in the morning for the other two divisions. He was fourth in the SBC Bay race as a freshman.

As for Lesniak, she broke her personal record by over a minute. Her previous best finish was 13th at the Cloverleaf Invitational on Sept. 22 where she ran a PR time of 21:03.80.

“I felt really proud of myself for staying out front. I felt like slowing down because I had someone right behind me, and I felt like giving up, but I kept pushing myself,” Lesniak said. “It’s very exciting to be able to lead my team and win the championship.”

The young runner continues to impress her veteran coach.

“I don’t know if she knows her potential because us coaches don’t,” Foster said. “She just goes out and runs with confidence. At the beginning of the year, she struggled with confidence and was wondering why she wasn’t running up with the leaders like in middle school.”

Edison’s Carlie Shover was fifth (21:05.60), Isabel Chasney sixth (21:36.24) and Ashley Sneider was seventh (21:44.51). Grace Kromer finished 12th (22:42.98) and Catie Houser was 22nd (23:30.46).

The top seven in each division earned first-team All-SBC honors with spots 8-14 getting second-team recognition.

The Willard trio of Morgan Adams (22:24.57), Jillian Schloemer (22:32.90) and Felicia Rosvanis (22:42.21) were ninth through 11th, respectively. Also for Willard, Amy Del Angel (22:57.96), Alyssa Strayer (23:01.84) and Emily Rothhaar (23:08.80) placed 16th, 17th and 18th for the Crimson Flashes, while Maddison Osborne (25:04.40) was 41st.

The Willard girls took third (63).

On the boys side, Willard was also third (87). Blake Smith (17:35.23) was sixth to round out the first team for the Crimson Flashes.

Also for the Flashes, Nathan Cofer (18:36.17) was 18th and Landon Schaffer (18:47.55) was 19th, followed by Trenton Rupert (18:54.17) in 21st, Zack Keaton (18:55.61) in 23rd, Justin Gillmor (19:19.73) in 28th and Ethan Slone (19:25.47) in 30th.

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