Norwalk scored 35 points to finish well ahead of runners-up Perkins (80) and Willard (80). Rounding out the field was Bellevue (97), St. Paul (105) and Sandusky (115).
Robert Vazquez led Truckers and the race — finishing first overall out of 85 runners with a time of 16:28 which also set a new meet record. Mitchell Sommers (16:59) and Kyler Kromer (17:07) were not far behind finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.
Rounding out Norwalk's top seven included Cobey Kromer (12th, 17:46), Christopher Mohr (13th, 17:49), Wyatt Hale (17th, 18:16) and Gabe Hainline (19th, 18:20).
"We could not be more proud of our runners today," Norwalk coach Drew Karnehm said. "They wanted to show the community all the hard work they've put in thus far this season. The support of the community coming out to cheer these runners on was amazing. You could definitely see how the boys were feeding off of the energy from the fans."
Willard was paced by Trenton Rupert in seventh (17:38), with Blake Smith in 11th (17:46) and Landon Schaffer (17:53) in 14th.
Also for the Flashes, Justin Gillmor (18:32) was 22nd, followed by Zack Keaton (26th, 18:51), Nick Bauer (31st, 19:16) and Fernando Huerta (32nd, 19:18).
For St. Paul, Noah Avandano finished nine seconds behind Vazquez to place second overall in 16:37.
Zack Stine was 16th in 17:56 for the Flyers, followed by Collin Liedorff (24th, 18:44), Ryan Gross (25th, 18:51), Owen Duncan (45th, 20:26), Stephen McHale (47th, 20:40) and Ryan Walker (52nd, 21:18).
Zach Cleveland (17:40) and Cayden Adams (17:45) were eighth and 10th, respectively for Bellevue.
Also scoring for the Redmen was Paul Coffelt (18th, 18:18), Cooper Fought (29th, 19:15), David Lugo (32nd, 19:33), Caleb Wenzel (34th, 19:56) and Ryan Hildebrandt (36th, 20:08).
On the girls side, Bellevue defended its team title in a thriller, edging out Tiffin Columbian, 44-48.
Perkins was third (68), followed by St. Paul (84) and Willard (105). Norwalk and Sandusky did not have enough runners to score as a team.
Bellevue's Madelyn Verhoff won the 74-person race, also setting a new meet record in a time of 20:09 — just ahead of Columbian's Mia Ingalls (20:10).
Also for the balanced Lady Red, Lindsey Spurlock was seventh (21:11) and Rylee Bollenbacher (21:28) was eighth. Jamie Vogel (13th, 21:47), Vanessa Shanaman (15th, 21:58), Lilli Ray (20th, 22:23) and Grace Booze (27th, 23:51) rounded out the Bellevue scoring.
For St. Paul, Claire Ceccoli was fifth overall in 20:57. Cheyene Null was 16th in 22:13, with Madelyn McCall 18th (22:17) and Dana Sumpter (22:21) 19th.
Also scoring for St. Paul included Catherine Massie (23:35), Alexandra Abel (30th, 24:27) and Rachel Beat (21st, 24:34).
Morgan Adams was sixth overall (21:02) for Willard, with Amy Del Angel (21:35) placing 10th.
Also scoring for the Flashes included Layla Dials (24th, 22:56), Sylvia Maciel (32nd, 24:52), Araceli Huerta (33rd, 24:58), Madison Clark (34th, 25:09) and Danielle Bowmar (35th, 25:40).
Norwalk was led by Abigail Hart (16th, 22:03). Shyanne Moser (28th, 23:09), Ana Henderson (32nd, 23:37) and Sydney Fox (73rd, 29:15).
"Our girls are getting stronger and faster, week in and week out," Karnehm said. "That's all we can ask of them — especially with all of them being freshmen. This first year is all about experiences and learning from race-to-race."
St. Paul won the junior high boys race with 29 points. Norwalk was runners-up with 65 points, followed by Perkins (91), Willard (99), Columbian (106), and Bellevue (135).
St. Paul's Issac Thimke finished first overall in a time of 11:42.
Columbian scored 44 points to win the girls race. Willard (72) was second, followed by Perkins (90), Sandusky (91), Norwalk (101) and Bellevue (120).
Bellevue's Dominque Weisz defended her individual title from last year and set a new meet record of 12:53.
"We would like to thank all the volunteers who came out to help make this event run smoothly," Karnehm said.
Up next for Norwalk is the Vermilion Invitational on Saturday.
New London boys third, girls fourth at Bill Brown Invitational
ONTARIO — The New London boys cross country team finished third behind state powers Shelby (39) and Fredericktown (79) with 81 points at Saturday’s Bill Brown Invitational at Ontario High School.
Curtis Joppeck paced the state-ranked Wildcats (No. 6, Division III) by placing sixth overall in 17:15.22. Dominic Albaugh was 14th (17:37.28), while Carson Coey (17:48.16) was 18th and Caleb Good (17:53.88) was 19th to give New London four runners in the top 20.
Also for New London, Cole Kropka was 24th in 18:08.20.
Meanwhile, the No. 12-ranked (Div. III) New London girls team scored 128 points to place fourth behind Ontario (34), Fredericktown (89) and Shelby (106).
Gabrielle Osterland was 10th overall (21:14.07) to pace the ‘Cats, with Kaylin Williams next (21:58.76) in 22nd. Also for New London, Abigail Good (22:27.21) was 27th, Savannah Shaver (22:47.65) was 35th — and Dana Gustely (23:27.70) was 44th.
Western girls win SJCC Streak Invite
FREMONT — The Western Reserve girls edged out Woodmore on Saturday to win the St. Joseph Central Catholic Crimson Streak Invitational at Walsh Park in Fremont.
Western finished with 64 points to Woodmore’s 64.
McKenna Woodruff was ninth for the Roughriders in 21:26.90, while Aliyah Perez (21:36.2) was 10th and Brooke Perkins (21:49.04) was 11th.
Tabi Pausch (22:19.91) was 18th, Ashlyn Barnhart (22:25.67) was 21st and Rachel Herbkersman (22:41.87) was 26th.
Also for Western, Madison Weister (24:05.08) was 42nd.
On the boys side, Western was fourth with 112 points.
Sam Beaudin (18:06.09) was 11th for the ‘Riders, with Logan Rogers (18:48.38) in 27th — followed closely by Breckyn Hunter (18:49.08) and Aidan Fry-Silva (18:52.70) in 28th and 29th, respectively.