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Norwalk boys win SBC Lake championship

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Updated Oct 13, 2018 at 11:47 PM

TIFFIN — Paced by another strong performance by its top four runners, the Norwalk boys cross country team distanced itself by a wide margin from the field to win Saturday’s SBC Lake Division championship race at Hedges-Boyer Park in Tiffin.

Norwalk scored 30 points, well ahead of runners-up Columbian (47), Perkins (74), Bellevue (78), Sandusky (132) and Clyde (153).

The Truckers had four individuals among the top seven in the 95-runner field to earn first-team all-league honors.

Columbian’s Caden Groves (16:16.18) was the overall race winner, while Norwalk’s Robert Vazquez (16:40.51) was second. Kyler Kromer (16:46.32) and Mitchell Sommers (17:06.17) were fourth and fifth, while Cobey Kromer (17:29.67) was seventh.

“Three of us — Caden Groves, myself and Parker Brown (Perkins) — came through the first mile at 4:54, which is pretty insane. I didn’t intend going that fast for the start,” Vasquez said. “Then right before my second mile, my cross necklace broke and fell. So I thought, either I pick up my necklace or I give up my spot to Parker. But I couldn’t give up my spot.

“I’m not a real big fan of Tiffin’s course, only because they have the hills,” he added. “Caden caught my PR today, so it should be a good race at regionals in a few weeks.”

Vazquez was impressed was the performance of freshman Kyler Kromer — fourth at 16:46.32.

“As a freshman, that time is beyond good,” said Vazquez of Kromer. “He has a lot of potential. He’s going to be really good in the future.”

Norwalk moved up to Div. I a year ago, missing out on going to state as a team after going in 2016.

“That was an experience to remember,” Vazquez said. “But since we got bumped up to Div. I, it’s been pretty intense races. Luckily, our guys are peaking at the right time here and looking good.”

Also for Norwalk, Wyatt Hale was 12th (17:41.82), followed by Jose Dominguez (24th, 18:29.26) and Samuel Neuberger (29th, 18:41.97).

“These guys ran extremely well today,” Norwalk coach Drew Karnehm said. “They packed up, stayed together, and worked as a team. It is always great to see all the hard work pay off at the end of the season like this. We aren't done yet, but these boys are peaking at the right time."

For Bellevue, Zach Cleveland (17:22.80) was sixth overall, while Cayden Adams (17:35.60) was ninth. Also for the Redmen, Paul Coffelt (18:03.35) was 16th, Caleb Wenzel (18:17.65) was 21st and Cooper Fought (18:37.96) was 27th.

Up next for the Norwalk boys team is the Division I Findlay district meet held at Findlay Owens Community College. The girls will run in the Div. II race.

In the girls race, Norwalk did not have enough runners for the team race, won by Columbian (33). Bellevue was second with 52 points.

Norwalk had two individuals earn honorable mention All-SBC by finishing in the top 24. Abigail Hart finished 18th (22:22) and Ana Henderson was 24th (23:02). Also running for Norwalk was Sydney Fox (44th, 27:23).

"The group of girls we have been working with have been giving it their all,” Karnehm said. “To only have three girls compete today, and have two of the three earn special recognition is amazing."

For the Lady Red, Madelyn Verhoff (19:53.95) was second to Columbian’s Mia Ingalls (19:27.63).

Also for Bellevue, Lindsey Spurlock (20:58.79) was sixth, followed by Rylee Bollenbacher (11th, 21:31.71), Vanessa Shanaman (16th, 22:12.67), Jamie Vogel (17th, 22:19), Lilli Ray (19th, 22:24.13) and Grace Booze (23rd, 23:01.03).

“We knew from the beginning of the season the Tiffin girls were the team to beat,” Bellevue coach Lee Booze said. “There's no defense in cross country. We ran a good race but, Tiffin did as well. I'm proud how our girls got after it and gave their all.”


Edison sweeps Bay titles

TIFFIN — The Edison boys and girls cross country teams won both SBC Bay divisional races on Saturday.

Led again by the 1-2 punch of Daniel Lambert and Tyler Coon, the Chargers finished with 38 points to win the boys race, followed by runners-up Willard (56).

Lambert (16:13.09) was first and Coon (16:20.03) was second for Edison on Saturday.

Also for the Chargers, Jonathon Hrivnak (17:34.93) was sixth, Aidan Anderson (18:04.93) was 14th and Dax Austin (18:07.44) was 15th. Rounding out the Edison scoring was Kegan Grames (19th, 18:20.99) and Gabe Tice (26th, 18:41.32).

Willard’s top finisher was Zack Keaton (17:20.46) in fourth. Landon Schaffer (17:41.66) was eighth, Trenton Rupert (17:52.90) was 10th and Blake Smith (18:01.26) was 13th.

Also scoring for the Crimson Flashes included Justin Gillmor (22nd, 18:27.16), Aaron Stephens (35th, 19:10.82) and Jordan Luna (36th, 19:12. 81).

In the girls race, Edison scored 41 points — well ahead of second-place Huron (69). Willard was fourth (99) among the seven teams.

Abby Lesniak was the overall race winner for Edison, finishing 23 seconds ahead of second place in a time of 19:16.08. Isabel Chasney (20:14.92) was third for the Chargers, while Katelyn Jeremay (22:15.70) was 11th and Paige Schaefer (22:16.19) was 12th.

Also scoring for Edison included Lindsay Sneider (22:34.87) in 14th, Isabellah Linder (29th, 23:40.31) and Mallory Stiles (36th, 24:18.42).

Morgan Adams led Willard with a fourth-place finish in 21:09.65. Amy Del Angel (21:30.23) was sixth and Elizabeth Dials (23:17.08) was 22nd.

Also scoring for the Flashes included Sylvia Maciel (32nd, 24:07.40), Araceli Huerta (35th, 24:16.94), Madison Clark (37th, 24:27.01) and Zoey Hartz (49th, 25:44.84).

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