|Tow, Purdy win SJ Invitational|
|Sunday, August 25, 2013 12:00 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
DELPHOS — Lincolnview’s Bayley Tow won the varsity boys race and Spencerville’s Karri Purdy the girls at the St. John’s Cross Country Invitational Saturday morning at Stadium Park in Delphos.
The Lancers were the best finishers of the local boys teams by placing third (70 points), with Columbus Grove fourth (95), Crestview fifth (137), Van Wert eighth (248), Kalida ninth (293), St. John’s 10th (307), Spencerville 11th (314) and Ottoville 14th (359) in the 16-team format.
Tow ran a 16:40 for the Lancers, while Colton Grothaus (17:06) was best for Columbus Grove at fourth, Charles Thornburg (17:20) for Crestview at sixth, Curtis Pohlman (18:19) for St. John’s at 19th, Grant Zeller 28th for Kalida (18:43), Ryan Kerber 33rd for Van Wert (19:08), Matt Hurles (19:35) for Spencerville at 44th and Cody Kemper 68th for Ottoville (20:22).
After Purdy, the leaders for the local girls teams were Kalida’s Katelyn Siebeneck (20:11.73) in second, Lady Blue Jay Megan Joseph (21:13) in 10th, Whitney Meyers 14th (21:44) for the Lady Cougars, Alexis Ricker 17th (22:05) for the Lady Bulldogs, Anna Gorman 22nd (22:38) for the Lady Lancers, Chelsea Hancock (22:38) 41st for the Lady Knights and lone Lady Big Green runner Elizabeth Luersman (25:23) in 79th.
Spencerville’s team came in second (77), Van Wert third (113), Kalida fifth (146), Columbus Grove sixth (161), Crestview 11th (274) and Lincolnview 12th (289) out of 13 teams.
Due to an injury St. John’s didn’t have a fifth runner for a team score.