|LadyCats top local team at strong Bearcat CC invite|
|Monday, September 09, 2013 12:01 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
SPENCERVILLE — The Kalida A girls crew were the top local cross country team at the strong Spencerville Bearcat Cross Country Invitational, finishing fifth in the 29-team Red Division (151 points) as Katelyn Siebeneck was the fourth-best finisher (20:17.7); the LadyCat B was 20th (443) and their C crew was 23rd (555).
“Katelyn ran a great race but we ran a great race as a team. One reason we have improved over the last two weeks is we’re starting to get everybody back and healthy,” Kalida coach Scott Miller noted. “In particular, Kelly (Doepker) is building her confidence. We’re still a young team overall and the freshmen are now adjusting to the 5K distance instead of the two miles they were used to in junior high. All our runners are getting more confident.”
Spencerville’s girls crew was eighth (202) as Karri Purdy was 10th (20:48.8).
“There was great competition all around. You had some great teams and great athletes and I congratulate everyone for doing so well; I wish everybody good luck the rest of the season,” a very busy Spencerville head coach Brian McMichael — and race director/manager — noted.
St. John’s did not have enough girls for a team score but senior Megan Joseph was sixth (20:27.7).
“Megan ran her best time of the year,” St. John’s coach Steve Hellman said. “She ran a great race against a tough field. We only have four healthy runners right now, with Baylee Lindeman out for another two weeks — we hope. The other girls we have are getting there but it’s hard to run in a pack right now with Megan so much faster right now.”
Ottoville only had one girls runner in Elizabeth Luersman, who ended up 73rd (24:54).
“Since she’s our only girl runner, all you can focus on is her getting better and lowering her time. She cut a minute and a half off her time from last year, so I’m pleased,” veteran Ottoville mentor Bob Kaple noted.
Lincolnview’s girls also did not have enough for a team score as Anna Gorman was 19th (21:38.6.)
The Spencerville boys A crew was eighth in the 38-team Red Division (241 points) as Thad Ringwald finished 34th (19:04.6); the Bearcats’ B unit was 30th (680).
Kalida’s A was 10th (274 points) with Grant Zeller its best placer at 30th (18:42.9); the Wildcats’ B was 31st (682).
“Two of our top three runners are freshmen, so they are also getting better. We had a good week of practice and that carried over in to the race,” Miller added. “Earlier, we were focused on getting the miles in but now, we’re putting more into speed work. The kids are all working hard and you’re seeing the results in our races.”
St. John’s A was 12th (286) as sophomore Curtis Pohlman was 14th (18:05.8); the Blue Jay B team was 34th (710).
“We slowed Curtis down the first mile and he had plenty left for the rest of the race. He was 30th after the first mile and ended up 14th,” Hellman explained. “We had a number of others set their PRs, so we’re going in the right direction. We need to continue to work hard and learn more and more about running as a team.”
Ottoville A was 19th (400) as Ryan Kimmet ended 55th (19:57.7); the Big Green B was 32nd (700).
“Ryan ran under 20 minutes for the first time this year, so he’s coming along fine,” Kaple added. “What I find pleasing with the boys is how they work hard in practice and that translates into better race times. We’re running better as a pack; the goal is now to have each individual lower their time and move up in the finishes.”
The Elida girls A team was 10th in the 37-team Black Division, led by Alyssa Turrentine’s 12th place (21:42.1); the Lady ’Dawg Bs were 25th with 643 points.
“Aly was all-Western Buckeye League last year as a freshman; she missed out on Regionals by 10 places, so she is picking up where she left off. She was 12th in a very strong field,” Elida coach Bruce Marshall said. “Tori (Bowen) is another strong sophomore who finished 33rd and freshman Lauren Bull was 36th. For us, beating Ottawa-Glandorf is a good sign of how far we’ve come with a very young team.”
Elida’s boys A team came in 15th in the 38-team Black Division with 405 points as Gaerid Littler finished 38th (18:52.1); its B team was 31st with 702 points.
“Gaerid is our leader; he ran ion the 18s today. Trevor Brookman was in the 19s,” Marshall added. “We are also so young on the boys side and right now, we’re dealing with some injuries. That’s one key to success in cross country; staying healthy. Once that happens, I like what I see for the rest of this year and into the future.”
A new high school girls meet record was set by Bailey Beery from Decatur Bellmont of 18:38.6 for the 5k, beating the old record held by Spencerville’s Angela Homan set in 2001 of 18:41.0.
Elida hosts St. John’s, Ottoville and Lincolnview in its 8-team invitational 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Spencerville and Kalida are in the Ottawa-Glandorf Blue/Gold Invitational 9 a.m. Saturday.