|Grove boys dominate ‘Old Shoe’ cross country meet|
|Wednesday, October 02, 2013 12:17 AM|
By Charlie Warnimont
OTTAWA — Columbus Grove boys cross country coach Terry Schnipke likes it when he looks out over a cross country course and sees his team’s white uniforms bunched together.
Tuesday evening at the Putnam County “Old Shoe” Cross Country Invitational, Schnipke saw just that.
While Ottawa-Glandorf’s Matias Trampe-Kindt was winning the race, his Bulldog runners filled the next five spots and eight of the next nine as the Bulldogs easily repeated as champions of the event.
Dominating the top 10, the Bulldogs finished the race with 20 points as the Titans were second with 47 points. Kalida was third with 90 points and Ottoville was fourth with 94 points.
On the girls side, the Lady Bulldogs were unable to match Pandora-Gilboa’s pack as they finished second to the rival Rockets.
The Lady Rockets claimed the PCL title with 31 points as the Bulldogs were second with 58 points. Kalida was third with 63 points and O-G was fourth with 64 points.
O-G senior Trampe-Kindt continued his dominance of local courses, winning the race in a time of 16:59. And while his teammate, Chris Hyman, managed a seventh-place finish in 18:42, the Bulldogs dominated the majority of the top-10 positions.
“This was fun to watch,” Schnipke said. “I like those white uniforms. I love seeing them in a pack. That was kind of fun today.”
The Bulldogs were led by junior standout Colton Grothaus with a second-place finish in 17:05. Grothaus gave Trampe-Kindt a stiff challenge for the top spot, battling the Titan senior into the final mile before settling for second place.
“With three-quarters of a mile to go, I was surprised with how close Colton was making this,” Schnipke said. “He was right on Matias’s tail and I thought he was going to catch him. He ran out of gas, though, as he has been battling a cold. Matias is a good runner, so give him credit.”
Following Grothaus across the finish line was Jerry Kesselmayer in third and Lee Altenburger in fourth as both crossed the line in 18:19. Logan Douglas was fifth in 18:23 and Bryce Sharrits was sixth in 18:28. Boone Brubaker finished eighth in 18:46, Alex Tabler was ninth in 18:46 and Zach Schafer was 10th in 18:50.
Kalida’s Adam von der Embse finished 11th in 19:00 and Grant Zeller was 13th in 19:15.
Ottoville was led by Cody Kemper as he finished 20th in 20:08.
On the girls side, Kalida sophomore Katelyn Siebeneck led much of the race before being passed by Pandora-Gilboa’s Anna Abelovska in the final mile. Abelovska, who is from Slovokia, won the race in 20:50 as Siebeneck finished second in 20:59. It was just Abelovska’s second cross country race for the Rockets as her paperwork was just approved by the OHSAA last week.
The Rockets won the title as they had four of the top five runners in the race.
Kelly Doepker finished eighth for the Lady Wildcats in 22:37, while Becca Brinkman was 15th in 24:18 and Kristin Fortman was 16th in 24:28.
“I thought the girls ran well. I was pleased with what they did today,” Kalida coach Scott Miller said. “Katelyn ran a good race; the girl from Pandora just ran a little better today. That’s OK; we are getting her ready for the post-season and a good run there. Overall, I felt all of my runners ran pretty good today.”
Columbus Grove had four runners finish close together as they were led by Alexis Ricker with a ninth-place finish in 22:55. Leah Myerholtz was 10th in 23:36, Megan Langhals was 11th in 23;44 and Lindsey Malsam was 12th in 23:51. Candace Downing finished 17th in 24:28.
Ottoville’s Elizabeth Luersman finished 14th in 23:55.
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1. Columbus Grove 20; 2. Ottawa-Glandorf 47; 3. Kalida 90; 4. Ottoville 94.
2. Colton Grothaus (CG) 17:05; 3. Jerry Kesselmayer (CG) 18:19; 4. Lee Altenburger (CG) 18:19; 5. Logan Douglas (CG) 18:23; 6. Bryce Sharrits (CG) 18:28; 8. Boone Brubaker (CG) 18:46; 9. Alex Tabler (CG) 18:47; 10. Zach Shafer (CG) 18:50; 11. Adam von der Embse (K) 19:00; 12. Preston Brubaker (GC) 19:10; 13. Grant Zeller (K) 19:15; 14. Philip Vance (CG) 19:24; 19. Cody Reynolds (CG) 20:07; 20. Cody Kemper (OT) 20:08; 23. Eric Von Sossan (OT) 20:33; 24. Ryan Kimmet (OT) 20:58; 25. Corey Schroeder (CG) 21:00; 26. Andy Horstman (OT) 21:01; 28. Cody Wischmeyer (CG) 21:17; 29. Trevor Fisher (OT) 21:27; 30. Ryan Price (CG) 21:30; 31. Mark Waldick (OT) 21:35; 32. Jacob Schroeder (CG) 21:42; 33. Kaleb Siebeneck (K) 21:59; 35. Ryan Tabler (CG) 22:15; 36. Noah Verhoff (K) 22:16; 39. Brady Laudick (K) 22:27; 42. Austin Sager (CG) 23:29; 45. Ian Nordhaus (K) 23:36; 46. Trevor Maag (K) 23:39; 47. Mitchell Kerner (K) 23:46; 50. Brandon Kimmet (OT) 28:39.
1. Pandora-Gilboa 31; 2. Columbus Grove 58; 3. Kalida 63; 4. Ottawa-Glandorf 64.
2. Katelyn Siebeneck (K) 20:59; 8. Kelly Doepker (K) 22:37; 9. Alexis Decker (CG) 22:55; 10. Leah Myerholtz (CG) 23:36; 11. Megan Langhals (CG) 23:44; 12. Lindsay Malsam (CG) 23:51; 14. Elizabeth Luersman (OT) 23:55; 15. Becca Brinkman (K) 24:18; 16. Kristin Fortman (K) 24:28; 17. Candace Downing (CG) 24:28; 20. Gracyn Stechschulte (CG) 25:01; 21. Kayla Parlette (CG) 25:07; 22. Morgan Messer (CG) 25:16; 25. Linnea Stephens (CG) 25:36; 26. Macy McCluer (CG) 25:37; 28. Kristen Malsam (CG) 26:04; 29. Bailey Eickholt (CK) 26:08; 31. Liza Medvedeva (K) 26:46; 32. Mikki Smith (K) 26:50; 33. Brooke Schnipke (CG) 26:59; 34. Lindsay Langhals (CG) 27:27; 37. Micah Stechschulte (CG) 27:59; 39. Katelyn Kortokrax (K) 28:39; 40. Erica Honigfort (K) 28:50; 41. Julia Bogart (CG) 28:56; 42. Paige Wurth (K) 29:11; 45. Jade Zeller (K) 31:14; 47. Danica Basinger (K) 32:57; 49. Makenzie Wurth (CG) 38:26.