|LadyCats 2nd at own cross country invitational|
|Monday, October 01, 2012 1:20 PM|
By CHARLIE WARNIMONT
KALIDA – Kalida’s girls cross country had a strong showing at the Wildcats Invitational at the Kalida Fish and Game Club Saturday.
The Lady Wildcats had three of the top five finishers as they ran to a second-place finish overall in the girls varsity race.
They had 79 points as Ottawa-Glandorf won the team title with 68 points. Elida finished seventh in the nine full-team field with 161 points.
In the boys division, Kalida finished seventh with 187 points and Elida was 10th with 215 points. St. Marys won the boys team title with 51 points and O-G was second with 70 points.
Running on their home course on a cool but sunny morning, the Kalida girls made a run for the team title. Senior Jessica Doepker won the race in a time of 20:18. Doepker went to the front of the field early and pulled away from the rest of the runners as she won by 20 seconds over sophomore teammate Jackie Gardner as she finished in 20:38. Freshman Katelyn Siebeneck finished fifth in 21:07.
Katie Schmitz finished 33rd in 23:17 and Becca Brinkman finished 45th in 24:09 for the Wildcats.
“I was real proud of the girls today, they ran an excellent race for this point in the season,” Kalida coach Rob Schnippel said. “We had three finishers in the top five and our fourth and fifth runners came in very respectable. Jessica is getting back to being healthy and she is running very well. Jackie did a great job today and Katelyn is right up there and running very well.”
Tori Bowen led the Elida girls with an eighth-place finish in 21:28 and Aly Turrentine was 17th in 22:07. Kaiti Hinegardner was 44th in 24:05, Rachel Kerber was 58th in 26:13 and Hannah Malone was 59th in 26:13.
Megan Joseph finished 10th for St. John’s — who did not have enough harriers in either the girls or boys race for a team score — in 21:30. Anna Mueller finished 31st in 22:44 and Teresa Pohlman was 55th in 25:13.
Grant Zeller led the Kalida boys with a 10th-place finish in 18:08. Eric Warnecke finished 33rd in 19:23 and Jacob Dunn was 43rd in 20:10.
“The boys ran well,” Schnippel said. “They continue to get better each team and that is what we are looking for.”
Curtis Pohlman led the Blue Jays with an eighth-place finish in 18:05. Aaron Hellman finished 44th in 20:14 and Anthony Hale 66th (18:05).
“We ran really well today with two personal records and two others running their season-best times,” St. John’s coach Steve Hellman said. “We are in a stretch of three meets in six days, so this was a good start. Curtis keeps getting closer to his goal of getting under 18 minutes. Megan is starting to get back in shape after some time off due to injuries and had a very good race today.”
Gaerid Littler led Elida with a 29th-place finish in 19:12. Josh Bull finished 53rd in 20:39 and Eric Anthony finished 45th in 20:44.
Ottawa-Glandorf’s Matias Trampe-Kindt won the boys race in a time of 16:25.
Kalida runs in the Old Shoe Invitational at Ottawa at 4 p.m. Tuesday, while St. John’s and Elida are in the Allen County Invitational 4:30 p.m.