By JIM METCALFE
DHI Media Sports Editor
DELPHOS — Lincolnview senior Bayley Tow led the Lancer boys cross country unit to a second-place finish in the season-opening 14-team St. John’s Invitational on a warm and humid Saturday morning at Stadium Park.
Tow was second overall (16:55.92) and teammate Alex Rodriguez fifth (17:46.07).
“We’re actually disappointed in the outcome today. We had a chance to win it when you consider we had three boys in the top 10,” Lincolnview head coach Matt Langdon explained. “We had too much distance between our third guy and those that followed. Where we hurt ourselves was getting passed at the 4-6 spots by either New Bremen guys or someone else; you cannot beat a good team like Bremen doing that. Those are costly points we didn’t get; I don’t feel we finished well. We’ll take this as a lesson about running hard the entire way and not letting up at the end.”
Crestview was fourth, with the overall individual winner being Mycah Grandstaff (16:39.47) and Branden Clayton was 18th (18:57).
“Mycah ran very well. He had a good race for the opener with Tow, Rigg from LCC and the New Bremen guys,” Crestview coach Mark Bagley explained. “It wasn’t just Mycah, either. I thought all the boys competed well. I like this meet so early; it’s good competition right off the bat. It’s tough to run it so early but St. John’s does a great job with it.”
Kalida, which finished sixth, had its top two finishers being Adam von der Embse, 25th (19:23) and Grant Zeller, 28th (19:38).
Robert Modic led Spencerville’s 10th-place ending with a 29-place finish (19:39) and Ed Smith’s 46th (20:39).
Ottoville was 11th behind Cody Kemper’s 43rd-place finish (20:27.62) and the 44th of Eric Von Sossan (20:30).