UPPER SANDUSKY - There was a lot of blue and gold at the head of the pack in Upper Sandusky Tuesday. Columbian runners claimed three of the top four spots in the boys race, distancing themselves from the competition at the Ice Breaker Invitational.
Two-tenths of a second was all that separated Columbian's Brandon Gibson (16:25.47) from teammate Tyler Lewis for the overall title. Chris Gates (17:02.35) added a fourth-place finish as the Tornadoes finished with 42 points to take the team title. Tyler Mesnard (18:23.16). added a 15th place finish
Columbus Grove beat out Oak Harbor 68-72 for second. Carey (140) and Upper Sandusky (167) rounded out the top five. Fostoria finished ninth out of 14 schools.
Carey had a pair finish in the top 15. Trevor Cook checked in with an 11th place finish (17:54.17) and Zach Logsdon crossed the line in 14th place (18:18.72).
The host Rams were paced by Dominic Solis' seventh place finish (17:37.85). Garrett Miller added a 13th place finish (18:09.05).
Fostoria was led by Alan Cross who came in 28th (19:22.71). Aquiles Estrada was right behind him in 29th (19:29.00).
TC, Carey have top girls at Ice Breaker
UPPER SANDUSKY - Only two area girls turned in top-20 efforts Tuesday at the Upper Sandusky Ice Breaker.
Columbian's Derra Cheatham led the locals by taking 17th (21:48.15), and Carey's Jaclyn Troiano came in 20th (21:58.47).
Columbian claimed third overall with 144 points. Upper Sandusky took 11th (256) and Carey came in 13th (283). Fostoria did not field a full team.
Cassandra Gooding added a 36th (22:56.05) to back up Cheatham for the Tornadoes.
The host Rams got a 32nd from Olivia Thomson (22:46.12) and a 61st from Makenzie Myers (24:47.62).
Kristina Nusbaum clocked in 69th (25:23.61) for Carey.
Fostoria's Taylor Keeley came in 113th (28:37.02) and Anastasia Gross ended 128th (29:53.98).
Stockaders turn in top-10 times
WILLARD - Three Old Fort girls and a boy finished in the top 10 Tuesday at the Willard Early Bird Invitational.
Kayla Garza captured third (22:40) for Old Fort's girls, Jackie Becker ran fourth (22:49) and Alexis Rhodes claimed fifth (24:16).
The Stockaders did not figure in the team standings after their fifth runner did not finish the race.
Old Fort's boys took third in their race with 73 points, led by Brad Bannister's fourth (18:38). Elliot Philimore added a 12th (19:32).