BETTSVILLE - At the Bettsville Booster Invitational at H.P. Eells Park, no Bobcats took to the course in the boys race, but the day still belonged to the cats.
Seneca East grabbed the top three spots as the Tigers held off the Bulldogs of Columbus Grove 40-60 for the team title. Jared Stockmaster crossed the line first in 15:52.75 with Carson Pipher and Wes Pipher close behind. Carson grabbed second in 16:42.73 and Wes took third in 16:44.87.
Michael Szabo (14th, 17:56.13) and Robby Schaffer (20th 18:09.16) rounded out the Tiger placers.
Upper Sandusky's Dominic Solis (16:48.56) beat out Carey's Trevor Cook (16:48.9) for fourth place and the Rams added a eighth place finish from Garrett Miller (17:29.23).
But it was the Blue Devils taking third in the team standings and the Rams fifth. Elmwood was sandwiched in between the two in fourth.
Carey got a 12th place showing from Zach Logsdon (17:41.20) and an 18th-place finish from Evan Hyatt (18:02.95) to bolster its team effort.
St. Wendelin's Nick DeHaven finished ninth overall (17:38.62), but the Mohawks still ended eighth in the 11-team event.
New Riegel took 10th as a team. Caleb Welly led the Blue Jackets with a 37th place finish (19:18.88).
Three is a magic number
BETTSVILLE - Upper Sandusky's Olivia Thomson took third to lead local efforts while St. Wendelin was third in the team standings. Thomson finished in 20:49.19, a few seconds ahead of Carey's Jaclyn Troiano (20:56.59) who came in fourth.
St. Wendelin was led by Sara Goddard's ninth-place effort (21:47.6). Victoria Volpe (12th, 22:11.95) and Jocelyn Reinhart (17th, 22:40.96) added top-20 finishes for the Mohawks. Karin Goddard (26th) 23:01.39) and Lauren Myers (23:34.2) rounded out St. Wendelin's scorers.
Carey got three more top 30 finishes from Amber Spurlock (19th, 22:45.7), Allison Keller (21st, 22:48.9) and Kristina Nusbaum (28th, 23:07.78) to finish fifth as a team.
Upper Sandusky got a 29th from Mary McCaleb (23:12.87) and a 31st from Mackenzie Myers (23:16.29). and finished eighth as a team.
New Riegel finished 10th, led by Morgan Nye's 18th place showing (22:44.91).
Seneca East did not field a full team. The top runner for the Tigers was Alyssa England, who finished 54th (24:24.19).
Blissfield beat out Elmwood 72-93 for the team title led by overall winner Keelie Cairo (20:23.54).
Calvert's Smith tops at BC Invite
NEW WASHINGTON - Olivia Smith can add another award to an already impressive collection she has amassed during her high school career. The Calvert senior held off Northmor's Isabelle Ditullio for first place at the Buckeye Central Invitational Saturday. Smith finished in a time of 20:53.88.
Plymouth beat out Bucyrus 65-77 for the team title. Calvert finished sixth.
Morgan Smith added a 14th place finish for Calvert, finishing in 22:14.29. Corinne Harris took 31st (23:12.21), Sydney Berlekamp finished 35th (23:18.92) and Kate Brickner finished 68th (25:54.42).
The host Bucks took 10th in the team standings. Lizbeth Figeuroa led them with a 29th place finish (23:03.95).
On the boys side, Buckeye Central's Stone Wurm crossed the line 20th (18:22.96) to top local efforts. John Brodman led Calvert finishing 21st (18:25.56). Ren Boehler added a 37st for Calvert (19:14.96).
Chieftain boys third at Vermillion
VERMILLION - Chet Swartzmiller crossed the line ninth to lead the Hopewell-Loudon boys to a third-place finish out of 21 teams in the varsity race at the Vermilion Invitational.
Amherst Steele beat out Willard 84-94 for first.
Swartzmiller finished in 17:36.06. Ryan Depinet finished 17th (18:00.73), Dylan Napier was 26th (18:17.18), Marcus Ardner was 30th (18:26.95) and Patric Gase finished 32nd (18:28.25) to round out the Hopewell-Loudon scorers.
The Chieftains also had three of the top five finishers in the open race. Nick Scaife took second (19:08.17) with Drew Kurtz right behind him in third (19:14.77). Charlie Dell came in fifth (19:27.87).
On the girls side, Leah Reinhart took 30th to lead Hopewell-Loudon (22:48.04). Also, Keely Hoover took 38th (23:12.72), Lizzie Erlanger was 41st (23:16.29), Lauren Shaver finished 47th (23:53.24) and Morgan Brant finished 55th (24:33.04).
Bellevue claims Rider Invitational
COLLINS -Bellevue's Michaela Fox and Madison Scagnetti each had top 10 finishes, leading the Redmen to a first-place finish at the John Speer "Rider" Invitational, hosted by Western Reserve.
Fox finished third in 20:16, while Scagnetti paced behind her in 20:19.
The Redmen had 40 points, while Mohawk placed fourth in the nine-team event with 86 points. The Warriors' Shauna Leeth was her school's top finisher, placing eighth in 20:47. Her teammate, McKenzie Richardson, finished 10th in 20:56.
Keystone's Shannon Wargo won the race in 19:57.
Old Fort's Kayla Garza won the open race in 21:15.
Bellevue second, Old Fort fourth in Collins
COLLINS - Bellevue's Austin Guthrie and Cory Huddleston finished second and third, respectively, at the John Speer "Rider" Invitational Saturday, helping their team to a second-place finish.
New London, which won the meet with 33 points, had the top overall finisher, Alex Copley (16:50). New London had 33 points. Bellevue finished with 71. Guthrie finished in 17:04, while Huddleston finished in 17:07.
Old Fort, which finished fourth (98), was led by Brad Bannister, who took ninth in 17:32. Mohawk's Chris Koehler ran in 18:17, 21st overall. The Warriors finished seventh in the 11 team event.