Boys Cross Country: Tigers own own Classic

ATTICA – It’s a new year, but pretty much the same result.

Jason Willman captured the individual title and Seneca East’s first four runners finished in the top 15 Saturday as the defending Division III state champion Tigers powered past Columbian 66-100 for the Seneca East Tiger Classic crown.

Willman crossed the line in 15:46.19, Jared Stockmaster ran seventh (16:27.21), Wes Pipher claimed ninth (16:32); Carson Pipher took 13th (16:51.12) and Robby Schaffer clocked in 36th (18:04.68).

Columbian’s Brandon Gibson (15:48.11) and Tyler Lewis (16:13.82) crossed the line second and third.

Chris Gates added an 11th (16:41.15), Tyler Mesnard took 30th (17:55.29) and Adam Forrest finished 54th (18:31).

Hopewell-Loudon took seventh (211) in the 21-team event, Mohawk ended 17th (458) and New Riegel ended 21st (572).

Chet Swartzmiller’s 24th (17:40.78) paced H-L and Ryan Depinet ran 31st (17:56.94).

Mohawk’s Chris Koehler came in 70th (19:22.2) and Kevin Kozel claimed 85th (19:58.85).

Ethan Nye of New Riegel ended 98th (20:49.19) and Brandon Arbogast finished 108th (21:17.61).

Seneca East also captured second in the open race team standings by nipping H-L, 58-59. Willard won that title with 48 points.

Brady McWilliams ran fourth (18:57.48) for Seneca East. Garrick Manning (11th, 19:51.29), Elliott Hoepf (15th, 20:25.35), Gunner Wilson (19th, 20:57.41) and Alex Buckley (20th, 20:57.83) also contributed.

Hopewell-Loudon’s Bernie Somers clocked in third (18:52.58) and Garrett Hedrick ran sixth (19:25.53).

Columbian and Mohawk did not field full teams.

Columbian’s Kyler Lange finished as the runner-up (18:30.47) and Dathan Liming came in 53rd (22:42.9).

Wyatt Price’s 76th (23:55.53) led Mohawk.

Top-five runners key runner-up Blue Devils

NORTH ROBINSON – Two Carey runners finished in the top five Saturday to guide the Blue Devils to second at the Colonel Crawford Invitational.

Zach Logsdon (17:37.12) and Trevor Cook (17:37.46) crossed the line third and fourth to lead Carey. Evan Hyatt added a 19th (18:52.09) for the Blue Devils, Ben Kromer came in 22nd (19:04.47) and Uriel Garcia finished 29th (19:31.99).

The host Eagles held off Carey 64-74 for the team crown.

Upper Sandusky (141) ended sixth in the 12-team field and Buckeye Central (206) came in ninth.

Garrett Miller (17:39.15) and Dominic Solis (17:39.79) clocked in fifth and sixth for Upper Sandusky.

Buckeye Central got a 17th from Stone Wurm (18:34.73) and a 40th from Samuel Robertson (19:58.63).

Baker leads local charge

FREMONT – Lakota’s Luke Baker claimed 12th to lead area efforts Saturday at the Norm Bray Memorial Invitational Division II-III race.

Baker’s finish in 18:09.42 led the Raiders to ninth with 233 points. Caleb Tolento added a 41st (19:31.25).

Old Fort took sixth in the 15-team field with 182 points and Fostoria ended 11th (271).

Brad Bannister claimed 19th (18:27.65) for Old Fort and Tito Lopez ran 28th (19:00.95).

Alan Cross came in 42nd (19:32.04) for Fostoria and Peter Nunez took 45th (19:38.74).

Old Fort also had three runners compete in the open race. Dalton Miller took 87th (21:29.15), Josh Kaltenbach ended 112th (22:36.59) and Elijah Cleveland finished 125th (23:26.15).

SW seventh at Run to Fun

SANDUSKY – St. Wendelin finished seventh Saturday at the Sandusky St. Mary Run to Fun.

Liberty Center beat Hoban 24-67 for the team championship. St. Wendelin scored 186 points for seventh. Calvert also competed but did not field a full team.

The race was 3,200 meters, not the usual 5,000 in a high school meet.

Nick DeHaven led area runners by taking 14th (11:41.38) in the race. Greg Ricker added a 46th (12:33.95).

Connor Behm’s 23rd (11:53.31) and John Brodman’s 26th (11:54.86) keyed Calvert.