Garza wins Early Bird Invite, OF teams 3rd

WILLARD – Old Fort’s Kayla Garza needed just 21:51 to run the course at Willard Tuesday, finishing first in the girls race at the Early Bird Invitational.

Garza was one of three Stockaders to place in the top 10, and those finishes pushed Old Fort to third in the team standings.

The Stockaders finished with 54 points, four behind runner-up Willard. Norwalk won the event with 39 points. Five teams ran.

Gretta Kiessell finished sixth in 24:54 for the Stockaders. Teammate Alexis Rhodes placed right behind her (24:58).

Old Fort’s boys placed last in their three-team meet. Willard’s Brady Deaner won the race, helping the Flashes to the overall win with 20 points. Norwalk was second with 40 while the Stockaders had 77.

Old Fort was paced by Jacob Clark, who finished 15th in 20:44.

Columbian breaks the ice with 3 top 10s

UPPER SANDUSKY – Columbian’s boys had three runners earn top-10 finishes at the Upper Sandusky Icebreaker Invitational Tuesday. Kyler Lange took sixth for the Tornadoes in 17:32.44. Teammate Adam Forrest was right behind him, finishing seventh in 18:12.88. Jacob Anderson added a 10th in 18:29.47.

The Tornadoes finished fifth in the team standings with 127 points. Tanner Schreiner added a 25th in 19:12.62.

The top local finisher was Dominic Solis of the host Rams, who took fifth in 17:25.06. As a team, Upper Sandusky finished 13th.

Carey finished eighth in the 15-team event, powered by a 21st from Zach Logsdon (19:06.95) and a 24th from Tyler Leist (19:12.34).

Fostoria was 14th, led by Sam Grine’s 56th (20:27.7).

Austin Hallabrin of Mount Gilead won the race in 17:04.38. Bay took the team honors, powered by second and fourth place finishers.

Cheatham takes 4th at Icebreaker

UPPER SANDUSKY – Columbian’s Derra Cheatham topped all local efforts, and nearly everybody else Tuesday at the Upper Sandusky Icebreaker Invitational. Cheatham took fourth place, finishing in a time of 20:56.88.

Columbian also got a 12th from Amanda Schwartz (22:12.68) and a 25th from Cassandra Gooding (22:49.58) to earn fourth as a team with 118 points.

Carey finished 12th as a team, just ahead of host Upper Sandusky. Destiney DeFeo finished 18th for the Blue Devils (22:24.13) while Olivia Thomson finished 19th (22:37.12) to lead the Rams.

Stephanie Sherman of Notre Dame Academy won the race in 19:33 and the school also took the team honors.