TC girls have historic day at Carnival

PHOTOS BY STEVE WILLIAMS Clyde’s Jessica Middleton (2156) runs in the Division II-A race at the Cross Country Carnival at Hedges-Boyer Park Saturday.

Heading into the Tiffin Cross Country Carnival Saturday at Hedges-Boyer Park, Columbian girls coach Mark Ingalls was confident in his team and wanted them to give everything they had.

The team did … and it resulted in a third-place finish in the Division I-B race, the highest place Columbian has ever earned at the Carnival, Ingalls said.

“It’s a special day. We have alumni here watching and it’s just a good day for everybody,” Ingalls said. “For the last 48 hours it’s been focused and it showed. These kids lead. My junior class is tremendous and they just work so well together.”

Columbian’s motto this season is “Souled Out” which means to give everything they have and do whatever it takes.

The Tornadoes did just that finishing with 116 points, beating out Perkins with 135. Hathaway Brown won the race with 35 points, while Bellevue was seventh (219), Hopewell-Loudon was 12th (358), Upper Sandusky placed 14th (401) and Fostoria finished 28th (780).

For TC, Mia Ingalls led the way in third (20:31.4), while Caleigh Aigler added a sixth (20:41.8), Serena Ingalls took 21st (21:38.5), Annalyce Bowles placed 38th (22:06.1) and Jocelyn Hardina (22:35.1) finished a spot ahead of teammate Madison Grabert (22:37.9) in 48th.

“Going down that first hill was absolutely terrifying because, like, three girls fell (due to wet conditions) right in front of me and I was, like, ‘Oh, crap, I’m gonna totally fall down this hill,'” Mia Ingalls said. “The finish is always horrible. You can just see the finish and you still have 800 meters left, but we finished and finished well. I’m really proud of our team.”

For a freshman, Aigler said she was really happy with how her race went and getting the big-time race experience.

“I started out a lot faster than usual, which was kind of nerve-wracking because I didn’t know I could keep up that pace,” she said. “Those hills were pretty awful because they were super slick. I thought it was like glass. When you stepped down it looked like glass.

“At the end, I just told myself that I had to stay in it because I wanted a trophy. I was pretty proud of myself finishing this high as a freshman.”

Madelyn Verhoff led Bellevue in fifth (20:40.6). The Lady Red also got a 43rd from Rylee Bollenbacher (22:19.7), a 51st from Lilli Ray (22:43.5), a 56th by Vanessa Shanaman (22:52.7) and a 64th from Jamie Vogel (23:05.4).

“The girls had a lot of rain to deal with this morning, which was challenging for them, but I thought they handled it pretty well,” Bellevue coach Lee Booze said. “I thought we had a pretty good day. Not necessarily the day we are always looking for, but a solid day.

“There was good competition. It’s a big meet, a fun meet, but we always look at where we are with our league schools or the district schools we’ll see later. We have a little work to do to catch Columbian and Perkins, but that’s what makes you go back to practice and work harder.”

Taylor Leiter led Hopewell-Loudon in 35th (22:04.1), while Corrin Hoover backed her in 66th (23:06.6), Renae Kapelka finished 69th (23:14.2), Ashley Brickner placed 86th (23:39.9) and Taylor Joseph crossed the finish line in 102nd (24:02.7).

Upper Sandusky got a 41st from Gracie Manns (22:15.9) and a 44th from Maya Collins (22:23.5), while Fostoria’s Macey sheets was 96th (23:46.7) and Hallie O’Neil finished 99th (23:52.0).

Columbian was also third in the Division II-III Open, edging Bellevue 84-88. Bay won with 50 points. Senecas East finished 18th (428) and H-L ended 20th (500).

TC’s Emily Hagerty (22:58.6) and Tatiyana Dines (23:03.2) finished 18th and 19th, respectively. Ali Woessner was 31st (23:57.7), Samantha Kimmet added a 43rd (24:18.5) and Kaitlyn Keefe finished 47th (24:21.9).

“It’s exciting. All week long it’s been all about raising the bar and seeing what we can do next,” Mark Ingalls said. “We’ll have a good time today and we have a birthday party for one of our runners, so we’ll celebrate, but it’s back to work on Monday.”

Bellevue’s Lindsey Spurlock put her work in Saturday with a third-place finish in 21:10.5.

“We knew it was going to be slippery when we down that first hill because it was just a mud pit everywhere,” Spurlock said. “They tried to lay mulch down in the back. It helped a little bit, but it was pretty slick. It’s crazy to think that there was 300 or so girls behind me when I went down it. But it was fun.

“I was just going for my time this morning and I was right around where I wanted to be for these conditions so we can start focusing on what we need to to be successful later in our season like in years past.”

Kaity Fought added a 36th (24:05.1) for the Lady Red.

Savannah Thompson led Seneca East in 50th (24:24.4), while Jamie Guhn was 123rd (26:20.8). Hopewell-Loudon Kenzie Coleman was 138th (26:40.6) for H-L. It also got a 160th from Riley Suter (27:12.3).

Calvert’s Kassidy Reynolds crossed the finish line in 30th (23:55.9), while Ashley Felter was 60th (24:44.7), Sarah McCarty added a 113th (26:13.1) and Megan McClellan ended in 129th (26:25.7).

In the girl’s Division III race, there were 357 runners and 54 teams with Minster taking the title with 53 points. Seneca East finished 19th (589), while Lakota was 37th (974), Mohawk was 42nd (1,060), Old Fort placed 48th (1,133), Buckeye Central was right behind the Stockaders in 49th (1,194) and New Riegel came in 54th (1,445).

Freshman Amelia Boes led the way for Seneca East in 59th (21:31.7), while Kennedy Beard added a 74th (21:52.0). Returning state qualifier Reilly Cozette finished 28th (20:32.1) for Lakota. It also got a 137th from Julia Baker (23:02.2). Mohawk’s Madison Fredritz placed 101st in 22:26.1 and Maggie Wisda came in 124th (22:51.9). Old Fort’s top runners were Kristen Baker in 169th (23:25.6) and Alyson Pence in 207th (24:08.9). Kyleigh Brown led the Bucks in 186th (23:43.6). Taylor Ratliff added a 189th (23:49.2) and New Riegel’s top two were Grace Clouse (250th, 24:59.9) and Sydney Clouse (276th, 25:50.8).

Lexington took the Division II-A race with 65 points. Clyde was the lone area team in the race as it finished 16th (442).

For the Fliers, Jessica Middleton was 51st (21:05.9), Marissa Stockmaster placed 64th (21:26.4), Daniella Ruiz ended 97th (22:58.7), Makayla Warner added a 114th (24:22.4) and Macey Sanchez finished 132nd (25:12.1).