Lancers take title at WT Invite
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:00 AM
DHI Media Staff Report
GROVER HILL — Lincolnview’s boys cross country team continued a strong start to the 2014 season, taking home the team title at the 14-team Wayne Trace Invitational on Tuesday night.
The Lancers, who fell one point short of a title at Delphos on Saturday, were challenged by head coach Matt Langdon to finish stronger as individuals. Lincolnview’s boys answered the call, with senior Bayley Tow winning the individual race in a time 16:37. Alex Rodriguez placed third at 17:18 with Trevor Neate (8th) and Colton Snyder (10th) giving the Lancers four of the top-10 finishers.
Lincolnview made it six in the top-14 as Tyler Brant came in 13th and Tracey West followed one spot later.
“Bayley and Alex really looked good tonight and attacked the course. It was fun to watch,” Langdon noted. “We fixed some of the things that we did not do well last Saturday. I was very proud of how the boys responded to me challenging them. This was a definite step forward and something to build on.”
Wayne Trace placed 13th as a squad in the boys race, with Tanner Cook the fastest Raider. He placed 43rd overall, running in 20:08. Curtis Pohlman was 12th for St. John’s. The Blue Jays didn’t have enough harriers for a team score.
The Lady Lancers placed sixth at the meet, narrowly missing a team trophy. Anna Gorman was once again the Lancer pace-setter, coming in tenth overall. Abbie Enyart followed at 15th and Alena Looser placed 23rd. Olivia Gorman placed 46th for Lincolnview and Trinity Welch was 49th.
“The girls missed their goal tonight of taking home a team trophy, but we are least learning what it means to be competitive,” Langdon continued. “We did some good things tonight. We just have to stay focused on improving each time that we race.”
Breece Rohr paced St. John’s in the girls race, coming home eighth at 22:06. Hollie Wannemacher was the highest-finishing Lady Raider at 12th, her time was 22:15. Neither school had a team score in the girls race.