Off and running: Grandstaff, Tow 1-2 at Blue Jay Invite
Lancers fall one point short of team title
Monday, August 25, 2014 12:00 AM
BY JOHN PARENT
Mycah Grandstaff approaches the finish line, winning the Blue Jay Invitational on Saturday morning. Crestview was fourth as a unit. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)
DHI Media Sports Editor
DELPHOS — Fourteen boys teams and 10 girls teams spent Saturday morning at Stadium Park in Delphos for what was the first cross-country competition of the regular season.
In the closest of races, New Bremen scored a 48-49 win over Lincolnview to claim first place in the boys division. Anna was third at 81 points with Crestview coming in fourth. Liberty Benton won the girls race, with New Bremen taking second and Pandora-Gilboa third. The Lady Lancers placed fourth.
“It was a very close race the entire time with New Bremen,” Lancer coach Matt Langdon noted. “They finished stronger than we did and that made the difference. They are a very good team and hopefully the next time we race them, we will be able to make the adjustments necessary.”
Langdon certainly had little to complain about from his Lancer boys. While Crestview’s Mycah Grandstaff won the event at 16:39.47, Lancer Bayley Tow was the race runner-up with a time of 16:55.92. Tow was followed by Alex Rodriguez (fifth, 17:46.07) and Trevor Neate (ninth, 18:07.55) in the top-10.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals placed two runners among the first 10 finishers, but also placed two harriers at numbers 12 and 13 and another at 16, just ahead of Lincolnview’s next finisher, Tracey West, who was 17th at 18:51.00. Colton Snyder ran to a 19th-place finish at 18:59.00. Senior Tyler Brant was 24th at 19:12.
“We had some good things happen today, but we also took a few steps back in some places,” Langdon conceded.
Crestview not only had the top overall male runner, but saw strong efforts from several members of the squad. Branden Clayton placed 18th overall with a time of 18:57 and Charles Thornburg ran to a 19:07 time and a 21st-place finish. Cody Mefferd came in at 19:54, good for 33rd overall and Adam Saylor finished four spots behind at 20:10.
St. John’s was led by Curtis Pohlman, was placed eighth at 18:03.79. Tanner Cook paced Wayne Trace to a 13th-place team effort by finishing his run in 20:08, which was good for 36th overall. Chance Elliott was 64th at 21:42 and Kolyn Hilkey at 22:01 was 68th for the Raiders.
The Lady Knights placed eighth in the 10-team field, with freshman Ashley Bowen finishing sixth overall at 21:40. Other scoring finishers for Crestview were Leslie Skleton 24th in 23:45, Hali Finfrock 50th in 25:58, Nevada Smith 68th in 27:34, and Meghan Sherman 69th in 27:56.
The Lady lancers were paced by a 14th-place effort by Anna Gorman, who completed the course in 21:22. Abbie Enyart followed closely behind, placing 17th at 22:38 for the Lancers. Freshman Alena Looser ran a strong race, coming in at number 22 overall in 23:41.
“It was a good start for our girls program. We only have 5 returners from last season, so they rest of the team is new to high school cross country,” Langdon noted. “We now need to learn what it takes to be competitive. For the most part, many of the girls we were just trying to survive the race today. Hopefully we can begin to change that moving forward.”
Breece Rohr was the highest-finishing Lady Jay, posting a time of 22:57, good for 20th-fastest overall. Wayne Trace was led by Shayna Temple at 25:09, which was 39th place.