Tow sets school mark as Lancers win at Grove Invitational
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 12:00 AM
BY JOHN PARENT
Lincolnview senior Bayley Tow ran to a new school record time of 16:10 at the Columbus Griove Invitational on Saturday. Tow was one of six Lancers that placed in the race’s top-25 finishers as Lincolnview won its second event of the season. (DHI Media/Charlie Warnimont)
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COLUMBUS GROVE — The Lincolnview boys cross country team continued its outstanding start to the 2014 season with a win in the grey (small school) division at the Columbus Grove Invitational on Saturday morning. The Lancers amassed just 65 points in the victory, placing six runners in the top-25 at the race.
Though he didn’t win the individual race, placing second to Antwerp’s Sam Williamson, Lancer senior Bayley Tow broke the school record with a remarkable time of 16:10.3. The previous record was held by Jeff Snyder.
“Bayley had an amazing race, setting the school record,” Lincolnview coach Matt Langdon said. “He has worked unbelievably hard for this, and I’m very proud of him.”
Of course, it wasn’t all Tow for the Lancers. Alex Rodriguez placed tenth at 17:22, followed by Trevor Neate (16th, 17:36), Tracey West (18th, 17:43), Tyler Brant (19th, 17:44 and Colton Snyder (24th, 17:54).
“Today was fun to watch. The boys really attacked the second half of the course,” Langdon remarked. “They found each other during the race and were able to create a nice pack towards the front of the race.”
Columbus Grove placed second overall in the grey division, scoring 96 points. Minster was third with 102. Each of the top-three schools were ranked in the latest OATCCC poll in Division III.
Crestview, without the services of Mycah Grandstaff, placed a very respectable ninth in the 21-team field.
The Knights saw strong efforts from several runners. Senior Branden Clayton topped Crestview with a time of 18:05, good for 30th overall. Charles Thornburg raced home in 44th position at 18:23 and Zach Jellison placed 65th at 18:55.
Adam Saylor’s 19:24 time was good for 76th overall and Caleb Bagley was 104th in the field of 162 harriers with a time of 20:09.
On the girls side, Crestview placed 13th in the 15-team field that saw Minster place three in the top-five to cruise to victory. Lincolnview placed tenth in the girls race.
The headliner of area girls was Crestview freshman Ashley Bowen, who was sixth in the 164-girl field with an overall time of 20:25. Bowen’s time is eighth-fastest in Crestview history.
Also marking a career-best time on Saturday was Lincolnview sophomore Abbie Enyart, who placed 22nd at 21:44. Teammate Anna Gorman was 29th at 22:10, and Alena Looser ran to a 23:32 time, 60th overall.
“Abbie did a nice job today of leading and setting the pace from the front of the team,” Langdon added. “The girls are slowly making improvements. We need to get a little more toughness out of our four through seven positions and close the gap if we are going to have any team success. It’s a process. As long as we are improving, then we are going to be okay.”
Crestview’s Leslie Skelton was the second Lady Knight to cross the finish line, coming home in 23:41, good for 62nd overall. Hali Finfrock was 76th at 24:08 and Nevada Smith ran a time of 26:04, good for 112th.
Trinity Welch (79th, 24:14) and Olivia Gorman (103rd, 25:36) finished the Lancer scoring.