The battle for the top spots at the Coldwater Lions Cross Country Invitational involved the top runners from the area as Alek Bowersock (Lincolnview), Kyle Roth (Parkway), Karter Tow (Lincolnview) and Crestview’s Wyatt Richardson finished in the top 10 in the final high school boys standings. (DHI Media/Larry Heiing)
The battle for the top spots at the Coldwater Lions Cross Country Invitational involved the top runners from the area as Alek Bowersock (Lincolnview), Kyle Roth (Parkway), Karter Tow (Lincolnview) and Crestview’s Wyatt Richardson finished in the top 10 in the final high school boys standings. (DHI Media/Larry Heiing)

The 2018 cross country regular season neared the finish line at the Coldwater Lions Invitational held Saturday at Memorial Park and Cavalier Stadium. With conference and district meets on the horizon, area teams used the event as a tune-up for stretch run heading into conference and district meets.

Versailles won the girls varsity team title with 94 points edging their neighbors from Fort Loramie (110) by only 16 points. Host Coldwater (130) was third and Bradford (134). The Lincolnview Ladies settled for 5th place with 177 points and Delphos St. Johns (193) 7th.

Madison Langdon lead the Lady Lancers with a 8th place finish in the very talented field with a time of 21:21. Victoria Snyder landed in 23rd place at 22:17 along with Madeline Snyder (34th, 22:41) and Julia Stetler (38th, 22:49) in the top 50 of the 205 total runners.

Delphos St. John’s Jenia Freewalt (14th, 21:46:56) narrowly beat Ragen Harting (15th, 21:48:28) of Crestview to the finish with less than 2 seconds separating top performers from each school. Fellow Lady Knight Emily Greulach was nearby at 22:05 for 18th place. Lauren Walls (29th, 22:33), Lizzie Bowen (63rd, 23:50) and Adalynn Longstreth (120th, 26:26) rounded out the top 5 runners for Crestview.

Rachel Barrett was the lone lady in the top 50 for Parkway with a time of 22:23 for 26th.

Kambrynn Rohr rounded the Coldwater Memorial Park course in 22:28 for 28th place. Kitty Kopack (44th, 23:05) and Rylee Pohlman (46th, 23:10) placed in the Top 50 for St. Johns. Senior Caroline Kopack (69th, 24:06), Abby Shafer (96th, 25:13), Adara Fuerst (25:26) and Nicole Pohlman (30:10) also competed for St. Johns.

The girls race was a 4 person battle for most of the 5000 meter run until Olivia Borchers of Fort Loramie pulled away to win the Lion’s title in 20:09. Coldwater’s Haley Alig (20:15) was runner-up followed by Lily Cleaves (Shawnee, 20:47), Karmen Kneopp (Bradford, 20:48), and Kelsey Broering (Marion Local, 20:52).

The boys high school 5K run was also a battle with local flair as runners from area schools fought for spots in the top 10.

Jake Rethman made it a sweep for Fort Loramie in the high school individual titles easily winning the boys race in 16:36 over Minster’s Alex Albers (16:59). Lincolnview’s Alek Bowersock placed third with a time of 17:08 followed by Parkway’s Kyle Roth (17:15). Karter Tow became the second Lancer to cross the finish line inside Cavalier Stadium in 17:18 to finish in the 5th spot. Crestview’s Wyatt Richardson (17:40) placed 9th and Parkway’s Matt Gaerke (17:42) made the top 10 with a time of 17:42. Aaron Bruns (12th, 17:46), Blake Strickler (30th, 18:48), and Riley Samples (92nd, 20:45) rounded out the best placers for the Panthers.

Devon Bill (14th, 18:02) Collin Pucket (34th, 18:52), Joe Sadowski (38th, 19:02), Daegan Hatfield (48th, 19:23), and Jacob Keysor (51st, 19:25) scored for Lincolnview.

A pair of Crestview Knights finished back to back with Jacob Forweck (53rd, 19:28) and

Danil Lichtensteiger (54th, 19:30) crossing ahead of another Crestview duo Dayton Schuerman (69th, 19:55) and Brian Myers (70th, 19:56).

The freshman duo from Delphos St. John’s of Drew Palte (45th, 19:18) and Marcus Freewalt (46th, 19:20) also completed the muddy trail in consecutive order. Junior Noah Heiing (21:33), Zane Stevenson (27:52) and Kevin Pohlman (28:07) also participated for the Blue Jays.

Midwest Athletic Conference super power Minster won the boys team title with 64 points to defeat their State Route 66 rivals Fort Loramie (84). Lincolnview was a close third with 94 points followed by Shawnee (102), Parkway (131), Versailles (144), Crestview (233), Coldwater (237), St. Henry (249), and New Bremen (299).

The M.A.C. schools will be right back at Coldwater’s Memorial Park next Saturday for the conference championships and the other squads will be at their respective league meets.