The Pettisville girls cross country team finished second in the Gold Division race at the Ottawa-Glandorf Blue/ Gold Invitational, Saturday, Sept. 13.
The Blackbirds finished with 94 points. St. Henry won with 58 points.
Holgate was third with 102.
Eleven teams and 103 runners ran the race.
Alexa Leppelmeier was the first Blackbird across the finish line. She placed sixth in 20 minutes, 50.4 seconds.
Nichole Foor also finished in the top 10. She was eighth in 21:06.7.
Elizabeth Miller was 23rd in 22:00.6; Sarah Herring was 32nd in 22:25.6; and Natalie Hoffmire was 45th in 24:56.6.
Holgate’s Gabbi Willett won in 19:30.3.
Other PHS runners, their places and times: 47. Krystine Davis 24:59.3; 54. Grace Friend 25:29.2; 56. Hannah Herring 25:33.2; 66. Jaelyn Rufenacht 26:28.5; 67. Andrea Aeschliman 26:28.5; 89. Gretchen Lee 29:17.7; 90. Kendi Nofziger 29:34.3.
“I wasn’t looking for any personal records today, as we had one our toughest workouts of the year this past week,” said Tom Wagner, PHS head coach.
“It was a beautiful day and I thought we turned in some very nice performances.
“Our girls team was runner up in their race. Elizabeth Sauder, one of our top runners, was out with a sore hip.
“Our other runners took it up a notch and ran a very nice race for the team.”
Sixteen teams and 156 runners ran in the Boys Gold Division race.
Lincolnview won with 40 points, as its first five runners finished in the top 13.
St. Henry was second with 55. Crestview was third with 113.
Pettisville took sixth with 165.
Kyle Lantz was the first Blackbird in the chute. He placed sixth in 17:04.8.
Jacob Hauter was 14th in 17:50.7. Nathan Siller was 45th in 19:06.1, and Ben Gray was 47th in 19:16.0.
Evan Rufenacht was 68th in 19:54.7.
Crestview’s Mycah Grandstaff won in 16:25.3.
Other PHS runners, their places and times: 70. Evan Warner 20:02.3; 146. Clay Waidelich 25:01.0; 150. Seth Brakefield 25:41.1.
The Blue Streak boys team finished fifth in the Blue Division race with 207 points.
Van Wert defended its title, winning with 45 points. Its top five runners finished in the top 17.
Fairview was second with 110, and Wauseon took third with 132.
Eighteen teams and 177 runners competed in the race.
Logan Garrow was the first Blue Streak to finish, placing fifth in 17:30.8.
Matt Kinsman was 18th in 17:57.2, and Bryson Taylor was 37th in 18:50.3. Adam Kinsman finished 74th in 19:47.4, while Brandon Bryan was 90th in 20:13.1.
Wauseon’s Quintin Reiser won in 16:34.1.
Other AHS runners, their places and times: 101. Mike Short 20:25.9; 114. Lathon Babcock 20:49.8; 172. Eli Wyse 27:09.3.
Archbold finished seventh in the Girls Blue Division race with 175 points.
Thirteen teams and 142 runners competed.
Van Wert won with 69 points. The first five Van Wert runners finished in the top 19.
Eastwood was second with 82, and Bryan was third with 86.
Demetria Martinez was the first Blue Streak into the chute, finishing 22nd in 22:04.7.
Emily Roth was 37th in 22:41.2, and Kamryn Hostetler was 40th in 22:48.8. Jensyn Garrow followed Hostetler into the chute, finishing 41st in 22:50.3.
Elizabeth Schmucker was the final scoring runner for AHS, finishing 59th in 24:03.5.
Lima Central Catholics’ Emily Streenan won in 19:09.9.
Other AHS runners, their places and times: 65. Maura Riley 24:22.2; 71. Taylor DeWolfe 24:37.9; 80. Anna Schoenhals 25:08.3; 98. Rosalyn Flores 26:49.3; 107. Neila Kinsman 27:19.0; 117. Cassi Wyse 28:24.6; 120. Caitlin Flickinger 28:44.2; 121. Ashton Johns 28:44.4.
“Both boys and girls ran great at OG,” said Rachel Kinsman, AHS head coach.
“It is a very competitive meet with a lot of good teams, and our kids stepped it up and raced.
“We had lots of season bests, and that is what we are looking for, getting better each week.
“They are getting up early and working hard and their times are dropping.”