Tiffin provides great challenge for area runners

If area coaches want to challenge their runners, the recent Tiffin Cross Country Carnival is a wonderful place to do so.

With a number of different races, featuring some of the finest talent from all over Ohio attending, Tiffin is a great measuring stick to find out where teams and individuals are, and where they want to get to in facing off with some incredible talent.

The boys Smithville Smithies team found out it was very close to where it wants to be, the Smithies parlaying several excellent finishes into a second place team finish overall.

In the highly competitive Boys Div. III-A meet, Smithville tallied 215 points, trailing only champion Fort Loramie’s 152 points, and well ahead of third-place Carey’s 295 points.

Leading the way was a trio of juniors who have looked extremely good in the early going this fall. Joey Coudriet ground out a fourth place finish in 16:31, fending off a pair of challengers in the final homestretch. Teammate Lucas Clark cruised home in 13th place in 16:47, while their classmate Justin McKeal ended up 18th in 17:01. Also placing well in the field of 304 runners were sophomore Noah Navratil (82md/18:18), Max Honreck (101st/18:25) and Braden Young (102nd/1826).

Garaway’s boys placed a solid 19th in a field of 44 teams, getting a 58th place finish from senior Nathan Wicker, who strode home in 17:50.

Sophomore Julian Shrock fared well too, placing 86th out of the 304-man field in 18:17, while freshman teammate Noah Wentworth finished 97th in 18:22. Junior Collin Hochstetler also ran well for the Pirates, earning 139 in 19:00.

In the Girls Div. III Varsity race, Garaway took home 16th place in a field of 53 teams. The Lady P’s were led by Ariel Wentworth, who fought her way to 11th-place overall in a time of 19:54. Jocelyn Miller was 46th in 221:11, while Lindsey Goehring placed 63rd in 21:39. Claudia Miller ended up 142nd in 23:03.

The Smithville girls placed 32nd on the day, led by Emily Daniels’ 11th place finish in 22:27. Following her were sophomore teammates Kate Larson (118th/23:39) and Alyssa Erb (197th/24:00) as runners waded through a large field of 373 runners.

In the Girls Div. II/III Open run, Smithville’s Kenzie Brookover upped her game, placing 20th in 23:39 in a field of 393 runners.

In that same race, West Holmes’ Kaylor Perone paced 81st in 25:12 to lead the Lady Knights. She was followed by teammate Megan Morrison (119th/25:51). Garaway’s Summer Miller finished 84th in 25:14.

West Holmes head coach Kevin Beachy had his team step up into the world of Div I Varsity racing, and senior Michelle Hostettler seemed none the worse for ware. The All-Ohioan ran an 18:49, good enough to forge a seventh place finish in a field of 210 runners. The winning time came form Brunswick’s Felicia Pasadyn ,who ran an 18:26. Teammates Erin Norman (197th/24:05), Morgan Allen (203rd/25:25) and Becca Kashuba (204th/26:23) also competed in the big race.

The West Holmes boys competed as a team in the Div. II Varsity race, and placed 40th out of 53 teams. Out of the 359 runner field, senior Vinny DeFelice earned 75th place in 18:05. He was joined by Ethan Raber (221th/19:39), Jonathan Kandel (237th/20:06) and Jackson Iamarino (240th/20:10).

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