New Haven swept both Class 1 District 2 cross country titles Saturday in Bowling Green.
“All of my runners ran very smart races getting into position and then in the second loop moving up,” New Haven Head Coach John Tucker said. “Almost all of them were able to get into the top 15 and earn all-district honors. Both teams also did a good job of outscoring the other teams with 29 points between the girls and Calvary Lutheran and 55 between the boys and Clopton. Saturday was a positive step toward our state goals. Both teams ran focused and determined.”
Both teams qualified to run as groups in the MSHSAA Class 1 state meet in Jefferson City. The New Haven boys will run at 9:35 a.m. while the girls will run at 10:45 a.m. Awards are scheduled for 11:15 a.m.
“Both teams looked strong on Saturday,” Tucker said. “We did the little things well like warming up and taking advantage of the opportunities that the course featured. We were at the Pike County Fairgrounds for the fourth year and are fairly familiar with it. It is a double loop and for the most part flat with a small hill you do twice. After some of the courses we have raced on this season it lacked serious hills but gave us the opportunity to work on fast racing and getting season-best times.”
The New Haven girls won their race with 25 points with Calvary Lutheran taking second at 54. Clopton was third at 75 points while Wellsville (81) and Marion County (115) rounded out the team standings.
On the boys side, New Haven breezed to the title with 21 points. Clopton was second at 76 with Van-Far scoring 81 points to finish third.
Rounding out the standings were Calvary Lutheran (96), Wellsville (114) and Marion County (136).
New Haven also had both individual champions. Freshman Emma McIntyre won the girls race with a time of 21:11.81.
Junior Joseph Rethemeyer won the boys race in 17:05.51.
New Haven’s girls placed six of their seven runners in the top 11. The boys had all seven runners in the top 16.
On the girls side, sophomore Kayla Brumels was fourth in 22:11.21.
Sophomore Grace Allgaier placed seventh in 22:19.34. Senior Abby Grater was eighth at 22:37.62.
Freshman Caroline Otten led the next pair, taking 10th in 22:58.36. Junior Lydia Lagemann was 11th in 23:11.74.
Senior Natalie Hoerstkamp placed 45th in 31.20.24.
Following Rethemeyer on the boys side was senior Nathan Ford, who placed third in 17:17.20.
Juniors Tim Madden and Martin Lewis were sixth and seventh, respectively. Madden posted a time of 17:39.41 while Martin finished in 17:54.49.
Sophomore Dominic Lewis ran 11th in 18:42.06, sophomore Austin Tegeler was 12th in 18:54.46 and senior Dalton Gerdes ran 16th in 19:18.64.
The top 15 in each race as well as the top two teams qualified for the state meet. The Fulton School of St. Albans advanced two boys.
On the boys side, Senior Elliott Voelkel finished fourth in 17:30.36.
Freshman Jace Cavness qualified by placing 10th in 18:38.
The other Fulton School boy was freshman Thomas Doyle, who placed 24th in 20:08.23.
On the girls side, sophomore Elena Ritchey ran 41st in 28:32.33.