Owensville swept both team titles Saturday at the annual New Haven Cross Country Invitational.
The Owensville boys captured the team title by four points over Tolton Catholic, 81-85.
New Haven was third and was the only other team to end with less than 100 points. The Shamrocks scored 92 points.
Rounding out the varsity boys team standings were Hermann (101), St. Francis Borgia Regional (123), Dickson, County, Tenn. (161), Linn (165), New Bloomfield (184), Calvary Lutheran (235), Union (242), Montgomery County (278), St. Dominic (295), Lighthouse Prep (339) and Winfield (396).
In the girls race, Owensville dominated with 37 points.
St. Dominic played second at 94 with New Haven taking third with 109 points. Tolton Catholic (111) and Borgia (158) rounded out the top five.
Linn was sixth with 166 points. The rest of the teams were Union (170), Hermann (185), Dickson County (208), Calvary Lutheran (226), Montgomery County (255) and Lighthouse Prep (294).
New Haven Head Coach John Tucker said the weather hindered the runners.
“It was a very hot and humid day and this really showed as the runners were crossing the finish line,” Tucker said. “I feel that we had more athletes showing the effects of dehydration than we ever have. Thankfully no one was so severe that we had to call EMS but there were plenty of kids with ice packs on their necks and bodies and many complaining of leg cramps due to dehydration.”
Tucker was pleased with how his runners competed.
“Both the girls and boys varsity teams competed very well against some very strong teams and teams that we will see at the district meet,” Tucker said. “Both teams finished third with the girls beating all our district competition and the boys just behind Father Tolton. We are certainly not as prepared as we will be come the end of October but it was nice to see that we can compete with strong schools that are our size or bigger. I was also very happy with how my runners ran smart races i.e. not going out too fast and using the downhills to pass and recover. We certainly have an advantage because it is the course we train on but only if we run a smart race and not let the competition dictate the pace.”
New Haven’s Joseph Rethemeyer fought through the pack to win the individual title with a time of 17:34.77, just over 17 seconds in front of Dickson County’s Jacob Hatcher (17:51.87.
Tolton Catholic’s Nathan Forck was third in 18:04.11. Hermann’s Dalton Gleeson was next at 18:06.85 while Cole Stephens of Linn rounded out the top five at 18:09.26.
The next five consisted of New Bloomfield’s Caleb Distler at 18:12.11, Calvary Lutheran’s Grant Going at 18:28.15, Owensville’s Bam Wizeman at 18:29.13, Borgia’s Grant Straatmann at 18:33.39 and Owensville’s Paul Tyree at 18:36.57.
“I was happy for Grant to get a medal even though he was disappointed with his time and place,” Borgia Head Coach Mitch Figas said.
Martin Lewis of New Haven was 11th in 18:37.90. The other Shamrocks were Dominic Lewis (2nd in 19:10.19), Logan Williams (35th in 20:16.15), Austin Tegeler (40th in 20:25.16) and Hunter Tallent (48th in 20:41.39).
Other Borgia runners were Ben Juengling (16th in 18:59.18), Scott Bolastia (21st in 19:09.64), Nicholas Weber (36th in 20:18.93), Drew Snider (43rd in 20:28.30) and Tony Willenbrink (46th in 20:32.94).
“The boys performance was a little more discouraging,” Figas said. “We return all but one from last year’s squad that won conference and district championships, so it was a little surprising that we ran that poorly. This makes two cross country races in a row now (state 2017 and New Haven) where we haven’t run close to our expectations. Hopefully, we can step it up in training and in our mental preparation and get back to the level we think we should be racing.”
Union’s runners were Matthew Reidel (20th in 19:08.68), Dominick Beine (33rd in 20:05.02), Kadin Renn (54th in 21:05.51), Collin Gerdel (72nd in 22:46.91) and Hayden Monroe (73rd in 23:02.84).
The Fulton School of St. Albans had four runners. Jace Cavness led the way, placing 34th in 20:08.95. The other three were Thomas Doyle (71st in 22:31.59), Matthew Duff (77th in 23:25.34) and Max Hahn (79th in 23:33.02).
Unlike the boys race, the girls had no subvarsity race, so there were unlimited entries.
Owensville was led by the top two finishers, Sophia Ashner in 20:57.06 and Kendra Hults in 21:47.78.
Rounding out the top five were Dickson County’s Allie Potter in 21:52.81, Calvary Lutheran’s Emma Homfeldt in 22:14.82 and St. Dominic’s Jessica Bodmer in 22:27.66.
Clara Scheible of Hermann was sixth in 22:37.92 Emma McIntyre of New Haven took seventh in 22:41.51.
Owensville had the next two finishers in Katherine Candrl (22:44.93) and Mekayla Gibson (22:54.80).
Union’s Ella Coppinger was 10th in 22:57.82.
New Haven’s Julia McIntyre was 11th in 22:59.67.
The rest of the New Haven runners were Caroline Otten (22nd in 23:58.19), Kayla Brumels (32nd in 4:42.11), Chloe Grater (38th in 25:21.29), Lauralie Grater (51st in 26:01.96), Emily Delgado (52nd in 26:06.90), Hannah Borcherding (61st in 27:19.78), Ashlynn Beckmann (82nd in 29:17.94) and Cecelia Malone (108th in 38:13.15).
Borgia was led by Sarah Matt, who placed 14th in 23:07.93.
Following her for the Lady Knights were Gretchen Overman (21st in 23:56.43), Ainsley Virtudazo (44th in 25:38.76), Callyn Weber (45th in 25:39.11) and Lauren Dickhut (47th in 25:44.29) in the top five.
Next were Hannah Menges (69th in 28:06.55), Alexa Weber (28:22.12), Margaret Dulaney (73rd in 28:33.36), Olivia Bleckman (81st in 29:03.37), Hayle Kromer (90th in 31:20.74), Olivia Delaney (96th in 33:21.06), Mary Hitchcock (98th in 33:57.54), Meredith Little (101st in 34:27.44) and Sierra Ashworth (105th in 37:42.05).
“Of the 14 girls we ran on Saturday, 10 were running their first high school cross country race,” Figas said. “We had a typical first race, some ups and some downs. What struck me was that the athletes who knew they could have done better looked genuinely upset. That will be good moving forward. Of our nine freshman, I thought Callyn Weber and Lauren Dickhut really showed that they will be varsity contributors. Was also nice to see Sarah Matt earn a medal coming back from an injury-plagued season last year.”
Union’s other runners were Sydney Gerdel (28th in 24:11.14), Addison Kriete (34th in 25:03.37), Pauline Waller (53rd in 26:07.84), Grace Coppinger (56th in 26:38.37), Ryleigh Swope (74th in 28:33.70), Olivia Penton (79th in 28:52.68), Emma Tucker (83rd in 29:24.52) and Maelee Willingham (107th in 38:09.13).