Friday, October 4th, 2013
By Gary R. Rasberry
Coldwater sweeps team titles
Lions Cross Country Invitational
COLDWATER - The running was high-paced as Coldwater hosted the annual Lions Cross Country Invitational on Thursday beginning in Memorial Park and finishing at Cavalier Stadium.
Coldwater's girls won the team title with a 42-point total and Minster was close behind in second with 56 points while Midwest Athletic Conference teams Versailles (fourth), St. Henry (sixth), Fort Recovery (eighth), Marion (11th) , New Bremen (12th) and Parkway (17th) were also in competition.
"It's definitely a preview for next week," said Cavaliers' head coach Marty Schoenherr as the MAC meet next week will run the same course at Coldwater. "Our goal was to compete well and we did that. Our girls looked pretty good and hopefully that continues into next week."
The Cavaliers' Sarah Kanney and Christina were the first two to cross the finish line as Kanney ran a winning time of 18:06.40, with Seas just 2 1/2 seconds behind in second.
"The MAC's coming up and we're excited for that," said Kanney. "We're definitely excited how the team ran tonight. As a team, we ran really good tonight."
Coldwater also had Lauren Seas and Kierstin Siefring in fifth and 11th place. Morgan Pohl led Minster with a sixth-place finish with teammate Julia Slonkosky in seventh.
Western Buckeye League power Van Wert won the boys' team title with MAC teams taking four spots in the top 10. St. Henry came through with a second-place finish and Minster was third with New Bremen in fourth. Fort Recovery was 11th.
"The competition was stiff," said St. Henry coach Dan Hemmelgarn. "You look at the competition between second and fourth, there was only 10 points between us. We've got some things to build upon for next week. Things are looking up."
"The league's shaping up to be quite a battle," said Minster coach Larry Topp. "St. Henry looked really good. Coldwater looked really good and New Bremen looked really good. We're going to have to bring out our A-game that day."
Just as with the ladies' race, Coldwater had runners in the first two spots of the boys' race. Dan Seas finished with a winning time of 16:19.49 with Jon Wenning close behind in second. New Knoxville's Isaac Kunts took fifth with Minster's Dominic Slonkosky sixth and St. Henry's Spencer Schulze seventh.
"I got out slow to start, but started to pick up and try and pick off people one by one up towards the first mile," said Seas.
The Seas family added two more first-place medals in the junior high races as Jenny Seas won the girls' two-miler while brother Matt won the boys' race.
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