By MARC TOBIAS
MARIA STEIN — Marion Local had the top two finishers in
the boys triangular meet at Marion Township Park, but it was
New Bremen winning the team competition. On the girls side Marion
Local was able to cruise to victory behind winner Trisha Bruns.
Ryan Winner took home the boys victory with a time of 17:08,
while his Flyers finished with 50 points.
“For the weather and this course it’s pretty good,”
Winner said of his time. “The first mile is pretty tough,
other than that, it’s pretty smooth.”
The start of the race took place in a wooded area, and was hilly,
before the runners finished in a more open flat space.
Winner’s cousin Ryan Winner finished second for the Flyers
with a time of 17:27.
“I didn’t probably warm up very well, so I didn’t
run real fast, but it was a smaller meet so I’m not totally
disappointed in what I did,” Ryan Winner said.
He added he had no problem finishing second to his cousin.
“It’s a good feeling, it’s not like I feel
like I have to beat him, because we’re teammates and it’s
helping the team. The beginning of the season I was ahead, and
now he’s a little ahead, so it just kind of evens out.”
New Bremen’s total of 28 points won the event while St.
Henry finished third with a total of 52 points.
Leading the way for the Cardinals were Josh Schwable, Bradford
Coyle, Jason Dammeyer and Andy Topp who finished third through
“We ran well one through seven, all in all, we’re
slowly progressing to where we want to be for when we get into
district and then the league, of course that’s what we
want to start building toward,” said New Bremen coach
Adam Topp. “Josh Schwable and Bradford Coyle both ran
well and were in the front again, those guys have been real
consistent, and shown good leadership. Andy Topp stepped up
real well today, he’s slowly been progressing, and he
keeps dropping times and he moved up to fourth today. Jason
Dammeyer is coming off an ankle injury and he ran well today,
so all in all I’m really happy.”
New Bremen’s Brooks Topp took home a 10th-place finish.
St. Henry had three runners in the top 10, as Troy Rindler finished
seventh, Kris Schlater eighth, and Tony Hess ninth.
Bruns won the girl’s race with a time of 21:08 and the
Flyers had the low total of 21 points. New Bremen was second
with 41 points while St. Henry didn’t have enough runners
to score in the team event.
“It felt good out there, it was nice and cool and I can
feel it with my breathing because I have asthma, but it helped
out a lot,” Bruns said of the cooler weather. “I
think the team as a whole has been getting better and that’s
New Bremen’s Amber Niekamp finished second to Bruns with
a time of 21:35.
“Actually, I like this course, it has shade and stuff,
but it’s not very hilly,” Niekamp said. “I
didn’t get my best time, my best time is a 21:14 and today
I got a 21:35.”
“Good solid effort today, we had kind of a hard workout
yesterday, and we’re just trying to chase Marion and we’re
trying to get closer to them because we know that’s our
competition for league and district, so we want to get close
to them, because if we get close to them their going to pull
us through all those other meets,” said New Bremen coach
Marion Local’s Stacy Evers took third with teammates Deanna
Kremer and Holly Fortkamp fourth and fifth. Sherry Rose from
New Bremen took sixth followed by Marion Local’s Megan
Bruns, St. Henry’s Jodi Uhlenhake, Marion Local’s
Terri Feltz and St. Henry’s Stacy Goettemoyeller.