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09-24-03: Flyers, Cards split tri-meet


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 sixth overall.
“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 good.”
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 Don Smart.
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.


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