WBL Cross Country Championships
KENTON — The St. Marys boys cross country team finished fourth and the girls squad finished sixth at the Western Buckeye League cross country championships, while the Van Wert boys and Shawnee girls teams captured league titles in Kenton on Saturday.
Runners raced in blustery, cold conditions on the new 3.1-mile circuit mowed out of the infield and surrounding land of the Hardin County Fairground track.
St. Marys junior Nick Durkee finished sixth overall with a 17:36 time to earn first team All-WBL honors for the second straight year.
The slender Durkee said the howling wind was especially hard for him to cut through in the race.
“I just fly around in this wind,” Durkee said. “This affects me more than almost any runner out there, but I was able to fight through it.”
Durkee improved on his 10th-place finish from last year’s race in Lima.
The St. Marys boys had two runners earn special mention All-WBL honors for finishing in the top 22 racers. St. Marys’ John Meier finished 16th with an 18:07 time. Alex Mielke took 22nd with an 18:22 time.
The Rider boys finished with 117 points. Van Wert won with 36 points, Defiance took second with 44 points and Shawnee was third with 108 points.
Defiance’s Abel Flores defended his WBL title in the boys race with a 16:34 time and first place finish. Against the wind, his time was off by 17 seconds from last year’s winning time.
Other Rider finishers were Kyle Oswalt in 36th place with a 19:03 time, Anthony Tenney (19:20), Luke Grieshop (20:15), Zack Goodwin (20:27), Matt Schroyer (21:28), Daniel Miller (21:34), Will Walter (22:24), Dylan Brown (23:00), Zach Wilson (23:00), Dalton Murphy (24:57), Morgan Fenwick (25:11), John Beane (25:30), Zach Huff (27:06),
The St. Marys girls team finished sixth with 183 points. Shawnee defended its WBL title with a first-place finish and 42 points. Defiance took second with 53 points and Celina was third with 59 points.
St. Marys freshman Hannah Tobin was the first Roughrider girl across the finish line and missed out on WBL special mention by one spot with a 23rd-place finish and a 22:28 time.
Celina’s Hannah Fleck won the girls race with a 19:15 pace.
St. Marys’ Christine Sullivan took 32nd with a 23:12 time, and Sarah Wilker was 34th with a 23:15 time. Other Rider finishers were Jessica Jeffries (24:36), Marissa Schrolucke (24:57), Carol Saunders (25:47), Devin Coil (27:02), Melanie Howell (28:16), Jenny Briggs (28:18), Alicia Fledderjohann (28:54), Shaunna Cartwright (30:27), Lauren Hurlburt (32:13) and Kaitlin Murphy (34:30).
Kenton’s course was new for 2011. Each WBL school hosts the meet once every ten years. In 2001, Kenton’s meet was run near the high school.
Boys Team Results
1. Van Wert 36, 2. Defiance 44, 3. Shawnee 108, 4. St. Marys 117, 5. Ottawa-Glandorf 120, 6. Celina 120, 7. Wapakoneta 183, 8. Elida 248, 9. Kenton 273, 10. Bath 321
Girls Team Results
1. Shawnee 42, 2. Defiance 53, 3. Celina 59, 4. Van Wert 71, 5. Ottawa-Glandorf 133, 6. St. Marys 183, 7. Wapakoneta 189, 8. Kenton 252, 9. Bath 275, 10. Elida 278
Girls Soccer: St. Marys 0, Ottawa-Glandorf 0
The St. Marys girls soccer team’s defense and goalkeeping kept Ottawa-Glandorf scoreless on Saturday in a regular season finale.
Unfortunately for the Roughriders, they couldn’t score in the heavy wind, either.
In a season filled with ties for the Roughriders in league play, St. Marys and the Titans played a scoreless draw in a final regular season and WBL finale that was a make-up game from September.
“We just didn’t play like it was a senior day,” St. Marys head coach Paul Dingledine said. “I told the kids with this wind we could use that as a 12th defender, but we didn’t.”
Both teams had times when they attacked the other team’s goal but both goaltenders were up to the job as St. Marys senior keeper Paige Dicus had six saves and O-G’s Megan Hoehn had four saves.
St. Marys was coming off a tough 2-1 loss to Shawnee on Thursday night — its first loss of the season.
“I told the girl’s that we had to match the intensity that we had on Thursday,” Dingledine said. “O-G is a good team.”
Saturday’s draw pushes St. Marys’ record to 11-1-4 heading into the postseason this week. The Riders also finished the WBL season tied in second place with Celina. Both had matching 5-1-3 records in the league.
The closest either team got was when the Riders hit the goal post with a shot with 10 minutes left in the game.
“The wind was a huge factor in the game,” Dingledine said. “Shots that we usually take we didn’t compensate for the wind and the shots go wide.”
The Riders have seven seniors who played their last regular season game at West Field on Saturday. Those seniors are Laura Aller, Ashley Hale, Ashleigh Falk, Kristen Vehorn, Molly Hertenstein, Sara Lininger and Jamie James.
The Riders play Van Wert at Celina on Saturday in the Division II sectional tournament.