Cross Country: Minster girls and boys headed back to state

TROY — The Minster girls cross country team captured the Division III regional championship at Troy on Saturday afternoon and will be back at the state tournament in search of its 10th state title in school history.

The Wildcats scored 65 points to edge out second-place Russia, which had 69 points.

Minster’s seven runners all finished in the top 37.

Minster senior Hannah Butler led the way with an eighth-place finish and a 19:59 time.

Katherine Burke was 10th with a 20:05 time. Lisa Barlage finished 14th with a 20:14 pace. Kaci Bornhorst finished 18th with a 20:15 time. Leah Niekamp rounded out Minster’s scoring with a 23rd place finish and 20:44 time.

Gabrielle Barga (24th, 20:45) and Julia Slonkosky (37th, 21:13) finished for the Wildcats.

Fort Loramie took fourth to advance to state. Versailles missed out on a trip to Hebron with a fifth-place finish, and St. Henry finished eighth.

Minster has nine state championships in program history, including three straight from 2008 to 2010.

Division III at Tiffin

TIFFIN — The Minster boys cross country team is headed to state after finishing second place at the Division III regional at Tiffin on Saturday.

The Wildcats had 79 points, good for second place behind Seneca East’s 50 points. St. Henry (104 points) and Columbus Grove (106 points) grabbed the two other two spots to advance to state.

Minster was led by Dominic Slonkosky’s second-place finish with a 16:34 time. Eric Dahlinghaus finished fourth with a 16:37 time. Andy Albers was 20th with a 16:59 time. Andrew Fausey finished 34th (17:27) and Ben Butler was 35th (17:34) to round out Minster’s scoring.

New Knoxville junior Isaac Kuntz, who was hoping to return to state where he was a 54th-place finisher at National Trail, finished 39th on Saturday with a 17:41 time.

The Rangers’ Jacob Shaw finished 89th (18:26).

New Knoxville junior Cassie Boyle, who was also hoping for a return trip to state after finishing 23rd at National Trail  last year, took 28th with a 21:05 time.

New Knoxville sophomore Hannah Privette was 44th with a 21:33 time.

Division II at Tiffin

TIFFIN — St. Marys’ two regional qualifiers ended their seasons at the Division II regional at Tiffin on Saturday.

St. Marys senior Nick Durkee’s season ended with a 91st place finish and an 18:01 time.

Roughrider junior Amanda Dues finished 76th in the girls race with a 22:20 time.

In the boys race, Van Wert’s Jared Fleming won with a 15:57 time. Defiance’s Abel Flores was second (16:01). Cole Mertz was Celina’s top individual finisher with a 44th-place finish and 17;17 time.

In the girls race, Van Wert’s Andrea Foster (20:14, 14th) and Shawnee’s Molly Scott (20:14, 15th) both advanced to state as individuals. Celina’s Katlin Robinson finished 45th (21:17) and teammate Jenna Coon was 46th (21:19).