VAN WERT - Everyone in Van Wert Saturday was looking up at Columbian. Tyler Lewis crossed the line first in 16:17.4 in the Scarlett Division race at the Van Wert County Hospital meet and teammate Brandon Gibson was right on his heels, taking second in 16:28.3.
Columbian took third in the 16-team meet with 83 points, finishing behind Van Wert (55) and Bryan (69).
Kyler Lange (25th, 18:27.1), Tyler Mesnard (26th, 18:33) and Adam Forrest (29th, 18:40) rounded out the Columbian scorers.
Lakota's Isaac Ritter finished 41st (19:18.7) to lead area efforts in the Gray Division race. The Raiders finished ninth as a team. Mohawk finished 12th, led by Chris Koehler's 47th (19:28.6).
Warrior girls run to fourth
VAN WERT - Mohawk's Shauna Leeth finished fifth in the Gray Division at the Van Wert County Hospital meet, one of four Warriors turning in top-20 times Saturday as the team took fourth in the standings.
Tinora, Edgerton and Spencerville all finished ahead of Mohawk.
Leeth finished in 21:21.9, McKenzie Richardson took 10th (21:45.3), Hailey Leeth finished 17th (22:25.7) and Kayla Risner came in 18 (22:28.9).
Amanda Lane claimed 48th (24:39.5) to lead Lakota.
Columbian ran in the Scarlett Division and was led by Derra Cheatham's 16th (20:53.1). The Tornadoes finished seventh out of 16 schools.
Cheatham's finish was backed by Cassandra Gooding in 36th (21:59.2) and Alexis Desjardin in 38th (22:03.5).
Cook, Carey boys claim titles
VAN BUREN - Carey's Trevor Cook grabbed another victory in what has been a stellar year for the freshman. Three teammates joined him in the top 10 as Carey's boys took the title at the Van Buren Invitational.
Cook crossed the line in 17:40.6. Zach Logsdon finished third (18:40.9), Ben Kromer took sixth (18:52.6) and Evan Hyatt came in ninth (19:13.4).
Uriel Garcia added a 14th (19:59.9) to round out the Carey placers.
Carey finished with 33 points, 14 better than runner-up Elmwood. St. Wendelin finished third, powered by Nick DeHaven's fourth (18:41.5).
Elmwood won the girls crown with 49 points. Liberty-Benton held off St. Wendelin 67-69 for second.
The Mohawks got top-10 finishes from Victoria Volpe (sixth, 23:01.4) and Sara Goddard (eighth, 23:22.8).
Carey's Jaclyn Troiano had the top local finish, crossing the line fourth in 22:48.9.
Stockmaster leads Tigers to runner-up finish
ONTARIO - The Bill Brown Classic kicked off with the Blue and Gold races on Saturday.
In the boy's Blue race, Upper Sandusky had two top-10 finishes to grab ninth overall.
Garrett Miller set a pace at 18:14 to place sixth. Not far behind was teammate Dominic Solis (18:26), coming across the finish ninth for the Rams.
The Gold race saw Seneca East capture second with 64 points.
Jared Stockmaster led the Tigers, crossing the line second in 16:38. Two other Tigers ended in the top-10, with Carson Pipher (16:54) crossing the line fourth and Wes Pipher (17:38) taking seventh.
In the girl's blue and gold race, Upper Sandusky took seventh in the blue race with 157 combined points.
Upper Sandusky's Olivia Thomson finished in the top-10, grabbing the sixth spot with a time of 22:45.
Also contributing for the Rams were Mary McCaleb (25:05) in 31st and Grace Stober (26:03) in 48th.
Seneca East's Jaclyn Willman took 101st (27:47) and Katlyn Hahler came in 148th (32:49).
Smiths pace locals at Cardinal Stritch
OREGON - Calvert's Olivia Smith raced to fifth Saturday in the Division II-III race at the Cardinal Stritch Invitational, with Morgan Smith not too far behind in 15th.
The former crossed the line in 20:56.48 with the latter checking in at 22:20.69 as the Senecas finished fifth in the 14-team event.
Old Fort didn't field a full team but got two top-20 performances. Kayla Garza came in eighth (21:16.04) with Jackie Becker finishing 20th (22:39.63).
New Riegel took 11th. Gidge Elchert's 46th (24:14.5) led the Blue Jackets, and Olivia Borer came in 49th (24:19.63).
On the boys side, Old Fort was the top local team, taking eighth out of 20 entries. Brad Bannister came in 10th overall (17:33.98) and Donald Young backed him with a 25th (18:17.2).
New Riegel took 17th, led by Caleb Welly's 69th (19:35.3).
Calvert got a 39th from John Brodman (18:49.13). The Senecas did not field a full team.
Swartzmiller, Reinhart top H-L runners
LIBERTY CENTER - Hopewell-Loudon's boys took sixth and the girls seventh at the Liberty Center Widewater Invitational.
For the boys, Chet Swartzmiller led the Chieftains by finishing 15th (17:09.67). Ryan Depinet backed him with a 34th (17:48.9).
Hopewell-Loudon's girls got a 17th from Leah Reinhart (20:53.04) and a 37th from Keely Hoover (22:05.01).