Both the Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams performed very well at the D-II Regional meet in Tiffin and qualified for the State Cross Country meet in Columbus. In the boys race, Wauseon was the Regional Champion with 63 points outdistancing Shelby (81) and Van Wert (102) at the top of the standings. Braden Vernot was the individual Regional Champion finishing in a time of 16:16.5. Other scoring finishers for the Indians were Jack Callan finishing 3rd, Hunter Wasnich 9th, Aidan Pena 15th, and Carter Nofziger 52nd. Non-scoring runners for Wauseon were Layton Willson and Joseph Perez. The last time the boys team qualified for the state meet was in 2004 following a 3rd place finish at Regionals. The team placed 14th at state that season. Braden Vernot is the first Regional champion since Quintin Reiser won the race in 2013.
In the girls competition, the Indians finished 4th with 141 points behind Lexington (26), Galion (124), and Lima Shawnee (130). They nipped Shelby (150) for the final qualifying spot. Leading the way for Wauseon was Grace Rhoades with her 10th place finish with a time of 19:28.0. Maggie Duden 21st, Serena Mathews 36th, Alona Mahnke 41st, and Natalie Kuntz 69th completed the scoring. Non-scoring runners were Josie Callan and Bailey McGuire. The girls cross country team last qualified for the state meet in 2014 when they finished 10th.
For complete results from the Regional meet, click this link: REGIONAL RESULTS
This year’s State Cross Country meet will take place at a new venue. The race will be run at Fortress Obetz in Obetz, Ohio located on the south side of Columbus. Information for fans and spectators may be found here: STATE CROSS COUNTRY INFORMATION.
Due to COVID related restrictions, spectators from outside of the families of the athletes will not be able to attend the meet. The race can be followed with live results at FINISH TIMING
Congratulations to the members of both teams and their coaches on a job well done. GO INDIANS!