|Perrysburg girls win NLL CC title (10-14-13)|
|Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ Sentinel Sports Writer|
|Monday, 14 October 2013 10:05|
HOLLAND - Perrysburg's girls cross country team capped off a clean sweep of the Northern Lakes League titles in fall sports Saturday morning at Secor Metropark.
The Yellow Jackets, ranked fifth in the latest Division I coaches poll, won the girls race with ease, totaling 23 points, giving Perrysburg five NLL titles in five girls varsity sports this fall.
It was Perrysburg's first girls cross country title since 1979.
Perrysburg's Taylor Monheim and Courtney Clody finished first and second, respectively, in the girls race, while Bowling Green's Sasha Lanning finished fourth.
Napoleon was second with 80 points and BG finished third with 88 points.
"We wanted to change that, but we also knew that anything can happen in this sport," Monheim said of the goal to win the first league title in 34 years.
"The cool thing that we told them yesterday was 'You had nothing to do with the 34 years of futility, but you have everything to do with making that change.' They kind of liked that," said Perrysburg coach Jon Monheim.
The Perrysburg team of seven clearly took that message to heart.
Taylor Monheim's time of 18:45 was to be desired by all competitors as she dominated, leading nearly the entire race. Clody was right behind in 18:51. In all, six of Perrysburg's seven runners finished in the top 10, four of which were in the top seven. Lanning's time was 19:17.
"We wanted to impress upon the girls that it wasn't going to be a cake walk," Jon Monheim said. "... The nice thing about this group is one through seven, they're all mentally tough."
Of Perrysburg's top seven, only Taylor Monheim and Clody are seniors.
Springfield claimed the boys championship, its first in school history, with 37 points, while Perrysburg was second with 64 points and BG was fourth with 87. Maumee's 79 points was good for third place.
Andrew Bayes was second in the boys race in 16:24, leading Perrysburg to its fourth straight second-place finish. Springfield's Kohl Taberner was the individual champion in 16:12.
Bayes vaulted into second place around the 6:30 mark of the race, passing Northview's Tyler Rayoum. Bayes gained a four second lead over Rayoum over the remained of the race.
Like the girls team, Perrysburg's boys had gone 34 years without a cross country league title.
"Our kids are a little disappointed, but we ran well. Just when you have a goal of winning and you come in second, it's tough," said Perrysburg boys coach Jeff Taylor.
BG's boys had two of its runners, Michael Shilling and Lucas Overmeyer, place in the top 10, with Bret Horn and Grant Stierwalt finishing in the top 25.
"The kids came in with a really good attitude after a great week of practice. ... That's all you can ask coming into the league meet," said coach Pat Carney, who coaches BG's boys and girls teams.
Carney was pleased with the finish of the boys and girls teams saying it was the best day of the year.
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