Elmwood, Eastwood boys win district meets


Five Wood County boys cross country teams advanced to regionals on Saturday.
Elmwood won its Division III district race, and Eastwood won at Division II to advance. Bowling Green in
Division I, and Lake and Otsego in Division II each finished in the top four of their respective races,
also advanced to regionals next weekend at Tiffin.
Following is a recap of the district races:
At Pearson Park in Oregon, Bowling Green finished fourth in the District 2 race with 128 points to
advance to regionals. Toledo St. John’s was first with 45, Toledo St. Francis was second at 52, and
Lexington was third at 56. Perrysburg finished fifth with 135 points.
The top four teams and those individuals that finished in the top 16 advance to the regional meet at
BG’s top five were: Kevin Budge, 14th, 16:53; Zack Southward, 20th, 17:29; Brian Seymour, 27th, 17:41;
Brian Budge, 33rd, 17:50; and Jared Ellinger, 34th, 17:55.
Perrysburg’s Bryant Byrd advanced to regionals, finishing 12th overall in a time of 16:51. Rounding out
Perrysburg’s top five were: Alex Stringham, 27th, 17:39; Quin Adams, 29th, 17:42; Sean Moyer, 32n,
17:45; and Wyatt Hoch, 36th, 18:01.
At H.P. Eels Park in Bettsville, Eastwood, Lake and Otsego all advanced to regionals. Lake’s Zach Powell
took first individually in a time of 16:39.
Eastwood was first with 53 points, Lake was second with 87, and Otsego was third with 97. Tiffin
Columbian was fourth with 106 points. It is the 12th straight regional appearance for Eastwood.
The top four teams and those individuals that finish in the top 16 advance to the regional tournament at
Eastwood’s top five times were: Nick Twining, fourth, 16:58; Chase Baldwin, seventh, 17:17; Dustin
Herrick, 13th, 17:45; Michael Bratton, 15th, 17:46; and Darin Goodman, 17th, 17:48.
Rounding out Lake’s top five were: Louis Szilagyi, fifth, 17:05; Steve Stanley, 25th, 18:28; Nathan
Scanlan, 29th, 18:34; and Riley Breese, 30th, 18:36.
Otsego’s top five were: Josh Wazelle, sixth, 17:11; Eli Cheney, 18th, 18:00; Jeffery Hoffman, 21st,
18:15; Jonathan Fowler, 24th, 18:24; and Hunter Van Horn, 32nd, 18:38.
At H.P. Eels Park in Bettsville, Elmwood was first with 48 points in the District 1 race. The Royals’
Nick Goebel finished first in a time of 15:52.
Elmwood is ranked 11th in the Division III state poll and finished eighth at the state meet last season.
Goebel was an All-Ohio performer at state where he finished 19th overall last year.
Old Fort was second with 63, Gibsonburg was third with 67, and Sandusky St. Mary was fourth at 93.
The top four teams and those individuals who finished in the top 16 advance to the regional meet at
Rounding out Elmwood’s top five were: Wes Lee, sixth, 17:18; Dexter Lee, 11th, 17:27; Josh Boes, 16th,
17:53; and Travis Wagner, 17th, 17:58.
In the District 2 race, Lakota was 10th with 199 points and North Baltimore was 11th with 257.
Liberty-Benton took first with 74 points, Tiffin Calvert was second with 93, New Riegel was third at
110, and Hopewell-Loudon was fourth with 112.
The top four teams and those individuals who finished in the top 16 advance to the regional meet at
Lakota’s Kyle Babcock advanced to regionals, finishing fourth in a time of 16:55. Rounding out Lakota’s
top five were: Seth Benfer, 27th, 18:20; Austin Garber, 49th, 18:51; Zac Baker, 19:04; and Tyler
Aldrich, 69th, 19:50.
North Baltimore’s top five were: Josh Meggitt, 36th, 18:28; Corey North, 44th, 18:41; Jordan Ray, 57th,
19:06; Andrew Senecal, 61st, 19:25; and Phillip Ernsberger, 65th, 19:34.

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