|Nick Goebel on the awards stand|
LOCKBOURNE — Elmwood junior Nick Goebel finished seventh overall in the Division III boys race to
highlight the county’s runners at the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s state cross country meet
Saturday at Scioto Downs.
Lake’s Zach Powell also earned All-Ohio honors in the Division II boys race, finishing 23rd in a time of
The top 25 individual runners earn All-Ohio.
The Elmwood boys team finished 10th in the Division III race and the Royal girls were 15th in the
Division III girls race.
It was the second consecutive year Elmwood had both the boys and girls teams at the state meet. Both
teams finished eighth at state last season.
“We did OK. I think they were hoping for a little bit more,” Elmwood coach Chris Hailey said. “But they
had a good experience. We’ve got some youngsters and they got a real good experience out of it.”
Goebel led at the one-mile mark but finished 21 seconds behind the race winner, Ryan Polman of
Independence. It was the second straight year earning All-Ohio honors for Goebel after finishing 19th as
“He went out aggressive. He just hammered away,” said Hailey of Goebel. “Guys caught up with him and he
just hung in there and gritted it out the last half mile. He kept himself in the race the whole way.”
As a team the Royals finished with 277 points. Independence won the state title with 84 points.
Other results for the Elmwood boys were: Dexter Lee, 63rd, 17:26; Wes Lee, 101st, 18:05; Josh Boes,
109th, 18:14; Travis Wagner, 133rd, 19:06; Trey Wilhelm, 138th, 19:23; and Conlan Varty, 142nd, 19:56.
“I think we were actually pleased with 10th place. We knew it was going to be a tough road to hoe. And it
was. It was an awesome state meet,” Hailey said.
The Elmwood girls finished with 303 points. Minster won the team title with 98 points.
Results for Elmwood were: Bethany Flage, 68th, 21:00; Darla Heimann, 82nd, 21:15; Miranda Wagner, 91st,
21:26; Ashley Wolfe, 108th, 22:02; Becky Heimann, 134, 23:01; Addy Mathias, 137th, 23:15; and Emily
Wilhelm, 144th, 24:21.
“We’re still young with the girls. We’ve got a lot of them coming back and for them to get that
experience just means a heck of a lot to the whole program,” Hailey said.
Also from the county, Perrysburg’s Andrea Alt finished 33rd in a time of 19:30 in the Division I girls
Toledo Notre Dame’s Elizabeth Lemon finished 88th in a time of 20:19. As a team Notre Dame took seventh
in the Division I race. Lemon is a Bowling Green resident.
In the Division III girls race, Otsego’s Leah Wagoner was 44th (20:44) and Lakota’s Julia Windom was 57th
In the Division III boys race, Lakota’s Kyle Babcock finished 97th in a time of 18:00.