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Anthony Wayne’s Karmol Defends Title At Van Buren Invite

Anthony Wayne’s Jack O’Connor sprints through the course during the Norm Bray Invitational on August 24. O’Connor helped the Generals boys team to a fourth-place finish at last Saturday’s Black Knight Invitational with a time of 18:34. (Right) The Generals Lydia Swartz approaches the finish line during the Norm Bray Invitational on August 24. Swartz helped Anthony Wayne’s girls team to a second-place finish at last Saturday’s Black Knight Invitational by placing 28th with a time of 23:28. MIRROR PHOTOS BY JOE NEGRICH

BY YANEEK SMITH | MIRROR SPORTS — Anthony Wayne sophomore Ana Karmol won the Van Buren Black Knight Invitational for the second consecutive season, finishing first with a time of 19:32.5.

As a team, Findlay won the tournament last weekend with 51 points, followed by the Lady Generals, who scored 75 points, Carey (115), Fremont Ross (119), Van Buren (120), Delphos St. John’s (147), Whitmer (167), Edgerton (188), Oak Harbor (234), Maumee (247), Elmwood (282), Leipsic (349) and Rossford (384). (Six other teams competed but did not have five runners to register as a team.)

Karmol’s sister, Ella, finished sixth overall in 20:46.7, and Cari Varner had a very good showing, too, finishing 10th in 21:29.2. AW’s final four runners ran together as a pack and finished within nine places of one another: Lydia Swartz (28th in 23:28.2), Sydney Willford (30th in 23:40.6), Annalise Gouin (35th in 23:59.9) and Amelie Blakely (37th in 24:04.9).

“We had an up-and-down day. On the positive side, Ana Karmol defended her crown at this meet and the girls took second as a team on a day when we were a bit shorthanded,” said AW coach Kevin O’Connor. 

“We ran without Elly Yoder and Lilly Hall, who are both working through some injuries. Ella Karmol and Cari Varner also finished in the top 10.”

Boys

Anthony Wayne had a great showing at the Van Buren Invite, finishing fourth out of 19 teams. 

Whitmer won going away, finishing with 44 points as three of its runners finished in the top five. Findlay came in second with 75 points, followed by Fremont Ross (92) and the Generals (119).

Jacob Varner led AW with a seventh-place finish in 17:46.9 with Liam McGuckin close behind in ninth (17:48.4). Matthew Dittus was 24th in 18:12.3, followed by Jack O’Connor (37th in 18:34.6) and three tightly packed runners in Jacob Roberts (42nd in 18:52.4), Aiden Lengel (43rd in 18:54.9) and Rory Smith (44th in 18:55.3).

“The boys team finished a more-than-respectable fourth out of 19 teams with Jake Varner and Liam McGuckin both finishing in the top 10,” O’Connor said. 

“Freshman Matt Dittus continues to be strong for us and was our third finisher on the day. Jack O’Connor returned to form and had PR’d to finish fourth and get back into the varsity conversation.”

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