BY ANDY ROWER | MIRROR SPORTS — Maumee’s cross country seasons came to an end last Saturday at the district championships at the Findlay campus of Owens Community College.
Senior Chris Witzler led the Panthers to an eighth-place finish by bettering 59 other opponents while placing 29th at 17:30.
Freshman Eric Board followed Witzler with a 40th-place time of 18:00, classmate Nick Johnstone took 52nd with an 18:38 and senior Robert East placed 63rd at 19:13.
Additionally, junior Sam Sherf (71st) ran a 20:34, freshman Robbie Stevens (77th) turned in a 21:35 and senior Titus Marshall (78th) finished up with a 22:09.
Defiance junior Mhalicki Bronson won the race with a time of 16:04 and Ashland took top team honors with a total score of 55.
Defiance (62), Southview (63) and Norwalk (107) also qualified for regionals as teams and Fremont Ross (145), Columbian (156) and Bowling Green (157) also placed ahead of Maumee.
The Panthers’ 255 points allowed them to finish ahead of Madison Comprehensive (277), Springfield (301), Rogers (309), Bowsher (324) and Start (382).
Maumee’s boys bettered a total of 33 other teams this year.
The Panthers girls squad finished ninth with 202 points.
Freshman Amelia Collins and sophomore Abi Smalley paced Maumee by placing 38th and 39th with similar times of 23:47 and 23:48 and junior Jordan Leasor took 43rd with a time of 23:56.
Freshman Sydney King (47th) and senior Jordan Saleh (51st) next turned in times of 24:14 and 24:38, sophomore Lexi Szyndler (57th) ran a 25:39 and freshman Keragan McCon-aughey (59th) rounded things out for the Panthers at 26:26.
Columbian sophomore Mia Ingalls won the race with a time of 19:16 and St. Ursula took top team honors with a score of 43.
Defiance (58), Columbian (60) and Madison Comprehensive (126) also qualified for regionals as a team and Clyde (134), Central Catholic (183), Lake (189) and Eastwood (200) also finished ahead of Maumee.