Anthony Wayne Cross Country Teams Finish Third At NLLs

The AW boys cross country team placed third at NLLs last Saturday. Pictured are (from left) Liam McGuckin, Colton Eckert, Matt Yokum, Wade LaMastus, Brady Schofield, Jake Varner and Aiden Smith.
The AW girls cross country team placed third at NLLs last Saturday. Pictured are (from left) coach Craig Smith, Evelyn Yoder, Lillian Hall, Lydia Swartz, Catherine McClure, Brooke Dressel, Margaret Smith, Abby Moser and coach Kevin O’Connor.

BY JOEL SENSENIG | MIRROR SPORTS — The Anthony Wayne girls and boys cross country teams both ran to third-place finishes in the Northern Lakes League championships at Whiteford Valley Golf Club in Ottawa Lake, Mich. last Saturday. “We’re looking forward to districts,” said AW boys coach Craig Smith. “Both the ladies’ and men’s teams are developing a competitive edge and will be ready to go. Both teams work and support each other every day. It’s very fun to be a part of it.” Districts competition is at the Owens Community College campus in Findlay at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 21. Girls Led by senior Abby Moser’s sixth-place overall finish, the girls squad placed behind winner Northview and runner-up Perrysburg. The Generals finished with 84 points, while Northview had 35 and Perrysburg 59. AW topped Napoleon (108), Bowling Green (114), Southview (124), Springfield (202) and Maumee (228). Moser’s time of 20:14 paced the team, followed by freshman Lillian Hall (15th, 21:22), sophomore Evelyn Yoder (19th, 21:41), freshman Lydia Swartz (20th, 21:45) and junior Margaret Smith (24th, 21:59). Hall and Swartz both had personal records in the meet. Also competing but not scoring for the Generals were juniors Brooke Dressel (31st, 22:35) and Catherine McClure (45th, 23:41). Northview senior Jenna Kill won the event with a 19:15 finish. “I was happy the girls were able to defend third place,” said AW girls coach Kevin O’Connor. “Northview and Perrysburg have terrific teams. We were glad to compete against them, but also glad to hold off the rest of the field and retain third place.” He hopes the team will continue to build on the performance. “One thing we can build on going into the district meet is our solid pack running,” he said. “Our second through fifth finishers were only separated by nine places. If we can continue to run well together, we will continue to be competitive.” O’Connor said Moser’s sixth-place finish and first-team all-NLL honors were highlights of the day. Yoder, Swartz and Hall each earned third-team league honors. “A couple of our veteran runners did not have their best day,” O’Connor admitted. “I’m confident they will bounce back this weekend and pairing that with our younger runners, who are peaking, should result in another strong team performance.” Boys Junior Matt Yokum’s 12th-place overall finish led the AW boys team to a third-place finish behind winner Perrysburg and runner-up Bowling Green. The Generals finished with 99 points, while Perrysburg had 25 and BG tallied 85. Anthony Wayne topped Southview and Northview (both with 100), Maumee (150), Napoleon (173) and Springfield (217). BG senior Zach Applegate was first with a time of 15:30, more than a minute ahead of second-place Perrysburg senior Adam Ohls (16:32). “We had a great day,” Smith said. “Third place in NLLs is the best finish for the boys team since anyone can remember. The team competed very hard. They showed great determination and desire. “The team is working hard each day and it is showing. They have great chemistry and work ethic. I’m very proud of them.” Yokum’s time of 17:01 was followed by sophomore Jacob Varner (15th, 17:10), senior Brady Schofield (21st, 17:26), freshman Liam McGuckin (22nd, 17:26) and junior Colton Eckert (29th, 17:47). Freshmen Wade LaMastus (33rd, 17:57) and Aiden Smith (36th, 18:08) also ran well for the Generals but did not factor into the scoring. For his efforts this season, Yokum was named a second-team all-NLL runner, while Varner and Schofield both earned third-team honors. “We were third place by one point over Northview and Southview, so each place was critical,” Smith said. “Matt Yokum led the way for us, as he has done each race of the season. Brady demonstrated great leadership and competitiveness for the team. I was very happy for him as a senior to get third team. “Liam had another outstanding run for a freshman. Colton showed great heart narrowly beating a Northview runner at the finish to help us secure third place. Wade and Aiden continue to improve and get better and better as freshmen and their times continue to drop.”

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