Columbus Grove won both the boys’ and girls’ titles in the Northwest Conference cross country meet run Saturday morning in Spencerville. The boys’ race featured a tight battle with Columbus Grove (30) edging out runner-up Lincolnview (33) by 3 points. Lincolnview girls also finshed second while Crestview took third place in both races. Junior High races were won by Lincolnview (boys) and Columbus Grove (girls).
Lincolnview’s Alek Bowersock ran the best individual time of 16:53.8 in winning the boys’ race and was voted by the coaches as NWC Male Runner of the Year. Johnny Schmiedebusch (CG, 16:59.0) finished second with Karter Tow (LV, 17:15.6) completing the race as the third place finisher.
Columbus Grove’s Alyssa Ellerbrock (19:41.2) defeated runner-up Madison Langdon (20:12.3) of Crestview in the girls’ race and was voted NWC Female Runner of the Year. Crestview’s Ragen Harting (20:27.4) finished out the top three.
Columbus Grove’s Terry Schnipke was voted by the coaches as the Boys’ Coach of the Year with the honors for Girls’ Coach of the Year going to Grove’s Jason Jay.
1. Columbus Grove 30, 2. Lincolnview 33, 3. Crestview 82, 4. Bluffton 121, 5. Ada 135, 6. Allen East 157, Spencerville NTS, Paulding NTS
NWC Individual Champion: Alek Bowersock, Lincolnview
1. Columbus Grove 36, 2. Lincolnview 44, 3. Crestview 49, 4. Paulding 108, Ada NTS, Bluffton NTS, Spencerville NTS
NWC Individual Champion: Alyssa Ellerbrock, Columbus Grove