Gusty winds spoiled a bright, sunny day and made for difficult conditions at the 2011 Northwest Conference Cross County meet hosted by Paulding at a course around the Paulding reservoir. Columbus Grove defended their boys title with a twenty-five point win over Lincolnview. Crestview finished third in the boys race. On the girls side Spencerville won their fifth consecutive NWC title with a 45 point victory over Crestview. Bluffton finished third in the girls race.
Columbus Grove’s Jake Graham ran the best individual time of 17:50 and was voted by the coaches as NWC Male Runner of the Year.
Bluffton’s Hannah Chappell-Dick won the girls race in a time of 20:54, and she was voted NWC Female Runner of the Year.
Columbus Grove’s Terry Schnipke was voted Boys Coach of the Year, and Spencerville’s Brian McMichael was voted Girls Coach of the Year.
In the junior high competition, Spencerville won the boys race, and Columbus Grove took the girls race.
NWC Boys Cross Country Championships
1. Columbus Grove 38, 2. Lincolnview 63, 3. Crestview 71, 4. Lima Central Catholic 113, 5. Bluffton 153, 6. Spencerville 155, 7. Allen East 170, 8. Paulding 204
1st Team All-NWC
1. Jake Graham, Columbus Grove; 2. Alex Shafer, Columbus Grove; 3. Joel Genter, Crestview; 4. Micah Granstaff, Crestview; 5. Shelby Ripley, Crestview
NWC Girls Cross Country Championships
1. Spencerville 31, 2. Crestview 76, 3. Bluffton 88, 4. Lima Central Catholic 112, 5. Lincolnview 124, 6. Columbus Grove 150, 7. Paulding 178
1st Team All-NWC
1. Hannah Chappell-Dick, Bluffton; 2. Amber Herron, Columbus Grove; 3. Kerri Purdy, Spencerville; 4. Hailey Perkins, Allen East; 5. Courtney Perrott, Crestview