By Payton Shays
This was the last week of the 2015 cross country season as teams and individuals traveled to Columbus to compete in the state competition.
New London sent freshman Gabby Osterland to represent New London as their only competitor in the state meet.
Osterland earned her trip to state after placing 13th in the regional meet with a time of 19:52 which was her previous personal record time.
New London competes in one of the hardest regions in the state of Ohio at the Boardman meet.
Osterland traveled to Columbus and finished in 14th place out of all the competitors in the 2015 division 3 competition, just one place lower than she finished at regionals.
Gabby finished with her final personal record of the season with a time of 19:12, 40 seconds above her previous record.
With a time of 19:12, Osterland moved to second on New London’s all-time list in only her first year competing in high school.
In the final stretch Gabby was coming in in 16th place with almost 100 meters to go. She finished with a powerful surge to push her into 14th after passing two of her fellow runners.
In 14th place, she earned a spot as an All-Ohio athlete as the top 25 in the meet achieve this honor.
Osterlnad will return next season with five of her other top seven runners, losing the contributions of senior Kennedy Howell who was the five man for the Cats for most of the season.
The team hopes to reach a little further next season and grab a spot in the top four in the region after finishing one spot behind a trip to Columbus as a team this year.