By Maryonna Cathey
New London’s cross country teams performed very well when they traveled to Tiffin for the Regional Cross Country meet on Saturday, Oct. 28.
The boys placed second out of 23 teams with a total of 193 runners. Carson Coey finished seventh and placed individually at regionals, with a time of 16:46.18. Curtis Joppeck placed ninth individually with a time of 16:47.20. Court Britt ran a time of 17:21.96 to place 35th. Cole Kropka ran a time if 17:44.79 to place 60th. Dominic Albaugh placed 63rd with a time of 17:47.55. Mitchell Joppeck ran 18:07.25 to place 87th and Austin Reed ran a time of 18:48.99 to place 140th.
Coach Keith Landis said he is very excited for the boys to go to state for the second year in a row and is ready for them “To try to improve last year’s 14th place.” He also stated, “The team has potential to move in the right direction.” It will also be an amazing way to end the season for Court Britt, the teams’ only senior.
The girls team placed eighth out of 24 teams and a total of 204 runners. Kaylin Williams and Gabby Osterland both placed individually. Williams ran a time of 20:10.12 to place 25th and Osterland followed to get 26th with a time of 20:10.62. Abigail Good ran a time of 21:21.23 to place 75th, Dana Gustely ran 21:43.97 and placed 99th. Savannah Shaver ran 22:18.93 to place 130th, Esther Schmidt ran 22:57.43 and placed 161st, and Abbey Keller ran a time of 24:10.05 to place 192nd.
Coach Landis said he is excited for Osterland to go to state for the second time, the first was her freshman year. “It will be all of the other girls first time going to state.” He indicated he is anxious to see how they do and believes they can do very well. His goal for the girls is to get a valuable experience and place in the top half.
“Thrilled” is how Landis described the season. He said, “It has always been our goal to get both the girls and boys teams down to state and they worked very hard to get there.”
Landis expressed appreciation to the community for their support and invite everyone to travel to Hebron State Park in Columbus on Saturday, Nov. 4. The girls run at 11 a.m. and the boys run at 1:30 p.m. Spectators are advised to arrive at the park around 10 a.m., “so you don’t get stuck in traffic and miss the meet.”