Regional Meet Info


Regional Championship Meet Sat. 10/28 (Girls High School)

Results available at

Course maps: Tiffin Regional High School Course

Hedges-Boyer Park
Tiffin, OH 44883
(see parking info below)
$7 spectator charge

9:30am – Bus leaves from High School (est. arrival 11:15am)
1:30pm – Division III Girls Race
4:00pm – Estimated return time
Meet Notes – We are very lucky to be in the Tiffin Regional.  Tiffin hosts one of the largest cross country meets in the country every September, and a bit part of the reason is that the course is excellent.  Whether because of the course itself or because it’s at the peak of the season, this meet brings some of the fastest times for the runners. The varsity girls and coaches are admitted to the meet automatically; all other spectators pay $7 for admission. That includes our varsity boys team, however we are not only encouraging them to ride the team bus with us but the team will also cover their admission.  We expect these boys to qualify for this meet some day, and we want them to get exposure to the experience now.
Spectator Info – This is a fairly spectator friendly course. The start and finish are right in the same area of the park, with the finish actually circling the center field as they come in.  The final quarter mile or so is usually packed on both sides with cheering fans, so it’s a great experience for the runners. As is usually the case, if you’re ambitious and don’t mind some running, you can see the runners on several other parts of the course.  As mentioned above, there is a $7 spectator charge. They have concessions onsite as well as shirts for sale.
Parking – There is no parking at the park itself during the meet and only school transportation will be able to enter the park, so you’ll need to either park on the street (Summit or Coe), the YMCA (Summit) or the United Baptist Church (Coe).

District Championship Info

2015 District boys huddleDistrict Championships Sat. 10/22 (High School only)

Results available at

Course maps: Findlay Owens 5K Course

Owens Community College – Findlay Campus
3200 Bright Road
Findlay, OH 45840

10:00am – Bus leaves from High School (est. arrival 11:30am)
1:00pm – D-3 HS boys race
3:00pm – D-3 HS girls race
7:00pm – Estimated return time (updates to be sent via Remind)
Meet Notes – Our high school team traveled down to Findlay on Tuesday to preview this course.  The verdict: it’s a Northwest Ohio course…flat, open and windy.  In other words, it’s what we train on week in and week out.  The weather forecast is calling for highs in the mid-50’s and windy for Saturday. We are at the peak of our training right now as well, so we’ll see how individual performances turn out.
From a team standpoint though, we are very focused.  The girls team has an excellent shot at advancing to the Regional meet in Tiffin next weekend, but it’s definitely not a given.  There are sixteen schools running; eight of them fielded full teams of at least five runners last week at their respective league meets, and only four teams will advance.  Our girls have had this on their radar for several weeks now, using last week’s league meet as a ramp up.  We are in that point of the season now where it’s place or go home, and these girls are very capable of advancing.  That we’re even talking about advancing just a year after we didn’t even have enough runners to place as a team and lost our top two runners to injury tells you how hard these ladies have worked.
While the boys team is much more of a long shot right now, they are still quite focused on competing at their best. As mentioned last week, they are a very young team so this experience will be invaluable to them in the coming seasons. We will give it our absolute best and see where we land.  Last year, we finished 14th out of 15 teams; this year, we’re looking for the type of continued improvement we’ve seen from them throughout the season.
For parents: We are looking to stop somewhere for dinner after the completion of the girls race and receipt of any earned awards.  As such, the bus will likely not be back to the high school until early evening, so please plan accordingly. We will send out information on where we plan to stop, and everyone is more than welcome to join us in fellowship and celebration.

NWOAL Championship Recap


Recap: What a fantastic way to close out the regular cross country season!  The Viking XC team followed up an impressive performance last week at Hudson with an even more impressive one at the NWOAL Championship Meet.  Out of the 26 runners who participated, we had 20 Personal Records, one season best, five All League performances, four class records and one school record.

The High School girls kicked off the meet with an extremely strong performance. Coming in to the meet, we expected to be competitive with our league rivals, and while a fourth place finish wasn’t quite what we expected it certainly wasn’t because we failed to perform at our best.  Sarah led the Lady Vikes again with a new sophomore record time only a second behind the school record, and in so doing finished atop the NWOAL Second Team All League team. Trinity followed up by tying her season best time just six seconds behind the junior record, putting her at the head of the NWOAL Honorable Mention All League team. Katie and Ashley turned in their usual strong PR performances, with Ashley returning from injury to take almost 40 seconds off her time. Heidi provided one of the most exciting results of the day, smashing through a PR that had stood since her sophomore year prior to injury. She has worked and fought throughout this season, and it was great to see her finally push through to her best run.  Hannah continued her dramatic improvement, taking another full minute off her PR (she has now dropped 5 minutes from Defiance), and Alexis rounded out the Top 7.

The High School boys followed the girls with another great effort in a very crowded field that was almost double the size of the girls race.  Ben bettered his own freshman record in earning a place on the NWOAL Honorable Mention All League team. Phoenix bettered his own PR as well, finishing in the Top 25 in his last NWOAL meet. Kyle PR’d with his second straight sub-20 performance, and Tom and Augie worked together to break the 21-minute barrier for the first time.  Alex ran his personal best for the sixth straight meet, and Chan axed another 41 seconds off his PR. Jared fought through a pretty tough race, just ahead of Ashton who returned from injury to set a new PR. Gavin and Pete finished us out for the Viking Men, with each just missing their personal best from the week before. Overall, the men moved up a spot from last year, finishing in 7th place despite having one of the youngest teams on the course.

Here are the results for the High School:

Last Name First Name Finish Place
Majewski Alex 21:10 70
Mitchey Jared 22:52 83
Pollard Thomas 20:55 65
Rhodus Gavin 23:58 88
Ruetz Chandler 21:18 71
Schwan Ben 18:02 16
Simon Pete 26:27 91
Smith Kyle 19:34 45
Tipping Augie 20:57 68
Utz Ashton 23:20 86
VanOstrand Phoenix 18:33 25
Fritsch Heidi 24:48 35
Fritsch Katie 23:52 30
Garlick Ashley 24:01 31
Klebold Hannah 26:39 40
McCormick Alexis 29:52 45
Schwan Sarah 21:24 8
Welch Trinity 22:32 15

The Middle School runners took the cue from the High School and ran their best.  Kayla took the top spot for the Viking Girls again, taking an impressive 23 second off her previous mark to set a new school record. Kennedy was hot on her heels the whole race, bettering her 8th grade record by an incredible 38 seconds and joining Kayla in claiming NWOAL All League honors. Jolie battled through significant cramps throughout the race to take another 6 seconds off her PR, bringing her total improvement since the beginning of the season to an incredible 6:30!  Izzy rounded out the girls’ effort by taking over minute off her own PR.

For the boys, Chris and Evan again pushed each other from start to finish, with Chris just edging out Evan in the final sprint for a 32 second PR that was over two minutes better than last year’s NWOAL time. Evan was finally able to break through and set a new personal best after chasing all year after last year’s gutsy league meet effort. Owen ran a very strong race, breaking the 15 minute barrier for the very first time, and Will held on despite having an off day to post his second best time ever.

Here are the results for the Middle School:

Last Name First Name Finish Place
Barkhimer Izzy 16:49 43
Gleckler Kayla 13:04 10
Huffman Jolie 16:12 39
Keller Kennedy 13:09 12
Bryson Owen 14:56 48
Hartzell Chris 14:12 37
Pennington Evan 14:16 39
Thomas Will 15:41 52

Again, what a way to close out the regular cross country season.  Great performances all around.

Full Event Results are available on Baumspage.

Up Next: The High School teams travel to Owens CC Findlay campus for the District Championship, with the top four teams and top 16 individuals advancing to Regionals in Tiffin.  Our girls team has an excellent shot at advancing for the first time since 2007, so stay tuned for more information!

Hudson Invite Recap


Recap: Just when we think we’ve seen it all from these runners, they give us an amazing performance like this.  As coaches, we got the feeling that the team in general was a bit fatigued and might not be at their best for this meet; maybe it was all the homecoming hype or just that last trudge through a week of training before the final surge at Leagues and Districts. On top of that, this was a new meet for us on an unfamiliar course.

Well, our feelings missed the mark…by a long shot!  This turned out to be the most successful meet of our season so far in terms of performance.  Out of 25 runners we had 19 PR’s, 3 season best times, 3 class records and one school record!  This was just a great meet all around, especially given how many schools were running.  The Middle School races both included over 250 runners (which made for a consistent string of runners to work on passing!).  Despite the numbers, the races kept pretty close to the official schedule.

For the High School boys team, we continued to close the gap across the varsity squad.  All seven finished under 22:00 for the first time this season, and six of the seven turned in a new PR. Ben returned after missing last week with an injury and lead the varsity team, missing his PR by just four seconds.  Phoenix had a very strong race, falling in with a pack of Defiance runners that kept an excellent, consistent pace.  Tommy and Augie doubled up and ran together pretty much start to finish, with Tommy only just edging Augie at the end.  Likewise, Alex, Chan and Jared stayed in close contact throughout the race.  This type of pack running is an excellent sign of good team running as they worked to a 17th place finish, and it will help even more as they compete going forward.  Three Vikings also ran in the JV/Open race, which in this particular meet included kids, coaches, and even costumes.  Kyle not only accomplished his goal of breaking 20 minutes for the first time, he smashed through it by over 20 seconds. Gavin fought through some leg main to take nearly a full minute off his personal best, and Pete was all smiles on the way to a PR of his own.

The Lady Vikes ran a very strong team race as well. Even missing Ashley this week due to injury, the girls managed a solid 12th place finish. Sarah bettered her own sophomore record with a top 30 finish, while Trinity fought through a difficult second mile to finish in the top 50.  Where Katie and Ashley usually push each other through races (they usually finish within a few seconds of each other), Katie seized the opportunities the course gave her and dropped almost 40 seconds off her best time.  Heidi followed her sister’s lead and posted her best time of the season, just missing her PR.  Hannah turned in another PR performance as a solid number six runner, and Alexis took a huge step forward with a season best time, just missing her PR by nine seconds.

Here are the results for the High School:

Last Name First Name Finish Place
Majewski Alex 21:48 137
Mitchey Jared 21:59 140
Pollard Thomas 21:02 130
Rhodus Gavin 23:56
Ruetz Chandler 21:58 139
Schwan Ben 18:13 44
Simon Pete 26:12
Smith Kyle 19:39
Tipping Augie 21:03 131
VanOstrand Phoenix 18:37 62
Fritsch Heidi 25:34 98
Fritsch Katie 24:00 72
Kelbold Hannah 27:43 116
McCormick Alexis 28:30 123
Schwan Sarah 21:29 27
Welch Trinity 22:50 50

The Middle School races were huge and exciting.  The boys ran an incredibly strong team race. At the beginning of the season, the spread between Chris and Owen was over two and a half minutes.  This weekend, that spread was only 42 seconds, and it wasn’t because Chris had a bad day; both Chris and Owen ran personal bests at Hudson. Moreover, Evan ran a season best, pushing Chris the whole race, and Will saw a lot of hard work in practice pay off as he cut almost two minutes off his PR.

The girls also put in a strong team performance. Kayla finished 7th overall out of 280 runners, setting a new 7th grade and EMS record.  Kennedy fought through to a top 20 finish and a new 8th grade girls record.  Jolie showed great determination moving up to third on the team in this race and taking another minute off her PR (she has now taken over six minutes off her time from her first meet at Lake!). Even with a bit of an off day, Morgan still ran a solid race just 11 seconds off her PR from the week before, and Izzy continued her streak of four straight PR races.  Overall, the girls finished 19th out of 28 teams.

Here are the results for the Middle School:

Last Name First Name Finish Place
Barkhimer Izzy 18:00 185
Foster Morgan 16:56 155
Gleckler Kayla 13:27 7
Huffman Jolie 16:18 126
Keller Kennedy 13:47 17
Bryson Owen 15:27 161
Hartzell Chris 14:45 134
Pennington Evan 14:51 138
Thomas Will 15:16 153

Full Event Results
 are available on

Up Next: NWOAL Championship Meet! This will be the final meet of a great season for our Middle School runners, and the run-up to the District meet in Findlay for our High Schoolers.  Our Viking runners are excited to represent Evergreen and compete against their league rivals!

NWOAL Championship Info


NWOAL Championship Meet Sat. 10/15 (High School & Middle School)

Results available at

Swanton High School
601 N. Main St.
Swanton, OH 43558

8:00am – HS bus leaves from EHS (est. arrival 8:30am)
9:15am – MS van leaves from EHS (est. arrival 9:45am)
10:00am – HS girls race
10:40am – HS boys race
11:20am – MS girls race
12:00pm – MS boys race
1:30pm – Estimated return time

Course maps:
Swanton NWOAL High School Course
Swanton NWOAL Middle School Course

Meet Notes -This is it…the league championship meet! After all the work these runners have put in for the past several months, they finally go toe-to-toe with their NWOAL rivals. One of the great things about the league meet is that we get to preview the course earlier in the season, so the runners are already familiar with the ins and outs of it.  This course is mostly flat with just a few very gradual inclines and declines, so it’s very possible to see some fast times.
We have some talented teams and runners in the NWOAL, but we expect to be competitive.  The top 21 runners in each race earn All League Honors (Top 7 is First Team, 8-14 is Second Team, 15-21 is Honorable Mention). The awards ceremony is at the end of the meet after the Middle School boys race.  The athletes usually have a pretty good time clowning around and even dancing while they wait for the scores and awards to be finalized.  We do of course expect all athletes to remain until the end of the meet.  As this is the last meet of the season for the Middle School, the coaches (and parents) would also like to get pictures of the runners together as a team.
For spectators: The start and finish are both in the same area, and the course takes the runners by that area multiple times, so it’s a very spectator-friendly event.  There shouldn’t be any charge for parking, but be sure to give yourself plenty of time to find a spot at the high school. There will also be concessions, and league meet t-shirts available for $10 (thanks to Brandon Myerholtz for the great league logo design!).

Hudson Invitational Info


Hudson Invitational Sat. 10/8 (High School & Middle School)

Results available at

Course maps:
Hudson High School Course
Hudson Middle School Course

Hudson High School
746 N Maple Grove Ave
Hudson, MI 49247

*NOTE – This meet charges $5 per person for admission

Middle School Schedule
7:00am – Middle School bus leaves (ETA 7:45am)
9:00am – MS boys race
9:30am – MS girls race
11:00am – Estimated HS return
High School Schedule
7:30am – High School bus leaves (ETA 8:15am)
10:30am – HS Varsity boys race
11:30am – HS Varsity girls race
12:00pm – HS JV/Open race
1:30pm – Estimated HS return
Meet Notes – Another new meet for us this season.  This is a long-standing meet with a pretty good reputation, and I know some of our other league teams like Wauseon and Delta have run this meet.  The Middle School race promises to be HUGE as there are 43 schools listed to participate and they run 6th, 7th and 8th graders.  While we haven’t seen the course in person, indications from maps and pictures are that it’s mostly flat with a few small hills. If there is any significant rain in the latter half of the week, it’s a good bet the course will get muddy pretty quickly.
Logistics: As mentioned above, there is a $5 admission fee for all spectators, so please plan accordingly.  We are planning for the Middle School and High School athletes to leave separately for this meet to prevent the former from having to stay an extra three hours after their race.  The overall race schedule appears…aggressive…given the number of schools involved, so I’m skeptical about the ability to keep to that schedule.  For the HS runners, please bear this in mind given whatever Homecoming plans you may have for later in the afternoon.  Just be advised that we do still expect all HS athletes to be there to cheer on the runners in the JV race and help clean up the team camp site before leaving.
*There will be concessions available. However, we ask that athletes have a healthy breakfast that morning and NOT eat concession food until after they have competed. We will have healthy snacks provided by parents; athletes are strongly encouraged to partake of these after competing.

Clay Invitational Recap


Recap: Everybody looks for the PR’s, but sometimes the successes come without flashy numbers no the clock.  This was one of those meets.  We got a pleasant surprise when the weather actually cooperated; instead of a chilly rain, we got a mix of clouds and sunshine with great temperatures.  The course was wet enough from Friday’s rain to be rather muddy in spots, but the athletes said it wasn’t really much of a factor.

The Lady Vikes ran extremely well as a team in this race.  When Sarah and Trin heard slower than expected mile times, then simply shifted focus from hitting a specific time to moving up by places. The ability to recognize early on that a PR is not in not likely and instead refocus on another aspect of the race is an important sign of maturity, and they executed it well.  Katie, Ashley and Heidi were actually at their fastest mile and two mile splits of the season (more on that shortly), and moved up well through the end of the race.  Alexis returned from missing last week with an injury to post her best time of the season. The result of their efforts was a 7th place team finish in a combined Division 2 and Division 3 race.

For the Viking Men, the times tell an interesting story.  We were down three runners this week with Augie, Ben and John out, so all the men ran in the varsity race. Alex cut another 11 seconds off his PR, and Tom and Ashton both tied their PR running the same time as Widewater last week. Jared and Phoenix were 2:39 and :56 faster, respectively, than their times from last year’s Clay meet.

Looking at the mile and two mile splits, nearly every runner on both the boys’ and girls’ teams was ahead of their PR pace (which for many was last week at Widewater). Whereas last week’s course had hills and a water hazard, the Clay course remains completely flat for that final mile.  We did not measure the course, so we can only speculate as to whether the mile marks and overall length were accurate. Regardless, everyone appeared to be running well, and those who did not PR were within 30 seconds of it.

Here are the results for the High School:

Last Name First Name Finish Place
Majewski Alex 22:00 114
Mitchey Jared 23:13 119
Pollard Thomas 21:20 98
Rhodus Gavin 24:47 131
Ruetz Chandler 22:53 118
Simon Pete 27:30 137
Smith Kyle 20:14 73
Utz Ashton 23:24 122
VanOstrand Phoenix 19:09 43
Fritsch Heidi 25:49 62
Fritsch Katie 24:51 49
Garlick Ashley 24:59 50
McCormick Alexis 31:10 88
Schwan Sarah 22:27 16
Welch Trinity 23:13 24

There were a lot of strong finishes that reflect the performances we’ve been seeing during some of our more intense workouts. These Viking athletes are running well and primed to peak at just the right time as we head into Leagues and Districts.

Full Event Results are available on Baumspage.

Up Next: High School and Middle School travel to the Hudson Invitational in Michigan. This is our first time at this meet and should be a great gear up to the NWOAL Championship the following weekend.