Fostoria Invitational Recap

Lilly chases down one last runner on her way to a lifetime PR
Lilly chases down one last runner on her way to a lifetime PR
Brendan works on a couple runners from Carey on his way to a season best time
Brendan works on a couple runners from Carey on his way to a season best time
Viking girls at the starting line, getting pumped for their race
Viking girls at the starting line, getting pumped for their race

Recap:

We’ll be honest: we as a team had a virtual X through this line on our schedule because it hasn’t been a successful meet for us the past several years. The weather was always terrible, it was a long drive, and nobody really liked the course because times always seemed slow.  So it was no surprise that there were mixed emotions going into this race by many of our high school athletes as we made the trek down to Fostoria.  As is true of our sport though, great races can happen at unexpected times in unexpected places.  Our runners, spurred by a later morning run and perfect weather, ran with perseverance and mental toughness. It truly was a beautiful day to run!

Smashing his time by 21 seconds and leading the way for the Viking boys was Phoenix VanOstrand with a time of 19:29. Following close behind and running a season best time was Brendan Miller with a time of 20:48. John Ruth took 46 seconds off his lifetime best with a time of 23:09. Jared Mitchey also ran a lifetime best with a time of 25:00. Pete Simon ran one of his best times of the season with a 30:22.

Grace Bryson led the way for the girls with a time of 23:24. Lilly Kuszmaul took 14 seconds off, setting a new personal best time of 23:57 and breaking through the 24:00 barrier. Running with solid effort were Alexis McCormick with a time of 28:39 (just 8 seconds off her PR) and Hannah Klebold (34:33 and battling through a tough leg injury).

Jared pushes hard to the finish line
Jared pushes hard to the finish line
Grace holds off one last surge from a competing runner, beating her at the line
Grace holds off one last surge from a competing runner, beating her at the line
Jared and John working through the field
Jared and John working through the field
Coach Hesson and Grace give the boys some last minute info before their race
Coach Hesson and Grace give the boys some last minute info before their race
The high school boys get ready for their start in Fostoria
The high school boys get ready for their start in Fostoria

Here are the overall results for the High School:

Last Name First Name Finish Place
VanOstrand Phoenix 19:29 64
Miller Brendan 20:48 106
Ruth John 23:09 141
Mitchey Jared 25:00 153
Simon Pete 30:22 166
Bryson Grace 23:24 38
Kuszmaul Lilly 23:57 46
McCormick Alexis 28:39 98
Klebold Hannah 34:33 117

Full Event Results are available on Baumspage.

(Thanks to Coach Hesson, Theresa Bryson and Robin Mitchey for photos)

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