Otsego Invitational Recap

2016 Otsego Augie 2
Augie comes up out of the water on the way to a strong finish

Recap: This season features three new invitationals, and Otsego was first on the list. This is a long-established meet featuring a few of our NWOAL teams, so it was a great chance to switch things up from the norm.  From a course standpoint, this meet offered a little of everything: trails, hills, water, open grass.  The only challenge was figuring out the course as it involved multiple loops on two different sides of the course (some parts of which were not very well marked). Despite the challenges the course posed, we still had eight out of the fourteen Viking runners set a new personal record.

For the boys team, the varsity runners finished eighth overall out of eleven teams.  Ben set a new freshman record with his 17th place overall finish, and Alex also set a new PR. In the JV race, all four Viking runners set new personal bests; Gavin and Augie took 2:40 and 1:25 off their PR’s, respectively!

On the girls side, we had a small team this week as several runners were out for the fair or other important events.  Sarah set a new PR with her 19th place finish despite losing several seconds on one of the aforementioned poorly marked spots on the course (she was not alone as Alexis too lost critical time on a course error).  Hannah pushed to better her previous PR that went all the way back to last year’s Archbold meet.

Here are the official results for the High School:

Last Name First Name split Finish Place
Majewski Alex 7:42 23:04 68
Mitchey Jared 8:12 24:25 71
Pollard Thomas 7:21 21:47 58
Rhodus Gavin 9:34 27:08 32*
Ruetz Chandler 7:37 22:47 66
Ruth John 7:45 22:29 65
Schwan Ben 6:17 18:49 17
Simon Pete 9:28 28:22 36*
Tipping Augie 7:26 22:04 23*
Utz Ashton 10:13 27:30 34*
VanOstrand Phoenix 6:31 19:43 37
Klebold Hannah 10:03 30:32 55
McCormick Alexis 12:23 35:05 61
Schwan Sarah 7:14 22:31 19

* High School JV Race

Another week, another improvement as a team.  These runners continue to work hard every day, and their work continues to show up on race day.

Full Event Results are available on Baumspage.

Up Next: The high school has a weekend off before heading to Ottawa-Glandorf on 9/17, while the middle school travels to Archbold next Saturday.

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