State cross country: Minster girls win D-III state title


Anna’s Hayden Schmidt finishes 2nd in D-III boys race

By Bryant Billing - bbilling@sidneydailynews.com



Minster's Taylor Roth runs in the Division III state championship at Fortress Obetz on Saturday.

Minster's Taylor Roth runs in the Division III state championship at Fortress Obetz on Saturday.


Botkins’ Brittany Arnold runs during the Division III girls race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz.


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Anna's Paige Steinkie runs in the Division III state championship at Fortress Obetz on Saturday.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Minster's Margaret Hemmelgarn runs in the Division III state championship at Fortress Obetz on Saturday.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Fort Loramie’s Claire Rethman runs during the Division III girls race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz. Rethman finished 11th individually in 18:50.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Anna's Hayden Schmidt runs in the Division III state championship at Fortress Obetz on Saturday.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Minster’s Alex Albers runs during the Division III boys race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Fort Loramie's Colten Gasson runs in the Division III state championship at Fortress Obetz on Saturday.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Jackson Center's Kellen Reichert runs in the Division III state championship at Fortress Obetz on Saturday.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Botkins' Keaton Schnippel runs in the Division III state championship at Fortress Obetz on Saturday.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Houston's Hunter Mowery runs in the Division III state championship at Fortress Obetz on Saturday.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Anna’s Hayden Schmidt points towards the sky before having his second place individual medal presented following the Division III boys cross country race during the state meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz. Schmidt finished second in 15:44, a personal record.


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Minster athletes pose with the Division III girls cross country championship trophy during the state meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz. It’s the program fourth state title in the last five years.


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OBETZ — Minster’s girls cross country team ran away to win the Division III title championship on Saturday in the state meet at Fortress Obetz in suburban Columbus.

The Wildcats finished first with 66 points, 42 ahead of second-place Liberty Center. It’s the fourth state title in five years for Minster and the program’s 14th overall.

“A little disbelief. Not that I didn’t think they could do it, but just to watch them do it was exciting,” Minster coach Jessie Magoto said. “It’s going to take a little while to sink in.”

Margaret Hemmelgarn led the Wildcats by finishing third in 18:23. Taylor Roth was ninth in 18:42, Chaney Cedarleaf was 21st in 19:13, Morgan Ketner was 42nd in 19:45 and Cameo Cedarleaf was 57th in 19:59.

“I’m just elated,” Magoto said. “Very happy for them and proud of them. They just believe in each other. They put others before themselves. We watched that in practice all the time. They get more excited to see their teammates do well than themselves. That was really big with this team this year.”

Fort Loramie’s girls squad finished third with 124 points. Anna finished 13th.

Fort Loramie’s Claire Rethman finished 11th in 18:50. Lauren Moore was 27th in 29:26, Ava Turner was 59th in 20:06, Olivia Borchers was 62nd in 20:09 and Harley Eilerman was 88th in 20:33.

Anna’s Paige Steinke was 49th in 19:51. Grace Bensman was 103rd in 20:48, Bethany Althauser was 115th in 21:01, Serenity Williamson was 126th in 21:18 and Hope Bixler was 157th in 22:23.4.

Botkins’ Brittany Arnold finished 18th overall in 19:00.7.

Anna’s Schmidt finishes 2nd in D-III boys race

Anna’s Hayden Schmidt led area runners by finishing second in the Div. III boys race.

Schmidt finished second in 15:44, 15 seconds behind Lima Perry’s Braden Yingst.

“I feel great,” Schmidt said. “I feel happy. I knew it was going to be a battle against Braden. I think I came out with a PR, so that’s great.

“… I knew it was going to be close between Braden and I. I wanted to get first. We’d raced twice before, and he’d beaten me both times. I knew it was still going to be a great race, and anything could happen.”

Schmidt was one of three area boys who finished in the top 10. Minster’s Alex Albers finished sixth in 15:59 and Fort Loramie’s Colten Gasson finished eighth in 16:04.

Fort Loramie’s boys squad came in third with 109 points, 16 behind first-place East Canton and one behind second-place Mount Gilead.

Botkins finished sixth, Minster finished seventh and Anna finished 14th.

Aside from Gasson, Colin Gasson finished 19th in 16:18, Trey Ranly finished 36th in 16:44, Frank Rethman finished 56th in 16:57 and Adam Ballas finished 79th in 17:11.

Botkins’ Keaton Schnippel finished 52nd in 16:55. Carter Pleiman was 81st in 17:14, Parker Schnippel was 82nd in 17:14, Carson Brown was 94th in 17:24 and Shane Weatherhead was 98th in 17:29.

Aside from Albers, Jack Grieshop was 85th in 17:17, Ryan Halpin was 97th in 17:28, Jim Trzaska was 113rd in 17:41 and Tyler Prenger was 114th in 18:23.

Aside from Schmidt, John Young was 110th in 17:38, Noah Deeren was 114th in 17:44, Aaron Haynes was 123rd in 17:48 and Collin Frilling was 142nd in 18:20.

Jackson Center’s Kellen Reichert finished 24th in 16:25, Houston’s Hunter Mowery finished 77th in 17:10 and Russia’s Brayden Monnin finished 99th in 17:29.

Minster’s Taylor Roth runs in the Division III state championship at Fortress Obetz on Saturday.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2021/11/web1_DSC_0713-1.jpgMinster’s Taylor Roth runs in the Division III state championship at Fortress Obetz on Saturday.

Botkins’ Brittany Arnold runs during the Division III girls race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2021/11/web1_DSC_0721-1.jpgBotkins’ Brittany Arnold runs during the Division III girls race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Anna’s Paige Steinkie runs in the Division III state championship at Fortress Obetz on Saturday.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2021/11/web1_DSC_0742-1.jpgAnna’s Paige Steinkie runs in the Division III state championship at Fortress Obetz on Saturday.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Minster’s Margaret Hemmelgarn runs in the Division III state championship at Fortress Obetz on Saturday.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2021/11/web1_DSC_0758-1.jpgMinster’s Margaret Hemmelgarn runs in the Division III state championship at Fortress Obetz on Saturday.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Fort Loramie’s Claire Rethman runs during the Division III girls race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz. Rethman finished 11th individually in 18:50.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2021/11/web1_DSC_0787-1.jpgFort Loramie’s Claire Rethman runs during the Division III girls race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz. Rethman finished 11th individually in 18:50. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Anna’s Hayden Schmidt runs in the Division III state championship at Fortress Obetz on Saturday.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2021/11/web1_DSC_0967-1.jpgAnna’s Hayden Schmidt runs in the Division III state championship at Fortress Obetz on Saturday.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Minster’s Alex Albers runs during the Division III boys race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2021/11/web1_DSC_1020-1.jpgMinster’s Alex Albers runs during the Division III boys race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Fort Loramie’s Colten Gasson runs in the Division III state championship at Fortress Obetz on Saturday.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2021/11/web1_DSC_1023-1.jpgFort Loramie’s Colten Gasson runs in the Division III state championship at Fortress Obetz on Saturday.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Jackson Center’s Kellen Reichert runs in the Division III state championship at Fortress Obetz on Saturday.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2021/11/web1_DSC_1027-1.jpgJackson Center’s Kellen Reichert runs in the Division III state championship at Fortress Obetz on Saturday.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Botkins’ Keaton Schnippel runs in the Division III state championship at Fortress Obetz on Saturday.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2021/11/web1_DSC_1091-1.jpgBotkins’ Keaton Schnippel runs in the Division III state championship at Fortress Obetz on Saturday.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Houston’s Hunter Mowery runs in the Division III state championship at Fortress Obetz on Saturday.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2021/11/web1_DSC_1095-1.jpgHouston’s Hunter Mowery runs in the Division III state championship at Fortress Obetz on Saturday.Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Anna’s Hayden Schmidt points towards the sky before having his second place individual medal presented following the Division III boys cross country race during the state meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz. Schmidt finished second in 15:44, a personal record.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2021/11/web1_DSC_1213-1.jpgAnna’s Hayden Schmidt points towards the sky before having his second place individual medal presented following the Division III boys cross country race during the state meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz. Schmidt finished second in 15:44, a personal record. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Minster athletes pose with the Division III girls cross country championship trophy during the state meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz. It’s the program fourth state title in the last five years.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2021/11/web1_DSC_0956-1.jpgMinster athletes pose with the Division III girls cross country championship trophy during the state meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz. It’s the program fourth state title in the last five years. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News
Anna’s Hayden Schmidt finishes 2nd in D-III boys race

By Bryant Billing

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Sidney Daily News photographer Luke Gronneberg contributed to this report. Gronneberg can be reached at lgronneberg@sidneydailynews.com.

Sidney Daily News photographer Luke Gronneberg contributed to this report. Gronneberg can be reached at lgronneberg@sidneydailynews.com.