Cross country: Minster girls repeat as D-III state champs


Anna’s Steinke finishes 1st in D-III girls race, Fort Loramie girls 2nd

By Mark Altstaetter - For AIM Media Midwest



Minster's Taylor Roth runs during the Division III girls race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz. Roth finished 18th in 19:10.

Minster's Taylor Roth runs during the Division III girls race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz. Roth finished 18th in 19:10.


Jackelyn Johnson | AIM Media Midwest

Anna junior Paige Steinke runs during the Division III girls race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz. Steinke finished first in 17:46.


Kateri Sherman | Sidney Daily News

Fort Loramie’s Camille Borchers runs during the Division III girls race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz. Borchers finished ninth in 18:41.


Kateri Sherman | Sidney Daily News

Botkins’ Keaton Schnippel runs during the Division III boys race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz. The Trojans finished fourth. Schnippel finished 41st in 16:53.


Kateri Sherman | Sidney Daily News

Botkins' Carson Brown runs during the Division III boys race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz.


Kateri Sherman | Sidney Daily News

Botkins' Grant Flora runs during the Division III boys race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz.


Kateri Sherman | Sidney Daily News

Anna's John Young runs during the Division III boys race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz.


Kateri Sherman | Sidney Daily News

Fort Loramie's Adam Ballas runs during the Division III boys race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz.


Kateri Sherman | Sidney Daily News

Botkins' Alaina Mann runs during the Division III girls race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz.


Kateri Sherman | Sidney Daily News

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


Kateri Sherman | Sidney Daily News

Fort Loramie's Colleen Borchers runs during the Division III girls race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz.


Kateri Sherman | Sidney Daily News

Fort Loramie's Camille Borchers runs during the Division III girls race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz.


Kateri Sherman | Sidney Daily News

Anna's Paige Steinke shakes hands with a medal presentator following the Division III girls race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz.


Kateri Sherman | Sidney Daily News

Fort Loramie cross country runners celebrate while hoisting the Division III state runner-up trophy following the Division III girls race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz.


Kateri Sherman | Sidney Daily News

Minster and Fort Loramie cross country runners pose after finishing first and second in the Division III girls race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz.


Kateri Sherman | Sidney Daily News

Minster’s cross country runners celebrate while hoisting the Division III state championship trophy on Saturday at Fortress Obetz. It’s the program’s second consecutive title and 15th title overall.


Jackelyn Johnson | AIM Media Midwest

OBETZ – Minster junior Maggie Hemmelgarn knew she might have a long road for recovery, after she suffered a stress fracture at last year’s state track meet.

In 2021, as a sophomore, Hemmelgarn helped lead Minster to a Division III state cross country title, when she placed third overall in 18 minutes, 23.1 seconds on the 5,000-meter course at Fortress Obetz and Memorial Park in Obetz.

However, despite not being able to race this fall until the Midwest Athletic Conference Championships on Oct. 15, Hemmelgarn led Minster to its second consecutive Division III state title Saturday at the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s cross country state championship meet at Fortress Obetz and Memorial Park.

At Saturday’s Division III race, Hemmelgarn placed 17th in 19:06.3 to lead Minster to another state title; it’s the 15th in program history.

The top 30 placers in each race on Saturday earned all-Ohio status.

“It’s incredible,” an elated Hemmelgarn said after Saturday’s race. “At the beginning of the year, I had a stress fracture. So, I didn’t know if I was going to make it down here. So, I was grateful for every opportunity to run with the team. … It’s an incredible feeling.

“It’s been a little bit of a struggle with getting back to racing at the end (of the regular season). It feels good; and I’m grateful to be able to run.”

Longtime Minster girls head coach Jessie Magoto said Hemmelgarn’s season was in question for quite a while.

“She was only allowed to step on land in August,” Magoto said. “Her first race was our league race. So, there was no training plan for how it went toward the end. We had no idea, week to week (on her future). But she is tough as nails. It’s just unbelievable at what she has done.”

Minster successfully defended its title Saturday, outscoring second-place Fort Loramie, 63-119. Colonel Crawford (164), West Liberty-Salem (183) and Liberty Center (184) rounded out the top five squads in the 20-team field.

Rounding out the rest of Minster’s runners Saturday were Taylor Roth (18th, 19:10.8), Chaney Cedarleaf (23rd, 19:26.2), Maria Niekamp (27th, 19:39.2), Annie Hemmelgarn (39th, 19:59), Morgan Ketner (60th, 20:21.2) and Ava Stammen (87th, 21:03.3).

Roth, one of two seniors for Minster, said this season’s state championship was extra special. Roth was part of three state cross country championships during her high school career. This past spring’s state track-and-field meet, Roth won the Division III state title in the 800 meters.

“Being a senior, it’s a little more meaningful. … It’s meaningful every year, but with me being a senior, this is the last one for me,” an emotional Roth said.

Added Magoto, “The goal was to leave it all out there. I just told them that no matter what, that it is going to be OK. … I’m so proud of these girls.”

Anna junior Paige Steinke won Saturday’s girls Division III race in 17:46.1. Last season, Steinke placed 49th (19:51.3) at the state meet.

“I can’t believe it. … I’m just lost on words,” Steinke said. “I’m just really thankful for what I have. You just can’t take anything for granted. I just didn’t think I could do it. I was hoping to get on the podium, or maybe top five.”

Fort Loramie junior Camille Borchers led the squad by finishing ninth in 18:41. Lauren Moore finished 36th in 19:52, Harley Eilerman finished 43rd in 20:02, Colleen Borchers finished 48th in 20:09.2 and Ariel Heitkamp finished 69th in 20:36.

Botkins sophomore Alaina Mann finished 12th in 18:52 while junior Brittany Arnold finished 20th in 19:12.

Botkins boys finish 4th

Botkins’ boys squad finished fourth in the Div. III state cross country race on Saturday in Obetz.

Senior Keaton Schnippel led the Trojans by finishing 41st in 16:53. Parker Schnippel finished 49th in 17:03, Carson Brown finished 70th in 17:18, Collin Doseck finished 74th in 17:22 and Carter Pleiman finished 80th in 17:25.6.

Anna junior John Young finished 42nd in 16:54. Fort Loramie’s Adam Ballas finished 60th in 17:12.2. Minster’s Jack Grieshop finished 84th in 17:28.

Minster’s Taylor Roth runs during the Division III girls race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz. Roth finished 18th in 19:10.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2022/11/web1_2022-Regional-Cross-Country-Meet-10-29-2022-6.jpgMinster’s Taylor Roth runs during the Division III girls race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz. Roth finished 18th in 19:10.Jackelyn Johnson | AIM Media Midwest

Anna junior Paige Steinke runs during the Division III girls race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz. Steinke finished first in 17:46.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2022/11/web1_IMG_7810-copy.jpgAnna junior Paige Steinke runs during the Division III girls race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz. Steinke finished first in 17:46. Kateri Sherman | Sidney Daily News

Fort Loramie’s Camille Borchers runs during the Division III girls race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz. Borchers finished ninth in 18:41.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2022/11/web1_IMG_7447-copy.jpgFort Loramie’s Camille Borchers runs during the Division III girls race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz. Borchers finished ninth in 18:41. Kateri Sherman | Sidney Daily News

Botkins’ Keaton Schnippel runs during the Division III boys race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz. The Trojans finished fourth. Schnippel finished 41st in 16:53.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2022/11/web1_IMG_6195-copy.jpgBotkins’ Keaton Schnippel runs during the Division III boys race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz. The Trojans finished fourth. Schnippel finished 41st in 16:53. Kateri Sherman | Sidney Daily News

Botkins’ Carson Brown 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/47/2022/11/web1_IMG_6225.jpgBotkins’ Carson Brown runs during the Division III boys race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz.Kateri Sherman | Sidney Daily News

Botkins’ Grant Flora 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/47/2022/11/web1_IMG_6339.jpgBotkins’ Grant Flora runs during the Division III boys race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz.Kateri Sherman | Sidney Daily News

Anna’s John Young 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/47/2022/11/web1_IMG_6626.jpgAnna’s John Young runs during the Division III boys race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz.Kateri Sherman | Sidney Daily News

Fort Loramie’s Adam Ballas 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/47/2022/11/web1_IMG_6668.jpgFort Loramie’s Adam Ballas runs during the Division III boys race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz.Kateri Sherman | Sidney Daily News

Botkins’ Alaina Mann 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/47/2022/11/web1_IMG_7951.jpgBotkins’ Alaina Mann runs during the Division III girls race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz.Kateri Sherman | Sidney Daily News

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/47/2022/11/web1_IMG_8005.jpgBotkins’ Brittany Arnold runs during the Division III girls race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz.Kateri Sherman | Sidney Daily News

Fort Loramie’s Colleen Borchers 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/47/2022/11/web1_IMG_8133.jpgFort Loramie’s Colleen Borchers runs during the Division III girls race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz.Kateri Sherman | Sidney Daily News

Fort Loramie’s Camille Borchers 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/47/2022/11/web1_IMG_8329.jpgFort Loramie’s Camille Borchers runs during the Division III girls race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz.Kateri Sherman | Sidney Daily News

Anna’s Paige Steinke shakes hands with a medal presentator following the Division III girls race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2022/11/web1_IMG_8916.jpgAnna’s Paige Steinke shakes hands with a medal presentator following the Division III girls race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz.Kateri Sherman | Sidney Daily News

Fort Loramie cross country runners celebrate while hoisting the Division III state runner-up trophy following the Division III girls race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2022/11/web1_IMG_9158.jpgFort Loramie cross country runners celebrate while hoisting the Division III state runner-up trophy following the Division III girls race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz.Kateri Sherman | Sidney Daily News

Minster and Fort Loramie cross country runners pose after finishing first and second in the Division III girls race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2022/11/web1_IMG_9294.jpgMinster and Fort Loramie cross country runners pose after finishing first and second in the Division III girls race in the state cross country meet on Saturday at Fortress Obetz.Kateri Sherman | Sidney Daily News

Minster’s cross country runners celebrate while hoisting the Division III state championship trophy on Saturday at Fortress Obetz. It’s the program’s second consecutive title and 15th title overall.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2022/11/web1_2022-State-Cross-Country-Meet-11-5-2022-6.jpgMinster’s cross country runners celebrate while hoisting the Division III state championship trophy on Saturday at Fortress Obetz. It’s the program’s second consecutive title and 15th title overall. Jackelyn Johnson | AIM Media Midwest
Anna’s Steinke finishes 1st in D-III girls race, Fort Loramie girls 2nd

By Mark Altstaetter

For AIM Media Midwest

Sidney Daily News sports editor Bryant Billing contributed to this report. Billing can be reached at [email protected]

Sidney Daily News sports editor Bryant Billing contributed to this report. Billing can be reached at [email protected]