Sports round-up 11.03

Written by David Green.

FAYETTE CROSS COUNTRY: Fayette senior Darrell Randall turned in his best regional time ever Saturday at Tiffin—in fact, his best time anywhere—to place sixth and qualify for the state meet one final time.

Randall will take his third straight trip to Scioto Downs on the south side of Columbus for one last attempt at achieving all-state honors. The Division III boys race kicks off the tournament at 11:05 a.m.

Randall turned in a 16:23 Saturday, a vast improvement over last year’s regional run.

“He looked a lot better,” coach Bryan Stambaugh said. “His goal was 16:10 and if he can do that Saturday, he should be on podium.”

There’s room for only 16 runners on the all-state podium.

“With his strong showing Saturday, I feel pretty confident he can do it,” Stambaugh said. “I’ve never seen him as focused as he is this year.”

Since Sept. 18, Randall won every race he competed in through districts, Stambaugh said, and he has one last opportunity to move up.

A lot depends on how the competition runs. Four Div. III athletes finished under 16 minutes around the state.

Stambaugh said his boys team ran well at regionals, showing strong improvement from a year ago. Tim Stoltzfus and Tyler Keefer both shaved a minute off their regional run in 2009.

Trevor Cox placed 65th at 17:42, followed by Stoltzfus (91st, 18:21), Dalton Goeltzenleuchter (104th, 18:35), Keefer (111th, 18:50), Dusty Lantz (121st, 19:38) and Clay Burkholder (126th, 20:11).  Hunter Colegrove didn’t compete due to an ankle injury.

Delta won the meet with an average team time of 16:37. Fayette placed 14th, averaging 17:58—down from 19:03 last year.

Sophomore Melani Seiler turned in her career best, but that wasn’t good enough in the touch regional competition. Her 20:16 was good for 22nd place.

Fourteen runners completed the race in under 20 minutes, and only the top 16 advance. Ottoville’s Shayla Siefker was the regional champion at 19:09.

“I was disappointed that she didn’t advance,” Coach Stambaugh said, “but I was glad to see her have a competitive day like Darrell had.”

Stambaugh said Seiler didn’t have the killer instinct at the start of the season, but he watched it develop after she beat Pettisville’s Tanner Hostetler the first time.

Even after she beat Hostetler a second time, Stambaugh told her, “I haven’t seen your best yet.”

Seiler was a distance runner last spring on the track team, Stambaugh said, and she’ll have to decide where she would like to compete next year.


MORENCI CROSS COUNTRY:

It was a day of firsts for Morenci cross country teams.

Senior Tyler Guelde, competing for his first season, qualified for the state meet Saturday. Freshman Mariah Gillen did the same.

Guelde runs at 10 a.m.—the first race of the day Saturday at Michigan International Speedway—and Gillen’s run gets underway at 11 a.m.

Guelde placed seventh at the regional run and produced his best time on the Hudson course at 17:29.

“He looks to be peaking at the right time,” coach Brad Brown said.

Concord standout Spencer Nousain, a junior, won the race at 16:14, with the next closest competitor crossing the line at 16:41.

Based on regional times—run on nine different courses—Guelde stands at number 38, Brown said, so he’ll have to improve on his season best to qualify for all-state honors (top 30 runners).

“Just qualifying for the state is a great achievement,” Brown said.

Coach Brown figures Luke Spaulding would have qualified if had equalled his best of the season, but breathing problems held him back. Spaulding, a sophomore, finished 30th at 18:38.

His brother, Jake, took 43rd at 19:06, followed by senior Micah Gillen (47th, 19:22), junior Logan Drummond (63rd, 20:01) and freshman Reagan Stowell (69th, 20:24).

The Bulldogs finished seventh overall with an average time of 18:55. Concord won the regional title.

Mariah Gillen just barely made the top-15 cut for the state run. She was in 13th place coming down the final hill to the finish line when two runners passed her.

She isn’t a sprinter, Brown said, and she pushed hard to hold her 15th spot.

“That’s a good accomplishment for a freshman and it will be a good experience for her. I’m really happy for her. She worked hard to get in.”

Homer’s Amanda Reagle was the girls champion at 20:24.

  • Play Practice
    DRAMA—Fayette schools, in conjunction with the Opera House Theater program, will present two plays Friday night at the Fayette Opera House. From the left is Autumn Black, Wyatt Mitchell, Elizabeth Myers, Jonah Perdue, Sam Myers (in the back) and Lauren Dale. Other cast members are Brynn Balmer, Mason Maginn, Ashtyn Dominique, Stephanie Munguia and Sierra Munguia. Jason Stuckey serves as the technician and Trinity Leady is the backstage manager. The plays will be performed during the day Friday for students and for the public at 7 p.m. Friday.
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    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
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    CLEARING THE WAY—Road crossings in the area on the construction route of the Rover natural gas pipeline are marked with poles and flags as preliminary work nears. Ditches and field entry points are covered with thick planks in many areas to support equipment for tree clearing operations. Actual pipeline construction is progressing across Ohio toward a collecting station near Defiance. That segment of the project is expected to wrap up in July. The 42-inch line through Michigan and into Ontario is scheduled for completion in November. The line is projected to transport 3.25 billion cubic feet of natural gas every day.
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    ON THE MOVE—Six goslings head out on manuevers with their parents in an area lake. Baby waterfowl are showing up in lakes and ponds throughout the area.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Front.teacher Leading
    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.poles
    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
  • Face Paint
    FUN NIGHT FUN—Savanna Miles sits patiently while Abbie White works on a face paint design Friday during the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Gracie Snead watches the progress after having spent time in the chair. Abbie was one of several volunteer painters, each creating their own unique look. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.

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