St. Xavier Emerges With Narrow Win In GCL South CC


Posted on 10/18/2016 at 1:54 p.m.

La Salle’s Anneken Sets Pace, Bombers Place Five In Top 10

St. Xavier, the defending league champion, claimed five of the top 10 spots to post a narr0w two-point victory over La Salle in the Greater Catholic League South Division Cross Country Championships held Saturday morning at The Golf Center at Kings Island in Mason – earning the Bombers a successful defense of the title for the fifth consecutive year, a GCL South record.

La Salle senior Brad Anneken covered the 5K course that was home for the Moeller Primetime Invitational in late August, in a GCL-South best 16:01.5, helping La Salle finish with 31 points, right on the heels of St. Xavier’s winning 29.  Elder (78) and Moeller (100) rounded out the scoring.

Ursuline Academy captured first place in the Girls’ Greater Catholic League Championship, which also was held Saturday over the Bruin course.  Ursuline, which finished with 59 points, was followed by St. Ursula (69) and Seton (81).

Austin Angeline led the balanced St. Xavier finish, coming in second with a time of 16:06.8.  He was joined in the top 10 by teammates Chris Reischel (fourth), 16:16.5; Jonathan Stansbury (fifth), 16:20.0; Will Morgan (eighth), 16:31.5; and Peter Dauenhauer (10), 16:43.7.

In addition to Anneken, who was named the GCL South Runner of the Year for his efforts, La Salle had three other runners finish in the top 10:  Frank Pierce (third), 16:12.5; Nick Wuestefeld (sixth), 16:24.8; and Jason Handley (ninth), 16:35.1.  Elder’s Eric Ostertag was the lone runner not from St. Xavier or La Salle to finish among the race leaders, at seventh in 16:28.3.

It was a good day on all levels for St. Xavier, which also captured the Junior Varsity and Freshman titles.  Bombers coach Andy Wietmarschen was named the GCL South Coach of the Year.

Up next for the GCL South teams is the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I Southwest District Championship, to be held Saturday at Voice of America Park in West Chester.  The race begins at 10 a.m., with the top four teams advancing to the regional meet on Saturday, October 31, at Troy High School.