St. Xavier Wins District Cross Country Title


Posted on 10/2\6/2015 at 11:51 a.m.

Bombers Place Four In Top 10, La Salle Finishes Second

Four St. Xavier runners finished in the top 10 Saturday at Voice of America Park in West Chester, helping the Bombers finish ahead of La Salle and claim the championship in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I Southwest District 2 Cross Country Championships – earning both St. Xavier and La Salle a berth in this Saturday’s regional meet at Troy High School.

Junior Chris Reischel paced St. Xavier, covering the 5K course in a time of 16:04.8 to finish second, while Bombers’ senior Austin Angeline finished a few seconds back, in 16:07.8, to come in third.  Reischel and Angeline were joined in the top 10 by teammates Jonathan Stansbury (8), 16:24.4 and Will Morgan (10), 16:31.2.  Sophomore Peter Dauenhauer rounded out the scoring for St. Xavier, finishing 13th with a time of 16:47.6.

Dustin Horter of Lakota East finished first in the second of two races, covering the 5K course in 15:11.3.  La Salle had three runners finish among the leaders, paced by senior Brad Anneken, the GCL South Runner of the Year, who came in fourth with a time of 16:15.7.  He was followed by teammates Nick Wuestefeld (6), 16:23.6 ,and Frank Pierce (9), 16:30.3.

St. Xavier finished with 36 points, followed by La Salle (54), Lakota East (75) and Oak Hills (102), as the top four teams advance to the OHSAA Region 4 Championships.  The Division I race begins at 3 p.m., with 16 schools competing to earn one of four berths up for grabs to compete in the OHSAA Division I Cross Country State Championships set for Saturday, November 7 at National Trail Raceway in Hebron.

In the GCL South Cross Country Championships held one week earlier at The Golf Center at Kings Island, only two points separated St. Xavier and La Salle, with the Bombers holding the narrow edge, 29-31.  Annekan was the race winner, followed by Angheline, Pierce, Reischel and Stansbury rounding out the top finishers.  In that race, St. Xavier (5) and La Salle (4) had nine of the top 10 finishers.

Elder was the lone GCL South school to run in the first district race at Voice of America Park, where the Panthers finished fifth with a score of 144.  Mason was the race one winner, with 30 points, followed by Sycamore (55), Anderson (130) and Kings (134) advancing to the regional meet.  Senor Eric Ostertag turned in Elder’s best finish, coming in at No. 18 with a time of 16:45.7.

Moeller ran in the second race with St. Xavier and La Salle, and the Crusaders wound up in eighth place with a score of 232.  Junior Jacob Weisgerber posted Moeller’s best time in the race, coming in at No. 27 with a time of 17:10.2.