St. Xavier Looks To Defend State Cross Country Title


Posted on 11/5/2020 at 7:15 a.m.

Bombers Have Captured GCL, District And Regional Titles In Last Month
It has been quite a fall for the St. Xavier cross country team, which has won the Greater Catholic League South Division championship, the Southwest District meet held two weeks ago and, most recently, the Troy Regional run last Saturday at Troy Memorial Stadium.  All that remains now for the Bombers is to successfully defend their Division I state title, which they will attempt to do Saturday at the Ohio High School Athletic Association I State Cross Country Championships.
The DI boys’ race will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Fortress Obetz, a multi-purpose sports complex located on the southeast side of Columbus.  The facility, which features 50 acres and includes Memorial Park, opened in 2017 on the site of former Columbus Motor Speedway.  Fortress Obetz also will host the OHSAA State Football Championships later this month.
If the Bombers performance in its last three meets is any indication of the team’s chances to repeat, coach Andy Wietmarschen should feel quite confident.  In the regional, seniors Nathan Mountain (15:24.4) and Conor Bohrer finished 1-2 for the first time in the meet since  2013, when St. Xavier also held the top two spots.  The Bombers again had a solid team finish, with Tim Foster at No. 13, Colin Sams at 17, Johnathan Vonderhaar at 22, Nate Stieger at 38, and Will Goodrich at 42.
As a team, St. Xavier finished with 49 points, followed by Lakota West with 59, Beavercreek 80, Mason 125, and Loveland 168.
One week earlier, St. Xavier begin its state title defense by winning the district meet at Voice of America Metro Park in West Chester.  Mountain led the pack, finishing in 14:53.3, and the Bombers had seven of the top 10 finishers in the race to win the championship for the fifth straight year.  Like in the regional, Bohrer came in second, Foster fifth, Sams sixth, Vonderhaar seventh, Goodrich eighth, and Stieger at No. 10.  
The Bombers got warmed up for the postseason in the GCL Championships that were held at Christ’s Church in Mason on Saturday, October 17.  Mountain also set the pace here in helping St. Xavier to its 10th straight league championship.  Mountain had plenty of help from his Bomber teammates, as St. Xavier crossed the finish line with the top six finishers on the 3.1-mile course.
The Bombers had the first six finishers cross the finish line in the varsity race, with Moeller junior Jameson Maynes coming in seventh, the first non-Bomber to finish.  All were named to the GCL South first team, with Mountain earning Runner of the Year honors for the second consecutive year, and St. Xavier coach Wietmarschen being named Coach of the Year.