OMS Dutchgirls claim New Haven XC team title

Will Johnson
Sports Editor

NEW HAVEN — If Saturday’s middle school results from the New Haven Cross Country Invitational are any indication, the future of Owensville Dutchmen and Dutchgirl cross country looks very bright.

Opening the day of racing with the middle school girls, Ilene Limberg’s fifth-place time of 10:40.66 paced the OMS Dutchgirls.

Also helping Owensville (71) edge Hermann (75) atop the middle school girls team standings were Jasmine Duncan (18th), Hannah Stoker (21st), Lauren Kandlbinder (23rd), Peyton Weinland (34th), Katelyn Holtzer (36th), Ayla Schmanke (37th), Macee Ritter (45th), Katie Schnelting (46th) and Shae Schnelting (52nd).

Rounding out the middle school portion of racing, Tony Terry’s OMS Dutchmen nearly made it a clean sweep of the team titles.

In spite of placing second to Union, Owensville eighth grader Bobby Coello made a move late in the race before crossing the finish line in a first-place time of 10:12.44.

Helping OMS (47) finish behind Union in the team standings were Ethan Harris (15th), Felix Guerrero (18th), Tristan Davis (21st), Aiden Schoen (22nd), Xavier Bayless (28th), Nick Abel (31st), Jayden Barnett (38th), Landon Kramme (44th) and Andrew Blankenship (53rd).

For Matt Candrl’s high school squads, it was their second race of the season Saturday at New Haven following their opener last Tuesday in Arnold.

Looking to leave New Haven with yet more hardware, the varsity Dutchgirls (83) were edged out by one point placing second to Father Tolton’s Lady Trailblazers (82).

Kendra Hults (5th, 21:04.74) and Mekayla Gibson (6th, 21;05.21) paced the Owensville varsity girls as medalists.

Sophia Ashner just missed the medals with a 16th-place time of 21:51.06. Also helping score for the Dutchgirls were Arissa Huff (32nd), Kierra Finn (35th), Katie Candrl (38th) and Macy McKinney (47th)

In the JV boy’s race, Freddy Zheng (3rd), Harm Rademacher (6th) and Braedn Stone (10th) all earned medals while Austin Terry was the lone varsity Dutchmen medalist finishing seventh.