Saturday, September 29, 2018 11:10 pm
Bellmont boys, Norwell girls win NE8 cross country titles
The Bellmont boys cross country team won its first NE8 conference title Saturday at Huntington University with 62 points. Columbia City was second with 78 points and Huntington North took third with 90 points.
Kyle Lawson led the Braves with a sixth-place finish in 16:39. Nevin Ryan finished 8th in 16:51. Teammates Blaine Johnson finished 12th, Jordan Garlinger 17th and Isaac Fuelling 19th. Emerson Brown was 20th in 17:20. Nick Corral took 29th in 17:45. Columbia City's Landon Wakeman won the race in 16:18, followed by teammate Nathan Mills in 16:23 and Huntington North's Brock Spahr in 16:28.
In the girls race, Norwell, led by the 2nd-place finish of Sydney Lambert and the 3rd-place finish of Sarah Mahnenesmith, took the championship with a time of 1:42:24.5. Leo finished with a time of 1:43:48.2 to take second and Columbia City placed third with a 1:45:53.0
SAC: Concordia took the conference championship with a time of 1:22:35.6. Reece Gibson was the overall top runner with a time of 15:40. Wilson Whicker finished third and Drake Kropf fifth for the Cadets. Snider took second with a time of 1:23:21.9 behind runner up Jesse Hamlin, who had a time of 15:41. Northrop came in third with a time of 1:27:11.0 behind Husam Saleh's 10th place finish.
Girls cross country
SAC: Bishop Dwenger took the championship with a team time of 1:38:23.1. Concordia came in second with a 1:41:59.9. Bishop Luers placed third with a 1:44:26.6. Dwenger's Erin Strzelecki won the meet with a time of 18:32.
Northop finished in first place at the Southwood Invitational. Despite losing its first match to Goshen 25-15, 25-15, the Bruins rattled off three straight wins to take first. Madison brooks led the Bruins in kills with 33 on the day. Katie Ummel led in assists with 70.