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Monday 17 October 2022

Selina’s Dameron gets her third consecutive WBL Championship title

by Gary R. Rasberry

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Selena’s Kylie Dameron (2745) leads Ottawa-Glendorf’s Alexa Furtmann (2784) during the Western League girls’ race in Ottawa. Dameron won the race for her third consecutive title.

OTTAWA — Selena’s Kylie Dameron was ahead of Alexa Furtman in the two-mile Western Buckeye League high school girls’ race.

Demron wasn’t interested in letting her get close, as she dropped the last mile and became a three-time Western League champion on Saturday at Memorial Park in Ottawa.

Damron, who finished second as a freshman before taking the title as a sophomore and junior, started in the pack as runners hit the first mile and on a loop through the park. After passing the two-mile mark, Dameron was just a few steps ahead of Fortman, the Division II state champion last spring in the 400- and 800-meter races.

But as fans gathered along the finish line, Dameron was more than five seconds in front, crossing the line in 18:54.53 with Fortman finishing second for the second consecutive season at 18:59.97.

“I tried to keep a steady pace and get faster as I went,” said Kylie Dameron after taking a break to watch my teammates finish the match. “I knew I had to get a good gap (between her and Furtmann). I knew the last 800 I had to kick it hard.

“It feels good,” she said upon winning the league title for the third time. “I like the cooler weather (was in the mid 40’s and brisk at the time of the race) and the competition. More often than not this year I haven’t had a lot of competition. After that helps a lot. Plus it’s a league meet.”

Shawnee’s Molly Stamp and Alaina Williams were third and fourth with OG’s Madelyn Hovest fifth. Sixth-to-12th place All-WBL first-team honorees went to Kenton Addy Mann, Selena’s Genale Dameron, Shawnee’s Gina Stamp, Shawnee’s Keira Welch, Kenton Lea Harder, Elida’s Emily Durham, and Myra Horvath from defiance.

Saint Marys’ Lauren Schloemer just missed the first team finish of 13 to earn honorable mention honors. Teammates Maria Gotti and Peyton Gable were 15th and 19th respectively to also earn honorable mention honors. Zoey Aukerman just missed out on an honorable mention for finishing 25th.

The girls’ team title race was a battle between host Ottawa-Glendorf and Shawnee, with the Titans winning at their home run by a score of 63-66. Selena is third on 96 with Kenton fourth on 108 and St Mary’s fifth on 128. Van Wert (134), Van Wert (134), Defiance (153), Wabakonita (176) and Elida (216) round out the lead for Bath. Not sending a whole team.

The boys titans swept the high school running back titles for the win with 72 points. Bath was second with 91 with Van Wert third with 96. Shoni (100), Defiance (121), Wabakoneta (124), Selina (131), St Mary’s (147), Kenton (233) and Elida (315) Rounding arrangement.

Noah Williams of Shawnee, runner-up in the race a season ago as a sophomore, won in a time of 16:13.77, nearly 12 seconds ahead of runner-up Ty Rosengarten of OG. Shawnee’s Carter Cleaves was third with Wapakoneta’s Axton Fosno fourth and Van Wert’s Owen Scott crossing fifth.

Photo by Gary R Rasberry/The Daily Standard

Tyler Burt runs in Saint Marys at the WBL cross country meet.

The 6th through 12th place finishers to take all WBL honors are Defiance’s Josiah Gonzalez, Van Wert’s Drew Ludek, St. Marys’ Tyler Burt, Jacob Wireman, Selina Cullen Boening, OG’s Ty Buckland, and St. Marys’ Calvin Morris. Selena’s Conor Krugman finished third to earn the honorable mention as Tye Drexler just missed out on the 22nd in the 24th.

Photo by Gary R Rasberry/The Daily Standard

Celina’s Colin Buening earned All-WBL honors with a 10th-place finish in the league meet.

Selena won the junior high school boys’ title with 25 points with St. Mary’s finishing fifth. Gavin Lubke of St. Marys won the two-mile race in 11:19.10, just two seconds ahead of Selena’s Caleb Dameron. Selena’s Caleb Lehmann was third with teammate Harrison Doublet fifth. Selena’s Cole Boening finished 10th.

Van Wert won the girls’ junior team title with 54 points. Selena finished eighth with Sainte-Marie finishing ninth. Lorelei Clifford and Alica Bridge were Selena’s top performers at 28th and 29th, respectively. St. Marys drove in Casey Regidans’ 34th.

Cross country postseason starts next Saturday. Selina and St. Mary travel to Columbus Grove for their Section Two meeting.

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