Greene County News
RIVERSIDE — The Carroll boys cross country team continued its dominance of the Greater Catholic League, placing six of seven runners in the top 10 en route to a sixth-straight title.
Carroll had 23 points to easily distance itself from second-place Hamilton Badin (49) and third place Dayton Chaminade Julienne (94). It was the 10th time in the last 11 years the Patriots won the GCL and the 24th league title in team history.
Senior Mike Laughlin ran a personal-best 15:56 in winning the race. He was named GCL Runner of the Year and earned first team All-GCL honors. Laughlin was the runner-up last season and the champ in 2014, while earning first-team All-GCL honors for four years. Brad Klingbeil was third in 16:34; Grant Arnold fifth in 16:40; Karl Grossman sixth in 16:41 and Jason Dong eighth in 16:43 to round out the scoring for Carroll. Klingbeil, Arnold and Grossman were first-team All-GCL. Dong and Sam Janson, who ran 10th, were second-team All-GCL, while Mike Ciesko, who ran 16th, was honorable mention.
The Carroll girls had five in the top 14 and ran second behind Kettering Alter, which scored 42 to win by two points. The Patriots have finished first or second in seven out of the last nine years. Claire Farrell was fourth in 20:18; followed by Maria McCarty, who was sixth in 20:36; Paige Wright, eighth in 20:51; Devyn Harvey, ninth in 20:53; and Meghan Schrand, 13th in 21:02. Farrell and McCarty were first-team All-GCL, while Wright, Harvey and Schrand were second-team. Kesla DeWall (22nd) was honorable mention All-GCL. Amanda Devillier ran 31st for Carroll.
The Carroll men’s reserve team won the GCL Championship with 19 points to finish ahead of Badin (36) and Cincinnati McNicholas (109). This was the 11th year in row the Patriot boys reserve team has won the GCL Championship. Spencer Valentine (17:23) was the individual champion in the reserve race. Casey Manos was second in 17:28; Zach Merz third in 17:31; David Berent fifth in 17:58; Colin Maxwell eighth in 18:11); Zach Howey 13th in 18:51; and Michael Osgood 15th in 19:12. Carroll had several others run the reserve race as well: Jarred Weitz (19:20); Justin Koesel (19:27); Andrew Connair (19:28); Daniel Kilby (19:33); John Mack (19:49); Andrew Madison (19:59); Luke Wittmann (20:12); Brady O’Bleness (20:17); Dean Larkin (20:28); Karl Kiesel (20:31); Jacob Westgerdes (20:43); Alan Alvarez (21:06); James Dewall (21:12); Brian Quiroz (21:18); Matthew Mattamana (21:24); Todd Jokerst (21:39); Francis Slagley (21:47); Joe Wittman (22:15); Tommy Deep (22:35); Dario Jackson (23:52); Colin Czyzak (24:01); Jamee Wise (24:02); John Mattamana (24:55); and Calvin Cusack (26:57).
The Carroll girls reserve team finished second with 44 points behind Alter (15). Madi Giner was sixth in 22:54; Elizabeth Connair seventh in 23:26; Sophia Murray eighth in 23:29; Annie Bete 11th in 24:11; Rebecca Barbaro 12th in 24:20; Breana Devillier 16th in 24:39; and Marina Sorrell 21st in 25:26. Other runners included Taylor Smith (26:29); Regan Holkema (28:40); Victoria Hart (29:25); Emma Howey (29:27); Maria Brossart (30:19); Grace Huntz (32:43); Katie Kiesel (33:02); and Harley Miniard (35:40).
The varsity teams will compete in the Division-II district championship Saturday, Oct. 22 at Cedarville University. Girls run 11:30 a.m., boys at 12:15 p.m.
Gazette news report compiled by Scott Halasz.