2022 Putnam County High School/Middle School Cross Meet
Much cooler conditions greeted the runners of Putnam County Saturday morning as the four schools competed in the Putnam County Cross Country Meet at South Putnam.
North Putnam took home both boys’ team titles while Cloverdale won the high school girls’ race, the Clovers’ fourth win in a row.
Cloverdale’s Ella Szczerbik claimed a career sweep of the county title, winning the high school girls’ race in 22:14 over teammate Abigail Nees (22:54); the pair, along with fellow senior Daphanie Geiger (24:31; sixth), also completed a career sweep of county titles as teammates.
Greencastle’s Charlie Menzel won his third-straight high school boys’ county title, clearing teammate and runner-up Landon Miller by 30 seconds with a winning time of 17:02.
Tiger Cub Caleb Edwards won a competitive middle school boys’ race in 11:39 while Colleen Bossnack won the girls’ middle school race by nearly two minutes, crossing the line in 12:29.
The high school boys’ team race broke evenly between North and South Putnam with Brayden Monnett (17:58) and Jeremiah Miles (18:05) finishing third and fourth for the Cougars.
Equally as important were Corie Stancombe (18:56) and Elijah Harless (19:34) finishing seventh and ninth, each in front of an Eagle runner, with Thomas Nelson (20:03) securing the team title by finishing in 11th place. Kaleb Walton (21:31) finished 17th while Owen O’Hair (23:54) finished 27th.
Keaton Chew (18:20) and Dunkin York (18:41) finished fifth and sixth overall for South Putnam with Gabe Feltner (19:00) finishing eighth, Evan Hinkle (19:47) 10th overall and Harry Eaglin (21:06) finishing 15th. Noah Couch (21:39) was 18th while Landon Chew (22:39) was 20th, Isaac Boyce (22:59) was 22nd, Emilio Gallegos (23:15) finished 24th and Gunner Roach (23:41) finished 25th.
Despite Menzel and Miller going 1-2, Greencastle was third overall with Daniel Dinn (21:22) the next in in 16th place, followed by Isaac Hertenstein (22:59) in 21st and Jeremiah Weir (23:09) in 23rd.
Cloverdale was paced by Carson Hall (20:13), Matthew Miller (20:21) and Jacob Miller (20:39) finishing 12-14th, followed by Spencer Nees (22:26) in 19th and Tanner Trammell (23:48) in 26th.
In the high school girls’ race, following the senior trio of Clovers was Olivia Hemmerling (25:37) in seventh, followed by Ludovica Savoiani (27:47) in 13th and Hannah Baker (28:41) in 15th.
North Putnam was paced by Jacy Huffman (23:23) and Maddie Trent (24:09) in third and fourth place with Brooke Hensley (26:06) finishing eighth, Alaina Chew (26:20) placing 11th and Erica Zatorski (32:32) in 19th.
South Putnam was leg by Elise Kendall (24:19) in fifth place with Stevie Kennan (26:14) placing 10th overall. Hope Taylor (26:49) finished 12th, followed by Molly Trammell (28:33) in 14th, Jasmine Guzman (29:03) in 16th, Bailey Haddon (30:48) in 17th, Sarah Hichman (32:15) in 18th and Addison Gibson (34:20) in 20th.
Greencastle Meredith Ball (26:12) finished ninth overall.
Unlike the stacks in the high school races, all four county schools were represented in the top-four of the boys’ middle school race with North Putnam’s Edrien Sobrino-Behler (11:48) finishing as runner-up to Edwards, South Putnam’s Isaac Garner (11:51) third overall and Cloverdale’s Jayden Armstrong-Diggs (11:58) finishing fourth.
The Cougars grabbed three of the next four spots, though, with Gavin Oakley (12:24) and Corbin Conner (12:28) finishing fifth and sixth while Atticus South (12:39) was eighth. Zane Eakle (12:28) finished 1th with Adam Grajewski (14:48) 17th, Eli Rheno (16:26( 21st and Sebastian Burns (23:37) 26th.
Gavin Tyson (12:43) was ninth and Mason Jedele (12:46) 10th overall for the Tiger Cubs with Griffin Beasley (13:18) and Wilson Hecko (13:21) finishing 13th and 14th. Jack Gilbert (15:34) finished 18th and Adam Kaste (19:29) finished 24th.
Trey Schabel (12:31) finished seventh while Bradyn Schabel (13:08) finished 13th for Cloverdale with Titus Trammell (16:23) crossing in 20th and Nicholas Day (17:00) 22nd.
Bryan Bye (12:59) crossed in 11th for South Putnam with Paxton Church (13:48) 16th, Peyton Carr (19:25) 23rd and Levi Couch (19:49) 25th overall.
Behind Bossnack in the girls’ middle school race was Eagle Becca Patterson (14:24) in second, followed by a four-pack of Cougar runners in Brooklyn Sutherlin (15:24.1), Natalia Grajewski (15:24.9), Callie Prows (16:56) and Valirae Hanger (17:03), finishing third through sixth, with Clover Adryana Oberkrom (17:22) seventh and Tiger Cub Addi Jones (17:32) eighth. There was no girls’ team title as no school had five runners.