The Tribe finished eighth overall with a score of 234. Only the top four teams and the top 16 individuals from each of the four Regional events qualify to go to Columbus, leaving the team on the outside looking in. But did I mention that 16 individuals thing?
Wauseon WILL be represented in Columbus…and represented well.
Despite the fact that the team failed to break the barrier to get to the State Finals, Quintin Reiser qualified to advance as an individual, and he qualified in a big way. Reiser finished first at the Tiffin event, but there was more than just a top finish to the run of the Champion of the Tiffin Regionals. His time of 15:59.38 was not just the fastest in Tiffin, it was the only sub-16:00 timing in all of Ohio D-II. 512 of the finest D-II runners were competing in four sites across the State of Ohio. Of those 512 runners, 511 finished behind Reiser. That performance earned him a spot in the field in Columbus on November 2.
If he can repeat or improve upon this feat, he’s also going to have a lofty spot reserved for him on the podium at race’s end.
The following Wauseon finishes were recorded by place and time…
8 – Wauseon – 234
1 – Quintin Reiser – 15:59.38
* D-II State Qualifier *
47 – Wade Hodges – 17:26.97
63 – Caleb Blanchong – 17:43.80
69 – Justin Mourguet – 17:52.52
89 – Josh Collins – 18:18.85
93 – Aaron Beck – 18:21.03
118 – Kyle Knierim – 19:13.88