After qualifying for the Division III state cross country meet as a freshman, Genoa sophomore Carly Gose would like nothing better than to take the two-and-a-half hour trip again.
Gose finished 13th at the regional meet in Tiffin last year and was 83rd at the state meet in Columbus. This season, she's looking to improve upon those results.
Gose has been consistently finishing in the top 10 in major invitationals that feature 150 to 200 runners. She was seventh (20:11) at the Lakota Invite, ninth (21:23) at the Cardinal Stritch Invite and sixth (20:07) at the Clay Eagle Invite.
“It’s going pretty well,” Gose said. “I’ve just got to keep improving. I just want to make it to state again and break the school record (19:42).”
There are about a half-dozen local runners that have a legitimate shot at making it to state. Clay has two elite runners in Erin Gyurke, who finished eighth in Division I last year, and Haley Hess, Eastwood is led by Maddie Jackson and Hannah Sponaugle and Woodmore's Courtney Burner and Oak Harbor's Trinity Gephart also have a solid shot at qualifying.
Gose’s coach, Brian Tucker, is well known in the cross country and track circles, having coached at Bowling Green for 41 years.
While at BGHS, Tucker, who taught U.S. Government and American History, led the girls’ cross-country team to a record-setting five-year run from 2002-06. During that span, the Bobcats won three consecutive state titles (2003-05), and also finished in second ('06) and ninth place ('02).
Because of his success, Tucker was inducted into the Ohio Association of Track & Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame.
“I like (Coach Tucker) a lot,” Gose said. “He’s doing a good job. He’s got a really good background. He coached at Bowling Green High school and won three state titles. He’s been coaching for over 40 years.”
Gose, who hopes to run in college, stays in shape during the winter playing basketball, running track in the spring and trains five to six days per week during the offseason.
In track, Gose was an All-Ohioan last spring as she competed in the 800, 1,600, 3,200 and 4x400 meter relay, which got her honored at halftime of a Comet football game. She stormed onto the scene last year, setting two league records at the Northern Buckeye Conference meet, winning the 800 (2:17.45) and 1600 (5:19.01) in convincing fashion.
This past weekend, Gose competed at the Fostoria Invite and will run at the NBC meet this coming weekend, and then the district and regional meets later this month.
Gose's brother, Casey, is a senior at Genoa, where he excells at football, basketball and baseball. Earlier this season, in the Comets' 63-7 win over Oak Harbor, he scored a touchdown four different ways — rushing, receiving and on a punt and kickoff return.
Casey and his sister owe some of their success to their father, Michael. Michael, a 1989 Genoa graduate, was a standout athlete for the Comets, competing in football, basketball and baseball. He currently works as a physical therapist.