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Gibsonburg's boys cross country team was a regional qualifier for five straight years until that streak was broken in 2008.

"I think they're more motivated to get there this year," veteran coach Beth Kohler said. "We graduated five of our top seven from the (2007) team, so we definitely thought last year would be a learning experience.

"This year, our top four have come in ready to run. I have a lot of young runners this year. This is the biggest team I've ever had (in 22 years). We have 19 boys, and for the younger runners it's been a gradual thing."

The Golden Bears will try to win their first Suburban Lakes League title in several years when the league meet comes around Oct. 17. The Bears were third last season and took fourth in 2007, the same year they won the Division III district title.


Lake’s Powell first at Lakota Invite, SLL Jamboree
Lake senior Zack Powell went through the mile with three other runners, but by at the two mile he was all alone and pushing to the finish to win the Lakota Invitational's large school division 5K cross-country race in 16:04.

Senior teammate Louis Szilagyi set a personal best by finishing in sixth place in 16:58. Sophomore Nathan Scanlan again set his personal best by placing 29th overall in 17:52. Sophomore Riley Breese and junior Steve Stanley rounded out the Flyers scoring in 63rd and 92nd place of 185 runners. Freshman Drew Northcut, Trevor Walsh, and Tyler Coutcher all set personal records during this race as well. The Flyers finished in sixth place in the team race out of 16 teams.

At the second Suburban Lakes League cross country Jamboree held at Elmwood, Powell took charge at the 1½ mile mark to finish in first place overall. Szilagyi placed fifth overall, Scanlan and Breese finished in 13th and 29th. Stanley rounded out the Flyers scoring by placing 40th overall. The Lake boys team placed third of seven teams competing, just missing second by four points.


Genoa football coach Mike Vicars knows this much about Eastwood senior

running back Cody Seifert.

"He's the fastest kid in the league," Vicars said.

Seifert will use his speed to test Genoa's stingy defense when the two Suburban Lakes League teams square off Oct. 2 in Genoa.

Seifert (5-10, 170) was a state-placer in the 100-meter dash at the Division II state track and field meet as a sophomore, and he was a state qualifier again last spring.

"We won't have anybody who can catch him," Vicars said. "He's faster than Blair (Skilliter, former Genoa back). He is a hard runner and he's not the only weapon they have. Obviously, he's one of their primary weapons. If he slips past the line of scrimmage, we'll have a hard time catching him. We have to keep him pinned in, which most teams haven't been able to do."


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