BOTKINS — The Botkins boys and girls cross country squads claimed team championships at the Best in the West Invitational on Saturday.

In the boys race, the Trojans dominated the field by defeating Houston 32-87 for the team title. The rest of the field included Anna (101), Parkway (107), Versailles (127), Wapakoneta (127), Sidney (129), Kenton Ridge (221) and South Dearborn (286). Fairlawn, Jackson Center, Lehman Catholic, Lima Perry, New Knoxville, Piqua and Spencerville did not have complete teams.

The medalist was Lima Perry’s Braden Yingst, who covered the course in 15 minutes, 41 seconds.

Botkins placed four runners among the top ten, including Keaton Schnippel (fourth in 17:20), Shane Weatherhead (sixth in 17:33), Parker Schnippel (ninth in 17:46) and Carter Pleiman (tenth in 17:58). Other competitors for the Trojans were Carson Brown (13th in 18:06), Cole Steinke (14th in 18:08), Grant Flora (15th in 18:08), Austin Rogers (19th in 18:29), Collin Doseck (45th in 19:53), Jacob Grunden (52nd in 20:02), Christian Denning (73rd in 21:56), Jacob Yenser (74th in 22:07), Dylan Topp (88th in 22:53), Ethan Gillette (101st in 23:47), Noah Topp (105th in 24:13) and Alex Beem (123rd in 28:43).

Axton Fosnaugh led Wapakoneta by placing seventh in 17:41. Other competitors for the Redskins were Cash Schadl (16th in 18:17), Grant Honigford (28th in 18:57), Connor Shroyer (42nd in 19:32), Nathan Doll (69th in 21:24), Gavin Sutton (93rd in 23:05), Kolvyn Clausing (94th in 23:10), Christian Augsburger (104th in 24:11), Ethan Cope (106th in 24:17) and Lucas Kline (124th in 30:09).

In the girls race, Botkins edged Anna 53-54 for the team title. The rest of the field included Versailles (60), Parkway (78), Sidney (111), Houston (183), Kenton Ridge (204), South Dearborn (230) and Piqua (235). Fairlawn, Lima Perry, New Knoxville, Spencerville, Troy Christian and Wapakoneta did not have complete teams.

Botkins placed four runners among the top 15, including Brittany Arnold (medalist in 19:19), Alaina Mann (third in 20:13), Malanie Mauer (11th  in 21:35) and Grace Gutman (13th in 21:42). Other competitors for the Trojans were Alaina Jutte (30th in 22:51), Ava Egbert (31st in 22:54) and Alivia Free (51st in 24:10).

Lucia Segura led Wapakoneta by placing 29th in 22:43, followed by Amelia Sammetinger (37th in 23:07), Mariel Augsburger (62nd in 24:48) and Savannah Gallaspie (106th in 33:12).

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