Versailles’ Joe Spitzer wins MAC cross country championship


COLDWATER – Versailles junior cross country runner Joe Spitzer won a Midwest Athletic Conference championship on Thursday in Coldwater.

Joe Spitzer finished first among the 127 runners in 16:00.30, defeating St. Henry’s Devin Huelskamp by more than 48 seconds for the championship in the high school boys race.

As a team the Versailles boys finished fourth behind champion St. Henry, runner up Parkway and third place Minster. Marion Local finished fifth, Fort Recovery was sixth, Coldwater was seventh, and Delphos St. John’s finished eighth.

Versailles finished third in the high school girls race behind champion Minster and runner up St. Henry. Coldwater finished fourth, Marion Local was fifth, Fort Recovery placed sixth, New Bremen was seventh, St. John’s finished eighth, Parkway was ninth, and New Knoxville finished 10th.

Liz Watren led the Versailles girls by finishing 12th overall in a time of 19:41.41. Also for the Lady Tigers, Megan B. Rismiller finished 14th in 19:58.58, Hannah Bey finished 18th in 20:22.28, Kara Spitzer finished 20th in 20:24.30, Emma Peters finished 22nd in 20:28.50, Brynna Blakeley finished 23rd in 20:28.84, Kenia McEldowney finished 25th in 20:38.09, Hannah Rose finished 30th in 21:09.40, Tori Schulze finished 31st in 21:13.24, Dana Rose finished 37th in 21:38.02, Skyler Clune finished 45th in 22:01.37, Emma Gasson finished 47th in 22:04.65, Kari Magen finished 50th in 22:12.28, Lucy Prakel finished 53rd in 22:26.02, Olivia Waymire finished 57th in 22:46.28, Kara Langenkamp finished 59th in 22:50.18, Heather Albers finished 60th in 22:52.78, Colleen Gehret finished 63rd in 23:08.40, Natalie York finished 69th in 23:22.43, Jada Barlage finished 71st in 23:27.62, Sarah Hess finished 75th in 23:52.72, Kylie Lyons finished 97th in 24:58.24, Amber Barga finished 98th in 24:59.59, Megan Rismiller finished 106th in 25:50.74, Jaden Prenger finished 107th in 25:55.34, Natalie Wuebker finished 113th in 26:11.43, Hallie Mills finished 132nd in 28:28.87, Kayla Bruns finished 134th in 28:57.56, Jenna McClure finished 138th in 29:57.72, Sarah Cordonnier finished 139th in 30:20.12, Janelle Hoelscher finished 142nd in 30:40.46, Elizabeth Didier finished 147th in 31:54.36, and Nicole Gower finished 149th in 39:33.00.

Minster’s Emma Watcke won the high school girls race, which included 149 runners, with a time of 18:56.53.

Following Joe Spitzer for the Versailles boys, Noah Pleiman finished fourth overall in 16:57.72, Brooks Blakeley finished 27th in 18:08.56, Stuart Baltes finished 28th in 18:25.75, Mitchell Huelskamp finished 29th in 18:26.15, Jacob Wenig finished 43rd in 18:52.88, Caden Schulze finished 47th in 18:58.68, Alex Brewer finished 50th in 19:02.43, Brody Hyre finished 53rd in 19:05.56, Adam Gehret finished 58th in 19:17.50, Ben Rose finished 65th in 19:36.66, Brian Heitkamp finished 67th in 19:48.62, Ben Hole finished 76th in 20:25.44, Luke Shellhaas finished 82nd in 20:36.22, Kyle Wuebker finished 85th in 20:42.75, Logan Miller finished 86th in 20:44.91, Dylan Johnson finished 87th in 20:51.69, Alex Barga finished 88th in 20:52.00, Jarrod Wagner finished 90th in 20:53.34, Justin Besecker finished 91st in 20:54.02, Blake Schulze finished 98th in 21:31.38, Lucas Perasoli finished 106th in 22:10.50, Aydan Moran finished 111th in 23:16.18, Dylan Meyer finished 113th in 23:17.93, James McClure finished 114th in 23:31.44, Tyler Pleiman finished 122nd in 27:01.18, Andrew Harshbarger finished 123rd in 27:31.19, and Adam Cordonnier finished 126th in 28:55.81.

For complete results from the MAC cross country meet, visit

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By Kyle Shaner

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