Versailles cross country runner Joe Spitzer wins his 3rd consecutive MAC championship


COLDWATER – Versailles’ Joe Spitzer won his third consecutive Midwest Athletic Conference cross country championship on Saturday in Coldwater.

Spitzer won the high school boys race, which included 134 runners, with a time of 15:54.42. The Versailles senior beat St. Henry’s Devin Huelskamp by more than 56 seconds for the conference championship.

As a team the Versailles boys finished third in the conference standings behind champion Minster and runner-up St. Henry. Parkway finished fourth, New Bremen finished fifth, Coldwater finished sixth, Marion Local finished seventh, Fort Recovery finished eighth, and New Knoxville finished ninth.

Following Spitzer, Versailles’ Brooks Blakeley finished 16th overall in 17:50.27, Matt Cromwell finished 21st in 18:35.12, Stuart Baltes finished 22nd in 18:35.50, Brian Heitkamp finished 29th in 18:45.12, Noah Barga finished 30th in 18:46.50, Ryan Subler finished 34th in 19:01.00, Jarrett Petitjean finished 41st in 19:16.02, Alex Brewer finished 46th in 19:19.74, CAden Schulze finished 52nd in 19:38.55, Logan Miller finished 53rd in 19:38.84, Adam Gehret finished 54th in 19:41.21, Andrew Cotner finished 61st in 20:05.34, Kyle Wuebker finished 62nd in 20:07.34, Alex Barga finished 63rd in 20:09.81, Xavier Grillot finished 72nd in 20:31.40, Jarret Barga finished 73rd in 20:33.40, Cody Williams finished 81st in 20:52.37, Ben Rose finished 83rd in 20:53.72, Owen Schultz finished 84th in 20:54.02, Don Juan finished 103rd in 22:28.71, Mitchell Huelskamp finished 104th in 22:29.12, Gavin Bolin finished 115th in 23:46.62, Janathan Nelson finished 119th in 24:00.21, Dylan Meyer finished 120th in 24:00.80, and Adam Cordonnier finished 132nd in 29:40.09.

Versailles’ girls finished fourth in the conference standings behind champion Minster, runner-up Coldwater and third place St. Henry. Marion Local finished fifth, Fort Recovery finished sixth, New Bremen finished seventh, Delphos St. John’s finished eighth, Parkway finished ninth, and New Knoxville finished 10th.

Kenia McEldowney led the Versailles girls by finishing 15th overall in 20:24.87. Also for the Lady Tigers, Maria Mangen finished 27th in 21:11.38, Liz Watren finished 29th in 21:13.34, Dana Rose finished 32nd in 21:24.22, Hannah Bey finished 37th in 21:47.71, Emma Peters finished 42nd in 21:59.81, Kennedy McEldowney finished 43rd in 22:01.96, Tori Schulze finished 50th in 22:17.59, Briana Graves finished 51st in 22:24.03, Emma Gasson finished 55th in 22:45.40, Renea Schmitmeyer finished 59th in 22:51.81, Lauren Menke finished 62nd in 22:55.18, Kari Mangen finished 63rd in 22:58.00, Hallie Mills finished 66th in 23:01.41, Colleen Gehret finished 73rd in 23:10.21, Natalie York finished 76th in 23:14.25, Sarah Hess finished 77th in 23:20.72, Kennedy Hughes finished 86th in 24:03.00, Jada Barlage finished 98th in 24:54.41, Amber Barga finished 105th in 25:20.53, Brooke Timmerman finished 116th in 26:03.75, Kylie Lyons finished 131st in 27:15.15, Hannah Lyons finished 134th in 27:27.11, Anna Gehret finished 135th in 27:28.62, Chloe Grillot finished 142nd in 27:50.24, Megan Rismiller finished 160th in 30:02.52, Elizabeth Didier finished 166th in 36:32.62, and Kristen Gower finished 167th in 37:09.15.

Minster’s Emma Watcke won the high school girls race, which included 167 runners, in a time of 18:48.78.

For complete results from the MAC cross country meet, visit


By Kyle Shaner

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