Casey Kropka, Morgan Luedy Head To State Cross Country Meet Saturday

By Payton Shays
Record Sportswriter

The New London Cross Country teams traveled to Boardman on Saturday to compete in the regional meet.

Senior Casey Kropka and Sophomore Morgan Luedy both finished in 11th place overall which was good enough to qualify for the State competition on Saturday in Columbus.

The top 16 competitors go on to run at State.

Kropka finished with a 17:04 and Luedy came in with a 20:23.

"It was a bittersweet ending to the season I get to finish my running career at the state meet, any runners dream, but I don't get to finish my career with my team so it's really sad," Kropka stated.

"The season though was a very successful one, we kept our streak in conference alive and we made it to regionals as a team," he concluded.

This course is known to be slower than many others which may have affected some of the runners' times.

Both teams fought hard and each grabbed a sixth place finish in the meet. There were 16 teams in total and the top four teams travel to State.

Following behind Kropka was Alex Copley who competed in the final race of his career as a New London Wildcat. He finished in 19th place with a time of 17:16.

Coming in next for the Cats was Senior Miklos White who also competed in his final race as a Wildcat. White finished with a final time of 18:13.

Finishing off the top seven for the varsity boys was Tate Given (18:25), Trevor Reed (18:33), Jacob Obermiller (18:53), and Dylan Kipp (19:06.)

Following behind Luedy in the girls race was sophomore Eden Copley who finished in 24th place with a time of 21:01.

Kara VanGilder came in after Copley with a time of 21:32. Senior Isabelle Maiani came in next with a 21:45 in her final career race.

The final three girls included Kennedy Howell (22:56), Sidney Allen (23:03), and Senior Hannah Crawshaw in her last race finishing with a time of 23:18.

The girls cross country team finished this year as Firelands Conference champions, district champions, and a sixth place finish at regionals.

This year the Boys took their ninth consecutive Firelands Conference title, finished as district runner-up, and also placed sixth at regionals.

The seniors on the girls team this year included Hannah Crawshaw, Jamie Schmidt, Isabelle Maiani, and Megan Curtis.

On the boys side the seniors were Miklos White, Casey Kropka, Alex Copley, Neil Lane, and Alex Crawford.

Casey and Morgan will travel down to the National Trail Raceway in Hebron on Saturday to compete in the State competition.

Casey runs at 11:00 and Morgan will start at 1:30.

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