The St. Therese cross country team started the 2012 campaign on a winning note, collecting a first-place and two second-place finishes at the Holmes Licking River Run.
The boys' elementary team bested four other teams to claim the overall with a team score of 42 points. Leading the Mustangs was Grant Uhlenbrock, who won the event in convincing fashion, covering the 1-mile course in a time of 6:57.52. Brennan White and Johnny Powers, both competing in their first cross country races, finished 9th and 10th respectively, while third-grader Will White came home in 14th and second-grader Ryan Barth, also competing in his first race, crossed the line in 19th to round out the St. Therese scoring. Nathan Wood finished 30th, Ethan and Charlie Ford, both in their first contests, finished 34th and 42nd, respectively, and Luke Schneider came home in 53rd position.
The girls' elementary team finished second overall, but received some terrific performances from first-time runners. Veteran Sarah Bertsch paced the Mustangs with her second-place finish, traversing the 1-mile course in 7:25.82. Right behind her was newcomer Maria Broering, who finished third in 7:26.24. Another pair of first-time runners, Olivia Whitehead and Natalie Barth, finished 9th and 10th, respectively, and Brooke Bihl finished 18th to round out the top five scorers for the Mustangs. Olivia Hart, in her first race, finished 20th, Madison Quandt was 25th, Emmy Osburg, another newcomer, was 27th, and Olivia Hoffstedder was 33rd.
The girls' middle school team also finished second overall and was paced by Maddie Mariani, who covered the 1-mile course in 8:04.62 to finish 7th overall. Jeanna Carr was 9th and Madison Boberg was 11th. Sarah Krebs finished 18th. Madelyn Yeager was 22nd, and Ryann Kramer came home in 23rd.
The boys' middle school team had just four runners, but three of those medaled. Kevin Kreutzer led the Mustangs in 7th place with a time of 6:49.31. Adam Uhlenbrock finished 11th and Jacob Barth, in his debut, finished 20th. Josh White, another newcomer, finished 37th.
The elementary teams will compete in the Mustang Stampede on Wednesday, September 5, at the Southgate Community Center, and then the fullm squad will travel to the Grant County Invitational on Saturday, September 8.