Parkway Cross Country Team Participates in State Championship Meet
By: PHS Senior Caleb Rollins
On November fifth, The Parkway boys cross country team capped off an excellent season with an eleventh place finish at the OHSAA Division III State Championship Meet at National Trail Raceway in Hebron. The runners at Hebron—where only the top seven were allowed to compete—included: Ben Schlemmer, Matt Gaerke, Kyle Roth, Aaron Bruns, Reid Etzcorn, Caleb Rollins, and Bryce Lowery. In addition to these seven, Andrew Baughman, Trey Ransbottom, Reece Luginbill, Jacob Haver, and Wesley Ford competed with the team during the regular season. The cross country team qualified for the state championship meet by placing fourth at their regional meet in Tiffin. On top of becoming the first cross country team from Parkway to qualify for the state championship, the cross country team celebrated many other accomplishments, which include: placing second at the MAC championships with three first team all-MAC runners, placing third at districts, and winning four large invitationals. Congratulations to the athletes and coaches. None of these accomplishments would have been possible without your hard work and dedication. The Parkway community is very proud of these accomplishments, which they have shown through their support over the season.
The cross country team would like to thank the Parkway community for their support over the course of the season. On top of the parents—who were steadfast in their commitment to attending every meet and supporting their children—many other community members came to the meets to cheer on the cross country team. Even though the state meet was nearly three hours from Rockford, a large crowd of Parkway supporters traveled to Hebron to support the cross country team. As a member of the cross country team, I greatly appreciated this support, which extended beyond the meets. Over the course of the season, people would congratulate me almost everywhere I went for the cross country team's success. This near constant encouragement kept me focused and positive over the season was instrumental to my success and the success of the team as a whole.