Girls Cross Country and Boys runner, Bryson Simpson (‘20) competed in Columbus this past weekend for the State meet. Gilmour has competed at states for the past 10 years in a row, 15 times overall, which is the fourth longest streak in any Ohio division.
Mr. Matt Lindley, Head Coach Boys & Girls Varsity X-Country, said, “I’m very proud of our record. It’s very difficult for teams to qualify at the state level year after year. This year’s runners are exceptional, and they represent our tradition of excellence.”
Lancers compete in the OHSAA State Championship.
The Lancers traveled to Hebron, Ohio on Friday, November 1, to compete against the best runners in the state. According to Coach Lindley, “In the girls race, Gilmour was eleventh after the first mile. They were up to eighth by mile two and finished just one point from seventh.”
Kaitlin Rulison (`23) finished her freshman season with a 55th place finish. Mary Lombardo (’22), Jorja Hlifka (’20), Catrina Barton (’21), Mia Polisena (’22), Ava Moe (’22) and Nina Padanilam (’22) all competed well, according to Coach Lindley, with many in-career or season-best times.
Bryson Simpson Runs for Boys Cross Country at States.
Simpson (’20) was the sole boy to make it down to states. A three-time qualifier, Simpson experienced a collision in the woods after the first mile. According to Coach Lindley, “In the spirit of a true veteran, Bryson regrouped over the last mile and moved up about 30 places to finish 58th place overall.”
At Regionals, Simpson set a new personal best of 17 minutes and half a second. Simpson said, “I kept on thinking to myself, ‘I actually did it.'”
Simpson had been to states before with his teammates during his first year as a sophomore and last year as a junior. “So I’m going 3 for 3 for Cross Country state appearances,” Simpson said.
Lancers Took Over the District.
The Lancers successfully won the Division III District championship that was held in Medina. There were a total of 16 teams, and the Gilmour team included: Catrina Barton (‘21), Kaitlyn Rulison, Jorja Hlifka (‘20), Mary Lombardo (‘22), Mia Polisena (‘22), Nina Padanilam (‘22), Edith Tomasek (‘23).
There Is No “I” in Team
Cross Country coach, Mr. Matt Lindley said, “The girls ran together at first and then went their own ways” which led to all the girls finishing top 19 individually from a total of 89 runners, and in 1st place as a team.
Barton led the team by finishing in first place, with a time of 20 minutes and 23 seconds. The points are equal to the place runners finish, then officials count the places of the top five finishers on the team, and whatever team has the least amount of points wins. Gilmour amassed a total of 51 points and achieved first place.
Future Years Look Good for the Lancers
Barton said, “We will miss senior, Jorja Hlifka, but the team has to step up and fill her shoes.” Mr. Lindley added, “There is a lot of talent for years to come on this team, our sophomores and juniors are stepping up, and Amy Weybrecht moves up to high school next year.” In 8th grade, Weybrecht (‘24) finished in 6th place overall in the state for girls.