DELTA — Bryan junior Joshuah Taylor was runner-up Saturday at the Northwest Ohio Athletic League cross country meet at Delta Municipal Park.
Taylor clocked in at 16:22.32 to finish second in back-to-back seasons and help the Golden Bears finish fourth in the boys team standings with 82 points.
Wauseon’s Braden Vernot won his second straight NWOAL title in 16:01.76 and helped the Indians win the team title 27-62 over Archbold.
“I’m kind of disappointed,” Taylor said of taking second. “Going into this race, I just wanted to get first. Last year I got second, right behind (Vernot).
“It’s a tough course; it’s really tight in some corners so running with a few people kind of slows you down a little bit, but overall, it was a good run.”
Trevor Mason also added a top-ten finish, taking eighth (17:28.20) for the Golden Bears.
Also for Bryan, Xander Fackler was 15th (18:17.80), Blake Grube was 29th (19:34.06) and Parker Rosebrook was 34th (19:54.45).
“We has strong races from Trevor Mason and Xander Fackler,” Bryan coach Matthew Kaullen said. “Xander has really been putting in some good times for us lately, pretty darn close, if not a (personal record), today, but we know he’s in a good spot for districts coming up.”
Rounding out the team scoring was Liberty Center in third (77), Patrick Henry in fifth (111), Evergreen in sixth (159) and Swanton in seventh (174).
On the girls side, Bryan finished sixth out of six teams with 135 points.
Liberty Center, behind three-time individual champ Hope Oelkrug (19:05.49), ran away with back-to-back titles, 22-59 over Wauseon.
Addie Oberlin and Alexis Nieves led the way in 14th and 15th, respectively, for the Golden Bears.
“For them, we were trying to focus on the top 15,” Kaullen said. “They placed in the top (15) and that’s about where we needed them to be today.”
Oberlin ran a 21:32.20, while Nieves was close behind in 21:34.61.
“Time-wise, they’re where we need to be,” Kaullen said. “We feel like we can steal a bit more out of them going into regionals.”
Bryan’s Alyssia Furst was 49th (26:13.18), Makenna Lane was 52nd (27:59.19) and Lydia Psurny was 56th (31:38.57).
Bryan won the junior high girls NWOAL meet with 23 points as Kate Thormeier led the way with a first-place finish in 12:58. Ava Zimmerman (14:09) was third, Ava Lambert (14:17) fourth and Josey Arnold (14:21) fifth for the Golden Bears.
Bryan’s boys junior high team finished fourth, with Nye Bradbee leading the Golden Bears in 13th in 13:22.
Bryan’s high school squads will run in the Division II Ottawa district race Saturday at Ottawa Memorial Park.