Luke See is headed back to the State XC Championships for the second consecutive year after his All-Region performance on Saturday at the OHSAA Regional XC Championships in Tiffin.
See finished 6th overall in the competitive field of the best runners in Northwestern Ohio with a new career best time of 16:15. The Junior did exactly what he did a year ago by putting himself in contention right from the gun. At the first check point 800 meters into the race he was in 8th position with a big pack not far behind. By the time he reached the mile mark he had settled into stride with a competitor from the Ottawa District for 5th and 6th place, where he would stay for the remainder of the race.
See’s sixth place finish was an improvement from last years ninth place finish, which was good enough to qualify him a year ago. “Luke ran the same game plan as a year ago, and again it worked perfectly for him” Coach Ryan Ladd said. “A year ago he was an upset to get in with his ranking being outside of the Top-12, this year he was a true contender that everyone was eyeing. He handled those expectations just as our coaching staff expected”.
Isaac Lindo’s apperance at the Regional Championships made it the first time in 11 years that two Sailors were on the starting line at the Regional Championships at the same time. Lindo ended his career on Saturday by finishing 26th overall (17:00) by turning in his third best time of his career in as many weeks.
“Isaac had one of the most impressive three week stretches out of a senior that I’ve ever seen” Ladd said. “To finish a career with your top three performances in the final three weeks is impressive and tells you a lot about the competitive fire he had in him. I think he left everything on the course today, and there is nothing more rewarding than knowing you gave your best effort on the final race”. Lindo finished his career with a total of four (4) All-SBC finishes, one (1) All-District finish, a Regional Championship apperance, and being one of only seven Vermilion runners to break 17:00 since 2000.
The State XC Championships will be held on Saturday, November 2nd at the National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio. Luke See will compete in the Boys Division II race set to go off at 2:15pm. More information on the State Championships will be available in the upcoming days including information on any state send off preparations, spectator ticket information, and more.