It was a dream five years in the making and on a beautiful sunny day at BGSU Firelands, Kevin Tomczyk made that dream come true.
Tomczyk won the boys Sandusky Bay Conference meet with a time of 16 minutes, 14 seconds to earn top honors.
“This has been the goal since I won it in eighth grade,” the Huron senior said. “My goal was to win it senior year and it finally came true after two years of having really good upperclassman and always competing with them. It really paid off. I was a contender my sophomore year but that just ended badly, and then junior year it was just five seniors at the top. I was always chasing them.”
Perkins had all five scoring runners finish in the top 15, earning the Pirates their fourth straight SBC title.
Tomczyk was in a small pack of Perkins and Oak Harbor runners around the first mile but was able to break away and finished 14 seconds ahead of second play Tyler Sievert, who finished at 16:28 for Oak Harbor.
“I knew what I was going to try to do going into (the race) and I knew exactly where I needed to be,” Tomczyk said of his PR performance. “To pride myself, I did exactly what I was planning on doing. I knew exactly where I had to be. There was always that fear of this being the last (SBC) race and that I would fail. I was not going to let that happen. I always want to thank God. This is a five-year dream and He helped me get there.”
Perkins finished with 39 points as a team followed by Oak Harbor (65), Port Clinton (66), Huron (89), Edison (129), SMCC (141), Clyde (172) and Margaretta (189).
Perkins’ Nick Reyes was third to cross the finish line at 16:55 followed by Huron’s Ryan VanCauwenbergh (17:04), and Pirate teammates Nick Corso (17:07) and Cody Priebe (17:07).
“It was nice to get the fourth in a row and I think we still feel a responsibility to keep this streak going that Coach (Chris) Smith started,” Perkins coach Chris Parthemore said. “Fourth in a row is important to us. We had really nice races from Owen (Krewson), Ryan (Singler) and Brenton (Green). All three of them PR’d and a couple of them PR’d by 30 seconds, so those guys really stepped up when we needed them to.”
Oak Harbor’s Jake Wistinghausen took seventh at 17:10, followed by Port Clinton’s Nick Reineck (17:12), Oak Harbor’s Bryce Buderer (17:22) and Port Clinton’s David Leone (17:23) rounding out the top 10.
The top seven runners earn first-team all SBC while runners who place 8-14 earn second-team honors.
St. Mary Central Catholic’s Tony Torres (17:24) was 11th, followed by Krewson (17:26), Brenton (17:27) and Port Clinton’s Logan Pratt (17:34).
“I think this is the second year in a row that we’ve had 15-plus alumni come back and cheer on our team,” Parthemore added. “They stay a part of the program. It’s really a great resource having them around and having them want to help these guys be successful.”
Tomczyk talked about what Saturday’s meet means for the future.
“This is a strong indicator of what is going to happen in the next few weeks and I am excited,” he said. “I think this puts me in the top 2 or 3 at districts so I am hoping to stay strong for the state competition.”
Perkins freshman Wilson takes top honors, Pirates first in SBC
Hannah Wilson didn’t like that her name wasn’t in the mix of conversation.
With SMCC runner and area star Jenna Hinds out with a foot injury, Saturday’s race was anybody’s to win and there were many different opinions on who would take the crown.
On the final straightaway, it all had come down to Wilson, a freshman and Clyde sophomore Olivia Hammons.
The two traded leads down the final stretch, even bumping into each before Wilson managed a final kick that sent her across the line first.
“I just kept saying, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,’” a worn out Wilson said after her race. “I just kept repeating it in my head.”
Wilson, who ran for Danbury last year as an eighth grader, crossed the line at 20:00.75.
“When Hannah gets to the starting line she just races. She is just a competitor,” said Perkins coach Tammie Brenton. “She is just focused on her race and focused on winning.”
The Pirates took first as a team with 26 points followed by Edison (58), Huron (103), Oak Harbor (124), Port Clinton (125), Clyde (132), SMCC (141), and Margaretta (238).
“As a team obviously it is amazing,” Brenton said of winning. “They have worked had all season and we knew it would be tough coming into it, but they just got on the race line and stuck with out plan, and the results are what we wanted.”
Hammons finished at 20:01.09.
“She was in front of me the whole time and I just wanted her to lead me,” Hammons said. “When the gator stopped I knew it was time to kick it in. She didn’t kick it in until she saw me and then she started going faster. We clashed on accident but she got me.”
Hammons also said she felt underrated going in.
“People didn’t expect me to be up there and I wanted to prove them wrong, so I really pushed myself today,” she said. “It still feels great to get second. When we walked to course the grass was wet and I didn’t know how I was going to feel about that but when we ran I started getting hot so it felt great and the course was great. I love flat courses.”
Perkins sophomore Jordyn Baker (20:12) took the bronze medal while Edison’s Tori Stallkamp (20:20) was fourth and Huron’s Madi Mize (20:23) was fifth.
“Jordan Baker had a great race,” Brenton said. “She moved up and it was a race she’s been wanting all season. “
Perkins’ Sheylyn Taus (20:23) and Calah Bishop (20:32) took the sixth and seventh spot while Clyde’s Chloe Ruttschaw (20:37) was eighths and Perkins’ Cassie Reyes (20:38) was ninth. Huron’s Sarah Neibler (20:39) was 10th, followed by Edison’s Madison Moyer (20:40), Perkins’ Morgan Klepper (20:40), Edison’s Kristin McCarthy (20:57) and teammate Jaime Danda (21:00).