PICKERINGTON — The Fredericktown Freddies can run. And the girls team will get their chance to do so at this Saturday’s OHSAA state tournament.
The Fredericktown girls finished second at Saturday’s regionals. It wasn’t enough to top Northmor, but it was good enough to advance.
Emily Roberts finished second overall in Division III, qualifying with a time of 18:56.2. Teammate Rebekah Haip came in right behind at third place with 19:28.0.
“The girl in front of me (Hannah Stefanoff from Grandview Heights) was amazing. She kept pulling ahead, and I just couldn’t stay with her,” Roberts said.
“It was windy, and there isn’t a big crowd (at the start), so it’s hard to get pumped up,” Haip said.
But all the girls wanted to talk about was team, team, team. As a group, they were thrilled to be moving on, but they knew it would be without their teammates from the boys’ team.
“We found out that they (the boys) missed State by two points, and we’re disappointed,” Roberts said.
Indeed, the boys came in fifth in their Division III race, falling to fourth-place Northmor. When teams fall, it’s easy to point fingers — especially at yourself.
“I did the best I could, but there were two guys in front of me. Everyone says it’s a team sport, but I feel that I could have gone harder, we could have been in State,” Freddies freshman Nick Gaumer said.
But if Gaumer is blaming his own performance, it’s hard to see where he failed. As an individual, he finished 20th with a time of 17:16.0. That was the third best for anyone on the team, and by far the best showing by any freshman in that race.
Isaac Potes, as expected, finished first with a time of 16:08.3. He, too, was disappointed in his showing.
“It would have been nice to break 16 (minutes), but this course is slower. And my throat hurts. I‘m fighting a cold,” Potes said.