Oak Harbor’s Tyler Sievert has been busy this fall.
Last Wednesday, the Rockets’ junior was on the soccer field as a defender, as Oak Harbor’s historic season — one that saw them the Rockets tie the school-record with 16 wins — came to an end in the Division II district semifinals.
Saturday, he will be competing in the OHSAA Division II boys state cross country championships at National Trail Raceway in Hebron.
“To know that all my hard work is paying off, means a whole lot,” said Sievert, who was a regional qualifier as a sophomore. “It was great being a part of the run we made in soccer. Now, I’m looking forward to running at state.”
Sievert was 14th at 16 minutes, 36.40 seconds this past Saturday at the regional meet in Tiffin. The top 16 runners in each region advance to the state meet, which will start at 11 a.m. with the girls races.
“We knew I’d be close when we started the season,” Sievert said. “State was my No. 1 goal all season.
“Both coaches did a great job of working out my practice schedules and making it easier on me to compete in both soccer and cross country.”
Oak Harbor’s 2-1 loss to Maumee last week was its first of the season. The Rockets’ finished 16-1-1.
“Playing soccer made it hard for me to taper, so I’m finally tapering this week,” Sievert said. “I was seeded eighth or so going into the regional meet, so my coach (Eric Buckman) and I decided to keep running and figured I should still be able to make it out. (Buckman) kept me updated on my placement throughout the race, so I had a good idea once I finished that I had made it.”
Guardiola makes return trip to Division I meet
Ross’ Louis Guardiola wants to smash his school-record time of 15 minutes, 42.9 seconds Saturday in Hebron.
“I’m looking forward to running at the state level again,” said the Little Giant senior, who will compete for the second time at state after finishing 44th as a junior. “There’s definitely a lot more of a comfort level with the course down there this year. My regional race went well. There’s definitely adjustments that will need to be made, but I’ll be ready to go.”
Guardiola was seventh at the regional in Tiffin, running a time of 15:56.18.
He was runner-up at the Three Rivers Athletic Conference championships on Oct. 12, earning first-team all-league honors for the fourth time. Guardiola broke the Ross school record at last year’s Three Rivers Athletic Conference meet in Findlay.
He ran a time of 16:04.33 at last year’s state meet.
“There’s a lot more depth in Division I this year,” Guardiola said. “The competition level will be tougher. I’m still putting in some mileage this week, but I’m just trying to get good workouts in.”