J-L Cross Country Team




2019 Gaylord All-Area Cross Country Team
By Alec Brzezinski - Petoskey News

J-L Junior - Gascho earned first-team all conference honors after finishing first
overall in the Ski--Valley Conference this season. Gascho also finished as regional champion
with a time of 16:31.0. He then finished 5th overall at the state finals to earn all-state honors.
He helped the Cardinals finish second overall in the conference.

J-L Junior - Townsend led the Cardinals to five team victories this season, including the Ski Valley
Conference Championship. She was named first team all conference after finishing second overall.
Townsend finished ninth overall at regionals, helping the Cardinals finish second and qualify as a team
for the state meet. Townsend the finished 32nd at the state finals, narrowly missing out on all-state honors.

J-L Freshman - Gascho finished fifth overall in the Ski-Valley Conference to earn first team all
conference honors. She finished second overall at the regional meet with a time of 20:35.8
She then finished 21st at the the state final to earn all-state honors.

J-L Freshman - Wartenberg was named first team all conference after finishing fifth overall
in Ski Valley. He finished 14th overall at regionals with a time of 17:45.4, helping the Cardinals
qualify for the state finals as a team.



Both the Boys and Girls cross country teams competed at the state finals meet on Saturday, November 2nd
at the Michigan International Speedway in the Division 4 Race

The girls finished 13th overall as a team and were lead by Layla Gascho (21st) and All-State!!!,
Sydney Townsend (32nd), Gloria House (125th), Lizzy Halbert (163rd), and Sophie Townsend (203rd).
Also finishing were Lydia Hummel (216th) and McKenna Courterier (225th). 

The boys finished 20th overall as a team and were lead by Carlos Gascho (5th) and All-State!!!,
Jacob Wartenberg (88th), Jack Perry (91th), Toby Hall (217th), and Gavin Weaver (227th).
Also finishing were Spencer Townsend (229th), and Ronin Vaden (243rd).
Congrats Cardinals!
on an incredible Cross Country season! 

Congrats to our State Qualifying Cross Country Teams!


2019 Cross Country Meets Schedule
(GIRLS Run First, BOYS Second)

Saturday, August 17           11:00 am             Central Lake (High School Only)
Gascho passes golf cart, wins Ryan Shay Memorial
Ryan Shay Memorial Photos

Wednesday, August 28       5:00 pm              East Jordan (High School Only)
Gascho wins East Jordan race for Johannesburg-Lewiston cross-country team

Tuesday, September 17th
JoBurg, St. Mary XC teams take on Bulldog Invite; Gascho and Murrell win

Saturday, September 21st
Centennial Golf Club - (3388 W. Eddy School Road) Bellaire
Bus Leaves Lewiston 8:30 a.m. - Johannesburg 9:00 a.m.
Girls Race 11:00 am. - Boys Race 11:30 a.m.
Open/Middle School Race 12:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 28th
Both Girls and Boys Cross Country Teams won first place at the Mancelona Invitational
The boys winning places are as followed: Carlos Gascho (1), Jacob Wartenberg (2), Jack Perry (7),
Toby Hall (12), Spencer Townsend (18)
The girls winning scores are: Adelaida Gascho (1), Sydney Townsend (9), Kennedy Johnson (10),
Gloria House (11), Lizzy Halbert (12)


Wednesday, October 9th
As a team the Girls finished first and became the 2019 Ski Valley HS Girls conference champions!
As a team, the Boys finished in second place as the runner up in Ski Valley!
Individually, Sydney Townsend and Adelaida Gascho earned first team all-conference honors,
Kennedy Johnson earned second team all-conference, Gloria House and Lizzy Halbert earned
honorable mention honors.

Individually, Carlos Gascho finished first to be the Boys Champion and earn first team all-conference honors,
Jacob Wartenberg also earned first team all-conference honors, and Jack Perry and Toby Hall both
earned honorable mention honors.
Great job both Cross Country teams!

Zombie Run

Thursday, October 10th
Begins at the Lewiston School

Saturday, October 12th
Bus Leaves Johannesburg 8:30 a.m. - Lewiston 9:00 a.m.
Girls Race 10:30 a.m. - Boys Race 11:00 a.m.
Open/Middle School Race 12:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 19th
Michaywe Pines Golf Course (1535 Opal Lake Road) Gaylord
7th/8th Girls Race 10:00 a.m.
7th/8th Boys Race 10:30 a.m.
K-6 (Both) 1.5 mile Race 11:00 a.m.
Girls Varsity 11:30 a.m.
Boys Varsity 12:00 p.m.
Girls J.V. Race 12:30 p.m.
Boys J.V. Race 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 26th

Congratulations to the girls and boys cross country teams for qualifying for
the state finals. The girls placed second and the boys placed third.
Also, two individual boys and two individual girls qualified for states!

By Alec Brzezinski - Petoskey News

The Johannesburg-Lewiston boys cross country team finished third with 105 points Saturday at East Jordan, with junior Carlos Gascho claiming medalist honors with a fantastic run.

Gascho, a rising junior, cruised past the rest of the field with a time of 16:31.0, just over 16 seconds faster than the second-place runner.

With a strong regional under his belt, Gascho will now look to adding to his trophy case next week at the state finals at Michigan International Speedway.

Freshman Jacob Wartenburg also helped the Cardinals with a 14th-placed finish. He ran a 17:45.4. Jack Perry finished 19th with a time of 18:12.9 to also help J-L.

All seven Cardinals runners finished inside the top 60 Saturday, marking a consistent regional.

Both the Boys and Girls teams qualified to run at the State Finals Meet this Saturday in Brooklyn, MI!!!
The Girls finished in 2nd place as the runner up and were lead by
individual qualifiers Sydney Townsend (9th) and Layla Gascho (2nd).

The Boys finished in 3rd place, narrowly edging out Ellsworth by 3 points!
They were lead by Individual qualifiers Jacob Wartenberg (14th) and Carlos Gascho,
the overall division 4 Boys Regional Champion! 
Congratulations to both teams as we look forward to Saturday's State Meet. 
For all those CC team members and parents heading down to the State Finals Friday night there
will be an informational meeting at the end of practice this Tuesday at 5:00 pm in Mr. DeHoog's
room to go over details and answer any questions!



JoBurg, St. Mary XC teams take on Bulldog Invite; Gascho and Murrell win
By Drew Kochanny - Gaylord Herald Times

INDIAN RIVER — Gaylord area teams showed up in a big way in the annual Bulldog Invite in Indian River earlier this week, with Johannesburg-Lewiston and Gaylord St. Mary runners shining on the course.

Each team came away with a first place overall finisher, with Carlos Gascho of J-L once again stealing the show in the boys race and St. Mary’s Miriam Murrell showing out in the girls race with a first place.

Cheboygan’s boys earned the overall win on the boys side, ending J-L by a 34-42 score, while Inland Lakes placed third with 85, followed by Onaway, 103; Wolverine, 119; and Boyne Falls, 141.

St. Mary had just four runners for both the girls and boys races, not enough for a team score.

On the girls side, J-L finished first with 33 points, followed by Cheboygan, 53; Inland Lakes, 67; and Forest Area, 74.

Gascho’s first place time came in at 16:58.3, while Aidan Kosanke of Cheboygan placed second in 18:36.7.

Pellston’s Colin Robbins took third in 19:12.4, Teddy Peters of Onaway placed fourth in 19:15.9 and J-L’s Jack Perry rounded out the top five with a time of 19:20.7.

Also for J-L on the boys side, Jacob Wartenberg took 11th (20:21), Toby Hall placed 12th (20:22), Gavin Weaver earned an 18th place finish (21:06) and Spencer Townsend took 25th (21:35).

For St. Mary, Ian Oliver placed 27th in 21:52 to lead the way, Aidan Yaske took 37th (23:18), Jackson Keonig placed 58th (28:50) and Matt Spellman took 61st (29:47).

Cheboygan’s top finisher outside of Kosanke was James Charboneau with a sixth place time of 19:21, Cody Jewell took seventh (19:26), Damien Hesselink placed 10th (20:04) and Bailey Wheelock took 14th (20:35).

Quinten Mosher also placed 21st (21:20) and Luke Patrick took 29th (22:03).

For the host Bulldogs, a large group of runners placed between 15 and 32, led by Austin Brege’s 15th place finish in 20:59.5.

Charlie Kennedy placed 16th (21:01), Evan Malzynski took 19th (21:14), Nevin Thompson, 22nd (21:20); Ty Thompson, 23rd (21:21); William Jacobs, 26th (21:46); and Hunter Bishop, 32nd (22:33).

Tyler Gellis was the lone top 10 finisher for the Loggers in a ninth place time of 19:59.6, while Wesley Giem took 42nd (24:09), Blake Brunmeier took 46th (24:30), Ashton Spang placed 50th (25:56) and Cameron Matelski placed 64th (34:29).

Girls Race

Murrell’s top placing time for the Snowbirds on the girls side of the race came as a new personal best of 21:10.6, while teammate Emma McKinley placed second in 21:58.5, which came 53 seconds faster than her time in the race in 2018.

Outside of the top two for St. Mary, LeMay Sullivan placed 15th (24:59) and Summer Sullivan placed 17th (25:04). The time for LeMay came as a new personal best, while Summer’s time was 2:09 faster than a year ago.

J-L’s Sydney Townsend led the Cardinals with a third place finish in 22:43, Gloria House placed fifth in 23:39 and Kennedy Johnson and Adelaida Gascho placed ninth and 11th, respectively, in times of 24:08 and 24:20.

J-L’s Lizzy Halbert also placed 20th (25:46) and Sophie Townsend took 27th (28:16).

For Cheboygan, the leader was once again Madison Noel with a seventh place time of 23:58, while Kassidy Tohm placed 14th in 24:37.

Breanna Borowicz placed 18th (25:06), Elizabeth Harke placed 19th (25:32); Allison Kubiak, 24th (27:34); Ayano Yoshida, 25th (27:48); Catherine Harke, 26th (27:55).

Inland Lakes’ top runner came as Christy Shank with a sixth place time of 23:54.3, while Addelle Corps placed 10th in 24:14.

Haivyn Fielder also placed 22nd (26:39), Luciana Bunker placed 29th (29:08) and Elizabeth Wilson placed 30th (29:20).

The top placing Boyne Falls runner was also Zosia Wasylewski in 16th place in 24:59 and Pellston’s top runner came as Vivian Dyer in 32nd in 30:16.


East Jordan

Gascho wins East Jordan race for Johannesburg-Lewiston cross-country team
By Brandon Folsom - Gaylord Herald Times

Another race, another first-place finish for Johannesburg-Lewiston cross-country runner Carlos Gascho.

The junior won the East Jordan Invitational on Aug. 28 after crossing the finish line in 16:22. He placed nine seconds ahead of second-place finisher Thomas Richards of Traverse City St. Francis.

Also competing for the Cardinals were Jacob Wartenberg (19:42), Gavin Weaver (19:55), Toby Hall (20:12) and Spencer Townsend (20:58).

Kennedy Johnson, who placed 22nd, led the girls team with a 21:56 finish. Gloria House (22:46), Lizzy Halbert (23:32), Adelaida Gascho (23:38) and Sophie Townsend (26:12) rounded out J-L's starting lineup.


Gascho passes golf cart, wins Ryan Shay Memorial

J-L cross-country: Gascho passes golf cart, wins Ryan Shay Memorial
By Brandon Folsom - Gaylord Herald Times

BELLAIRE – Joe and Sue Shay's golf cart never stood a chance.

Tired but confident, Carlos Gascho galloped up a hilly fairway Saturday at Centennial Golf Club. The harder his legs churned, the closer he got to the Shays, who were guiding cross-country runners through the 2-mile course of the annual Ryan Shay Memorial race.

About 3/4 up the hill, Gascho finally caught the Shays – their cart was struggling to traverse the steep incline.

So he sprinted around them, passing by Sue, who was in the passenger's seat. And then it was another all-out sprint up another small hill.

And then it was the finish line. Gascho crossed it in 10 minutes, 23 seconds, becoming the men's overall champion in what was the season opener for Johannesburg-Lewiston.

Not bad for someone who started training seriously about two weeks ago. The junior and reigning Ski Valley and Division 4 regional champion has been too busy working at Culver's all summer.

"It feels pretty good," said Gascho of passing the Shays. "It messed me and (Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart's Matthew Nowak) with our strides, but we recovered pretty quickly. It's a pretty good accomplishment to pass the golf cart."

The course was a doozy, Gascho said. There were hills up and down the fairways, sharp corners and plenty of sandy areas.

"It was pretty tough," he said, "I thought it was going to be pretty flat (based on) the video that we watched. But I think me and a lot of other runners really underestimated it.

"There were a couple of hills where you'd go down in stride, and there's another hill that hit you like a sack of bricks, really slowed you down and got you off your rhythm.

"Honestly, that's a pretty tough 2 mile."

Gascho said his opponents really struggled with taking turns, so he used them as an opportunity to accelerate away from the pack.

"Once I saw a hill with turns, that was my golden ticket out of there," he said. "Once I punched it, it was pretty much all a mental game there because there was no one pushing me or whatever."

Gascho has nowhere to go but up in his training now that summer has come to an end and his work at Culver's and his AAU basketball practices have slowed down.

"It was kind of hard to balance it with work and basketball," he said. "So most nights I came home pretty much dead. But my mindset changed about maybe two or three weeks ago.

"Me and my brothers have been going out for runs. ... Honestly, I wish I would have done a lot better than just two or three weeks of training."

2 other observations from the meet

 Gavin Weaver (12:36) and Jack Perry (12:39) should provide plenty of depth for the Cardinals during Ski Valley races. The two seniors placed 15th and 17th, respectively, in the Division 4 portion of the race.

While J-L settled for a fourth-place finish behind East Jordan, Sacred Heart and Beal City, only three individuals in the SVC outside of Gascho performed better than them. And those guys – Tyler McClure (11:31, 10th place), Jimmy Dunne (12:09, 18th) and Ben Palmer (12:37, 26th) – were competing for Mancelona in the D3 race.

A year older and stronger, Kennedy Johnson continues to improve.

Last season, she completed the Ryan Shay Memorial in 15 minutes and 32 seconds on an arguably easier course at Jean Burns' Farm in Central Lake.

On the hillier, more competitive Centennial course, the sophomore surprised us by crossing the finish line in 15 minutes and 10 seconds, good enough for a 15th-place effort to lead the Cardinals, who were competing without former SVC champion Sydney Townsend.

To shave 22 seconds off your 2-mile run in a year, that's impressive.


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Updated 12/1/19