The Truckers finished with 31 points, well ahead of Perkins (61), Bellevue (89), St. Paul (99), Willard (108) and Sandusky (133).
Siblings Kyler Kromer (sophomore) and Cobey Kromer (senior) were 1-2 for Norwalk, coming across the finish line in 16:19 and 17:11, respectively.
Kyler’s time was a new meet record in the third year of the event, which the host Truckers have won each season. The old mark was 16:28 set last season by state qualifier Robert Vazquez.
Cobey Kromer’s time was also a personal best.
“If there were any doubts about whether cross country running is in the blood of the Kromer family, those two answered everyone's questions,” Norwalk coach Drew Karnehm said.
After Bellevue’s Cayden Adams was third (17:15), the next two placers were Mitchell Sommers (17:18) and Wyatt Hale (17:23) in fourth and fifth place.
Also scoring for Norwalk was Gabriel Hainline (19th, 18:40), Samuel Neuberger (20th, 18:40) and Luke Brown (23rd, 19:08).
"We could not be any more proud of these guys for defending our home course and the team title,” Karnehm said. “It was one of their goals coming into this season and they stood their ground. Kyler keeps amazing us each race. To be only a sophomore and run the kind of times he is currently running is unbelievable for anyone his age. He just needs to stay focused, keep working hard, and good things will come of all of this over the next couple of years."
St. Paul’s top three finishers were Gavin Ross (13th, 18:06), Ian Deeter (14th, 18:08), Isaac Thimke (18th, 18:39), Ryan Gross (25th, 19;23), Collin Liedorff (29th, 19:43), Alex Stine (30th, 19:45) and Nick Centa (32nd, 19:53).
Willard’s Landon Schaffer was sixth overall (17:35), while Trenton Rupert was ninth (17:47). Nick Bauer (24th, 19:10), Fernando Huerta (34th, 20:04), Kaleb Walton (35th, 20:36), Aaron Stephens (37th, 20:56) and William Gates (39th, 22:27).
Tiffin Columbian won the girls race with 25 points, followed by Bellevue (63), St. Paul (82), Willard (103), Perkins (130) and Norwalk (140).
St. Paul’s Lily Dowdell was the overall race winner in a time of 20:33. She was followed by Cheyene Null in 15th (22:50) and Madelyn McCall in 16th (23:30).
Also scoring for St. Paul Josalyn Vazquez (23rd, 24:51), Isabelle Zimmer (27th, 25:35), Olivia Hosack (28th, 25:44) and Makayla Vazquez (31st, 26:37).
Willard’s Amy Del Angel was sixth in 21:29, and Madison Clark was 18th (24:10). They were followed by teammates Araceli Huerta (22nd, 24:45), Haley Henry (25th, 25:09), Abby Del Angel (32nd, 26:44), Zoey Hartz (33rd, 27:05) and Carisa Metcalfe (38th, 30:01).
Kylie Moser was again Norwalk’s top finisher, placing 12th in 22:36. She was followed by Ana Henderson (21st, 24:40), Kelley Faylor (34th, 27:52), Sydney Fox (36th, 29:13), Emma Laughlin (37th, 29:51) and Kallie Arndt (39th, 30:59).
"We were excited to see our girls be able to come together and compete as a team at our own home invitational,” Karnehm said. “It has been a battle, but they ran through the adversity to represent Norwalk on our home course.
"This is only the third year hosting the Invite, and because of the amazing help and support of the community, it went off without a hitch,” he added. “Thank you to all of those who volunteered their time and effort, and hopefully, next year's fourth-annual will be even better."
Up next for Norwalk in the Vermilion Invitational next Saturday.
NL boys win Ontario Invitational
ONTARIO — The New London boys cross country team was tops among the 15-team field by a wide margin at the Bill Brown Ontario Invitational on Saturday.
New London scored 37 points, which was 63 better than runners-up St. Mary Central Catholic.
Curtis Joppeck was the overall race winner in 17:08.18 for the Wildcats. He was followed by Dominic Albaugh in third (17:29.52) and Tyler Twining (17:38.67) in fifth to give NL three runners among the top five.
Also scoring for the ‘Cats was Mitchell Joppeck (12th, 17:57.09), Carson Coey (16th, 18:03.22), Cole Kropka (19th, 18:15.35) and Caleb Good (22nd, 18:19.60).
In the girls race, New London was fifth out of 12 teams.
Savannah Shaver was the top finisher in 13th (21:02.64) for the ‘Cats, followed closely by Kaylin Williams (21:24.86).
Also for New London, Abigail Good was 30th (23:09.33), followed by Grace Crawshaw (34th, 23:18.36), Emily White (41st, 23:48.73), Zoey Mitchell (45th, 23:55.65) and Esther Schmidt (48th, 23:10.05).
Western girls 2nd at SJCC
FREMONT — The Western Reserve girls cross country team was runners-up to Huron at the St. Joseph Central Catholic Streak Invitational at Walsh Park.
Tabi Pausch was fifth overall for the Roughriders in 21:33.2. She was followed by Aliyah Perez (11th, 22:16.99), McKenna Woodruff (12th, 22:21.36), Ashlyn Barnhart (13th, 22:24.89), Madison Weiser (35th, 25:02.34), Rachel Herbkersman (36th, 25:08.94) and Rachael Olds (48th, 25:52.94).
For Monroeville, Rachel Herner was 27th in 24:24.79, while Payton Scheid was 45th in 25:39.82.
In the boys race, Western was eighth overall. Logan Rogers was 20th in 18:35.23. He was followed by Sam Beaudin (32nd, 19:13.49), Sean Murdock (44th, 19:47.23) and Aidan Perez (47th, 20:10.94).
For Monroeville, Ellis Herner was 68th (21:22.20), followed by Jimmy Clingman (73rd, 21:33.02) and Trask Ott (21:57.58).
Norwalk 3, Firelands 2
NORWALK — The Truckers improved to 10-2 with Saturday’s non-league win over the Falcons on a record-setting day for sophomore Nyah Daniels.
Daniels set a new single-season scoring record by scoring her 33rd goal of the season. Joscey Thomas and Quinn Jaworski each scored once, while Daniels and Summer Moehlman added to assists.
Norwalk travels to Clyde on Monday in an SBC Lake Division match.
Norwalk fifth at NCOGGL
ASHLAND — The Norwalk girls golf team finished fifth at the North Central Ohio Girls Golf championships on Saturday at Brookside golf course in Ashland.
Hannah Dumbeck turned in scores of 42-46—88 to lead Norwalk. She was followed by Chloe Thomas (49-47—96), Noelle Jackson (53-49—102), Mya Binkley (60-51—111) and Analiese King (55-61—116).
On Thursday, Norwalk beat Port Clinton by four strokes, 217-221. Jackson shot a 46, followed by Barber (54), Dumbeck (58) and Thomas (59).
The team finished 6-8 in the Lake Division of the SBC. Norwalk is off until the Division I sectional tournament at Sycamore Springs in Arlington on Oct. 2.
Monroeville 3, Vermilion 1
VERMILION — The state-ranked Monroeville volleyball team won in four games over the host Sailors (9-7) on Saturday.
The Eagles (13-1) won by scores of 25-21, 16-25, 25-16 and 25-20.
Adrian Barman was 19 for 19 serving with four aces and led the defense with 32 digs. Kelsie Palmer had 14 kills and four blocks, and Reece Kluding added 13 kills and two blocks.
Camryn Hedrick had 39 assists, 10 digs, and was 16 for 16 serving with an ace. Graisyn Yoder was 15 for 15 serving with two aces and 15 digs, while Lydia Landoll was 16 for 16 serving with two aces, and Braylee Wise had nine digs.
Monroeville also won the junior varsity match (25-17, 25-17) to improve to 13-0.
Willard 3, Crestview 1
OLIVESBURG — The Crimson Flashes improved to 8-7 with Saturday’s non-league win over the host Cougars (7-8).
Willard won by scores of 25-21, 25-22, 21-25, 25-16.
McKenna Stephens was 22 for 23 serving with five aces and 10 kills to pace the Flashes. Cassie Crawford had 18 kills and 14 digs, while Alyse Cok had 11 kills and and 10 digs. Chloe Weaver had 41 assists and Haylie Hamons led the defense with 27 digs.
We had moments today that we played pretty well, but also had moments that we gave up big runs, which you don't like to see. We had a comfortable lead in game 3 and let it slip away, but recovered in game 4 and came out strong. They have some good hitters, so you want to attack at them and serve aggressively to get them out of system as much as possible, which we did for the most part.
Willard also won the JV match, 25-14, 25-14.
Norwalk eighth-grade wins
NORWALK — The eighth-grade Norwalk volleyball team picked up an SBC Lake win over Tiffin Columbian on Thursday, winning by scores of 25-18, 25-8.
Callie Helton had five assists, while Adelina Roblero and Abby Catlett contributed with three kills apiece. 100 percent servers were Jill Nash, Madison Simon, Emily Skeel and Tyra Corbin.