Kromer ran the Hedges-Boyer Park course in a time of 16:07.1, which was behind only Toledo Rogers’ Gabe Foster (15;40.2) and Perrysburg’s Marc Baroncini (15:42.7).
Norwalk was fourth as a team with 109 points behind Ashland (40), Perrysburg (49) and Bowling Green (102). It’s the highest finish by the program while competing at the Div. I level.
The top two teams and eight individuals advanced to the National Trail Raceway course in Hebron on Nov. 2.
Cobey Kromer was 19th for Norwalk in 16:51.7.Wyatt Hale was 38th (17:26.1) and Mitchell Sommers was 40th (17:29.1). Rounding out the Norwalk lineup was Gabriel Hainline (51st, 17:58.4), Samuel Neuberger (55th, 18:14.1) and Luke Brown (58th, 18:30.5).
“Kyler ran an exceptional race,” Norwalk coach Drew Karnehm said. “Even though weather and course conditions weren’t ideal today, he did what he needed to do to make it out.
"The team overall ran a great race,” he added. “We barely finished fourth last week to qualify here, so I don’t think a lot of teams were expecting us to perform as well as they did. These guys ran their hearts out, and that’s all you can ask of them as a coach.”
Coon, Lesniak state bound
Two Edison Chargers qualified for the state meet as individuals. Abby Lesniak finished third in her regional race by completing the course in 18:21.2, her second-best time this season. Tyler Coon will also represent Edison at state after finishing fifth at Saturday’s regionals race.
The Chargers finished ninth as team in the boys event, eighth in the girls. Aidan Anderson was the second fastest Charger on the boys side, finishing in 33rd place (17:09).
Also grabbing one of the 12 individual spots was Bellevue’s Cayden Adams, who was 11th in 16:28.1.
Paige Schaefer was also 28th (20:17) for the Chargers. Rounding out the Edison lineup was Peyton Facemire was 40th (20:43), Lindsay Sneider (64th, 21:54.7), Ava Miller (76th, 22:42.8), Mallory Jamson (84th, 23:11) and Katelyn Jeremay (90th, 23:43.6).
Edison coach Randy Foster understood his girls team was disappointed because they didn’t make state, but he was proud that Schaefer, Facemire and Sneider ran personal best times.
Foster said the best way to help his runners get over their disappointment is to give them space. In time, he believes they’ll see the positive in running personal best times.
“When you come here and you run personal bests, you can’t ask them to run any better,” Foster said. “You don’t make it to state and you got eighth place out of 12, but still. They just ran fantastic.”
Norwalk’s Kylie Moser finished 47th in the Div. II girls race, while Willard’s Landon Schaffer was 52nd (17:28.6) in the boys race.