By Rob Kiser
CENTERVILLE — Piqua senior Andy Mayse — along with his coaches Ryan King and Kyle Bowman — had a strategy from the start of the season.
That as he tapered off miles at the end of the season, his times would drop — and that strategy has worked to perfection.
That continued Saturday at the GWOC meet at Centerville, with Mayse running to a second-place finish overall with a PR of 16:11.6.
“I think that strategy has worked well for me,” Mayse said. “I was really happy with the race I ran today.”
Only Beavercreek’s Ben Ewert — the GWOC champion — was faster, with a winning time of 15:59.9.
“Ben’s (Ewert) a really strong runner,” Mayse said. “I basically was just trying to hold on (for second).”
Mayse’s time was six seconds off the school record.
“I guess I was hoping to get down under 16 (minutes at the start of the year),” Mayse said. “But, I knew that was going to be difficult. It would have been nice to get the school record, but I still have a few more races.”
Mayse and Piqua will run at the district meet on Saturday at Cedarville College.
“The GWOC meet is a lot like the district meet (competition wise),” Mayse said. “Then, the regional meet gets a little tougher. You have some strong Cincinnati runners from places like St. X (St. Xavier).”
And Mayse plans to be ready for the challenge.
“I think so (he is happy with where he is at),” he said. “I definitely think I can get the school record. Six seconds really isn’t that much, especially with the competition I am going to be running against.”
Piqua finished 14th as a team in the GWOC.
The rest of the Indians top seven included Dante Kemp, 71, 18:32.7; Mitch Fletcher, 83, 18:55.6; Bradley McPherson, 98, 19:39.3; Cameron Brown, 101, 20:08.8; Dakota Ward, 105, 20:31.4; and Preston Schaeffer, 120, 22:01.1.
The Piqua girls finished 11th overall.
The Lady Indians top seven included Lauryn Gray, 60, 21:50.1; Juliya Hsiang, 64, 22:21.6; Lily Stewart, 65, 22:25.4; Kenna Bell, 74, 23:08.0; Meredith Butt, 79, 23:27.1; Olivia Ames, 83, 23:46.9; and Maeve Vulcan, 84, 24:05.3.