Piqua cross country runner Andy Mayse wins Willowbrook Invitational


Piqua junior wins Willowbrook race

Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Preston Schaeffer heads towards the finish line.


Rob Kiser/Call Photo The Piqua boys cross country team takes off at the start of Saturday’s race. Rob Kiser/Call Photo The Piqua boys cross country team takes off at the start of Saturday’s race.


Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Andy Mayse (2105), Isaiah Garber (2101) and Dante Kemp (2103) make a move to the front at the start of the Willowbrook Invitational Saturday. Mayse won the race.


Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Meredith Butt runs in the Willowbrook Invitational Saturday.


Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Kenna Bell (2111) and Meredith Butt (behind Bell) are surrounded by Miamisburg runners Saturday.


Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Kenna Bell leads a group of runners as they head towards the finish line.


Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Juliya Hsiang and Lily Stewart lead two Miamisburg runners Saturday.


Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Andy Mayse leads Miamisburg’s Ryan Slaughenhaup as they head towards the finish line Saturday.


Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Andy Mayse runs by Hamilton’s Kenneth Wombles at the start of Saturday’s race.


Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Gabbie Knouff runs in the Willowbrook Invitational Saturday.


Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Liz Cox heads towards the finish line.


By Rob Kiser

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The seed was planted last year.

A glance at the clock as Andy Mayse headed towards the finish line just speeded things up.

Mayse — after finishing fourth a year ago as a sophomore — became the first Piqua runner to win the Willowbrook Invitational Saturday and did it with his best time of 15:46.

“I wanted to get few runs under 16,” Mayse said with a smile. “I think it was a goal (winning) after last year. I always wanted to win a home race.”

He needed to seize that opportunity — because it is Piqua’s only home race of the year.

“I always like running here,” he said. “There is a lot more support and I like the course. I like the hills. They don’t bother me. Some people don’t know how to run them properly.”

While Miamisburg’s Ryan Slaughenhaup — who was clocked in 15:48 — was right behind him, Mayse wasn’t concerned.

“I wasn’t sure if he was close to me or not,” Mayse said. “He made his move at the 800-meter mark. That was too soon for me, so I waited. When he got to the hill, he was dead.”

He was more concerned with the timing clock.

“I couldn’t see the seconds when I looked at it as I was coming in,” he said. “I saw 15 on the minutes and I thought I have got to get going (finish under 16 minutes).”

Mayse is primed for the postseason, starting with Saturday’s GWOC race at Centerville.

“I think top five would be a good goal, but that depends on the draw,” Mayse said. “This course is good preparation for the GWOC. This year it is at Centerville — it is loops and hills just like this course. It has two loops instead of one, but they are pretty similar.”

Mayse led Piqua to a fifth-place finish, as Miamisburg swept the boys and girls team titles.

Rounding out Piqua’s top seven runners were Isaiah Garber, 28, 18:16; Dante Kemp, 29, 18:19; Bradley McPherson, 43, 19:15; Cameron Brown, 47, 19:26; Austin Harshman, 51, 19:29; and Cameron LeRay, 64, 20:23.

The Piqua girls had another strong showing, finishing second out of four teams.

Miamisburg had the first nine finishers and 11 of the first 12 to win with a perfect score of 15.

Piqua was second with 57, followed by Wayne and Hamilton.

Piqua’s top seven included Kenna Bell, 13, 22:00; Meredith Butt, 16, 22:08; Juliya Hsiang, 20, 22:39; Lily Stewart, 21, 22:43; Gabbie Knouff, 32, 23:49; Liz Cox, 34, 24:08; and Hannah VanGorden, 37, 24:21.

Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.

Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Preston Schaeffer heads towards the finish line.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_prestonschaeffer.jpgRob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Preston Schaeffer heads towards the finish line.

Rob Kiser/Call Photo The Piqua boys cross country team takes off at the start of Saturday’s race. Rob Kiser/Call Photo The Piqua boys cross country team takes off at the start of Saturday’s race.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_piquaboys3.jpgRob Kiser/Call Photo The Piqua boys cross country team takes off at the start of Saturday’s race. Rob Kiser/Call Photo The Piqua boys cross country team takes off at the start of Saturday’s race.

Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Andy Mayse (2105), Isaiah Garber (2101) and Dante Kemp (2103) make a move to the front at the start of the Willowbrook Invitational Saturday. Mayse won the race.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_piquaboys2.jpgRob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Andy Mayse (2105), Isaiah Garber (2101) and Dante Kemp (2103) make a move to the front at the start of the Willowbrook Invitational Saturday. Mayse won the race.

Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Meredith Butt runs in the Willowbrook Invitational Saturday.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_meredith.jpgRob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Meredith Butt runs in the Willowbrook Invitational Saturday.

Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Kenna Bell (2111) and Meredith Butt (behind Bell) are surrounded by Miamisburg runners Saturday.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_kennameredith.jpgRob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Kenna Bell (2111) and Meredith Butt (behind Bell) are surrounded by Miamisburg runners Saturday.

Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Kenna Bell leads a group of runners as they head towards the finish line.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_kennabell2.jpgRob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Kenna Bell leads a group of runners as they head towards the finish line.

Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Juliya Hsiang and Lily Stewart lead two Miamisburg runners Saturday.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_juyliyalily.jpgRob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Juliya Hsiang and Lily Stewart lead two Miamisburg runners Saturday.

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Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Andy Mayse leads Miamisburg’s Ryan Slaughenhaup as they head towards the finish line Saturday.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_andy2.jpgRob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Andy Mayse leads Miamisburg’s Ryan Slaughenhaup as they head towards the finish line Saturday.

Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Andy Mayse runs by Hamilton’s Kenneth Wombles at the start of Saturday’s race.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_andy1.jpgRob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Andy Mayse runs by Hamilton’s Kenneth Wombles at the start of Saturday’s race.

Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Gabbie Knouff runs in the Willowbrook Invitational Saturday.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_2118.jpgRob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Gabbie Knouff runs in the Willowbrook Invitational Saturday.

Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Liz Cox heads towards the finish line.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_2114.jpgRob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Liz Cox heads towards the finish line.
Piqua junior wins Willowbrook race
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