Orrville senior Nathan Rosenbaum clocked a time of 16 minutes, 30 seconds in the Division 2 State Cross Country race in Columbus earlier today, good enough for a 27th place finish.
His time was nearly 30 seconds quicker than his regional time of 16:56 (14th place).
Coming out of a stacked Boardman, Nathan was one of 11 regional qualifiers to finish in the top 30 of the state meet.
Full results form the D-2 race is here.
Congrats to Nathan and his family. He was named OCC Boys Runner of the Year, won the Ohio Cardinal Conference meet as well as the Wayne County Invitational and was the first Orrville male runner to qualify for the state meet since 2000 (Ryan Hochstetler).
Hochstetler, who is one of Rosenbaum's coaches/trainers said that he thinks Rosenbaum's finish is the 3rd fastest finish in a 5,000k (3.1 mile) race at the state meet by an Orrville runner, behind 2-time state champ Ben Weeman and Ben Stangelo. Not sure on the time of Stangelo, but Weeman ran a 15:14.6 in 1983 which earned him a 2nd consecutive state title.
I spoke to Nathan's father last night and he said he is looking to major in engineering in college, and would like to continue competing in cross country. He mentioned Ohio Northern as a possible college destination for Nathan.
Cross Country is an interesting sport. I know every sport requires off-season preparation, but that's where cross country meets are won, in your off-season conditioning. Nathan put in the work and his running this season were a direct result of that work and dedication.
It's a testament to his hard work and drive, and will serve him well as he endeavors on his college and post-college careers.
Congrats Nathan, from all of Orrville. Great accomplishment, and I think you did just fine in "putting Orrville running back on the map," as you told the Daily Record. In that regards, 'Mission Accomplished.'