The coach couldn't be prouder

OHS cross country coach Ryan Kobliska (center) watched as his two former runners, Trey Thompson, left, and Andrew Stumbo, right, competed in the NCAA Regional meet Nov. 10 at Wartburg College in Waverly.  -Photo provided

    A pair of local cross country runners who made their mark at Ogden High School are now finding success at the collegiate level. Andrew Stumbo (2017 OHS graduate) and Trey Thompson (2015 graduate) were named First Team All-Region Saturday, Nov. 10. Stumbo, who attends Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., finished eighth with a time of 25:11.1 at the Division III NCAA Central Regional Championships in Waverly and qualified for Nationals in Oshkosh, Wis.
    Thompson is in his senior year at Simpson College in Indianola. He finished 24th out of 210 runners at Regionals, running the 8K course in 25:33.7.
    Their high school coach was on site cheering them on.
    “It’s the first time any of my former runners have reached that level and to my knowledge, the first time for any of Ogden’s runners,” said Bulldog Coach Ryan Kobliska. “Those two spent a lot of time in high school training and racing together, so it was very rewarding to see them achieve it together.” In college they found themselves racing against each other on separate teams, this being the third time this year.
    And Kobliska noted that both ran personal best times.
    Thompson’s best high school 5K time, according to Kobliska, was 16.46. “His 25:33 time for the 8K race was roughly equivalent to 15:32, so he’s come a long way in four years. Andrew’s state-winning time in 2016 was 15:53. His 25:11 8K converts to about 15:19 for 5K.”
    “What a way to finish out your career,” said Trey’s dad, “by running your fastest time ever.”
    Kobliska has plans to watch his former star run in Nationals, slated for Nov. 17.