FROM STAFF REPORTS
Aurora -- With two girls placing in the top 30, Aurora High School's girls varsity cross country team placed ninth out of 16 teams Sept. 7 at the Walsh Jesuit Tomahawk Run.
Meanwhile, the Greenmen boys varsity had one runner in the top 30 and finished 18th out of 21 teams.
"The competition was tough," said coach Laura Bell. "There were more schools this year than in years past. Many of the D2 and D3 programs chose to race in the D1 division. Athletics really had to get out fast and get a good position before they funneled into the woods and got boxed in."
For the second meet in a row, Deja Davis (25th place overall) and Andrew Swan (24th) led the girls and boys, respectively. Davis' time was 20:47 and Swan's was 17:08.
Other results for the varsity girls were: Dana Cassidy, 28th in 20:54; Marrissa Henderson, 52nd in 21:46; Deanna Calder, 53rd in 21:48; Sammie Miller, 82nd in 22:52; Hannah Swan, 87th in 23:12; Abbey Stechler, 88th in 23:13; and Allison Jenkins 103rd in 24:46.
Others for the boys were: Daniel Sovich, 111th in 18:59; David Meredith, 139th in 19:40; Stephen Riley, 141st in 19:44; Jack Petroski, 148th in 19:58; Ian Houston, 148th in 20:00; Noah Wordell, 158th in 20:37.
Gilmour Academy won the girls Gold Division and GlenOak was runnerup. For the boys, Boardman claimed the title and Louisville was runnerup.
"Overall, our teams ran well compared to our previous race at Berkshire," said Bell. "Eighteen of our athletes set new season personal marks, while many set overall records."
Bell praised Swan. "He had a really good workout last week, and we are hopeful his times will continue to drop," she said. "In fact, the entire boys varsity set personal bests or themselves. The boys open race also had some standout performance. Logan Gross, Tristen White and Jack Brown have earned spots this weekend on varsity at Boardman."
Gross finished first overall in the open race in 18:23, while White was fourth in 18:47 and Brown fifth in 18:48. The boys open runners placed fourth out of 15 teams.
AS FOR THE girls, Bell said Davis continues to impress the coaches, while Cassidy was right behind her.
"Miller saved her varsity spot one more week, beating her overall personal best from 2012 by 2:36," said the coach. "Just shows you that hard work over the summer pays off.
"Samantha Grohe and Michela Palma both earned a chance to run on varsity this weekend, making a statement in their first high school 5K race."
Grohe placed first overall in the open run at 20:55, while Palma was second at 22:36, leading the Greenmen to a third-place finish out of eight teams.
"We are really excited about Boardman to see what the boys and girls will do with the new change up in the varsity squads. I think each week the squads will continue to change, creating some great intersquad competition that we haven't had in a few years."
Other open race results for the girls were: Lauren Hunt, 10th in 23:53; Morgan Miller, 39th in 25:23; Jacqueline Caputo, 46th in 25:31; Brooke Kosar, 48th in 25:42; Isabella Pollack, 52nd in 26:01; Brittany Schambach, 56th in 26:05; Kaylin Anderson, 64th in 26:31; Haley Gromack, 69th in 26:39; Olivia Pollack, 73rd in 26:43; Megan Phillips, 87th in 27:03.
Taylor Fritzsche, 100th in 27:38; Josephine Stummer, 104th in 27:44; Emily Studer, 105th in 27:54; Sarah Marchese, 106th in 27:56; Rachelle Love, 117th in 28:17; Sydney Pinney, 118th in 28:17; Maiko Reed, 126th in 28:47; Kathleen Cymanski, 138th in 29:42; Maddison Flagg, 145th in 30:41; Abigail Jensen, 153rd in 31:52; and Kelsey Kadow, 154th in 32:06.
Other boys open results were: Sam Flowers, 53rd in 20:52; Joel Stell, 59th in 21:01; Reid Stephan, 63rd in 21:04; Benjamin Sender, 70th in 21:14; Kyle Baldwin, 92nd in 21:39; Trent Deanna, 96th in 21:41; Brett Poremba, 97th in 21:42.
Zachary Francisco, 122nd in 22:20; David Intihar, 127th in 22:29; Cameron Schnell, 144th in 23:16; Ryan Carey, 145th in 23:23; Josh Kane, 148th in 23:36; Thomas Micatrotto, 168th in 24:39; and Dane Fellenstein, 169th in 24:45.