FROM STAFF REPORTS
Aurora -- The Greenmen girls cross country team managed a fourth-place finish out of 18 teams at the Gilmour Academy Paul Primeau Invitational on Sept. 7, while the boys placed 12th of 19 teams.
The girls finished behind Gilmour, Bay Village and St. Joseph Academy in the gray division, while the top three boys teams were Avon Lake, Avon and St. Edward.
Leading the charge for the girls was Samantha Grohe, eighth in 20:03.9, followed by Deja Davis, 18th in 20:22.4; Dana Cassidy, 27th in 20:47.1; Deanna Calder, 41st in 21:13.6; Marissa Henderson, 48th in 21:32.4; Michela Palma, 66th in 22:02.1; and Sammie Miller, 95th in 22:56.2.
Andrew Swan placed fifth overall for the boys in 17:09.5. He was followed by Logan Gross, 54th in 18:14.5; Jack Brown, 70th in 18:35.5; Tristen White, 79th in 18:49; Daniel Sovich, 87th in 19:08.8; David Meredith, 99th in 19:49; and Jack Petroski, 107th in 20:02.2.
Coach Laura Bell said it was a beautiful day to run, and 24 of 31 girls and 11 out of 28 boys had new personal bests. "The course tends to be better for the girls with their shorter legs, because the boys have to slow their strides as they go round the curves," Bell said.
The coach said Aurora at first was placed third, but then someone noticed a St. Joseph girl was not counted, and that put St. Joseph into third. Bell said beating Chardon, Mentor, Solon and Kenston was crucial since those teams will be in the Greenmen's district meet.
The coach said Grohe, Davis, Calden, Henderson and Palma had personal bests.
Aurora's girls placed sixth out of 16 teams and the boys were 15th out of 20 in the JV race.
Meanwhile for the boys, Bell said Swan is feeling more and more confident after each workout, while Brown continues to drop his times and Stephen Riley had a great JV race and will elevate to the varsity this week.
Individual results for the girls JVs were: Emily Keller, 22nd in 2:53.4; Allison Jenkins, 30th in 23:10.6; Lauren Hunt, 31st in 23:11.8; Jacqueline Caputo, 42nd in 23:42.5; Bittany Schambach, 49th in 23:59.4; Isabella Pollack, 62nd in 24:38.5; and Brooke Kosar, 68th in 24:50.7.
Bell said Keller earned her way back to the varsity for the next meet, while Pollack had a personal best by almost 2 minutes with a modified training plan because of an old injury.
Individual results for the boys JVs were: Riley, 45th in 19:30.3; Zachary Jenkins, 84th in 20:11.4; Henery Vachon, 89th in 20:20.7; Reid Stephan, 91st in 20:28.5; Joel Stell, 97th in 20:42.6; Sam Flowers, 99th in 20:45.7; and Austin Biggs, 112th in 21:07.54.
The teams will head to Silver Springs Park in Stow for an invitational on Oct. 5, which starts at 9 a.m.
"We are improving each week," said Bell, "but we have to continue to work hard, keep our goals in mind and stay focused."