FROM STAFF REPORTS
Aurora -- Harmon School's girls cross country team placed fifth and the boys placed 13th in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Invitational on Sept. 28.
Coach Tracy England said about 24 teams competed in the Woodridge run. "It is a beautiful hilly course, and the meet is always a challenge, with some of the biggest and best programs around running on what I believe to be one of the most challenging courses in the state," she said.
Results in the regular team girls run were: Gena Leib, 21st in 4:23; Marissa Sesny, 28th in 14:28; Maddie Schmitt, 34th in 14:40; Brynn Sesny, 44th in 14:52; Carly Obly, 58th in 15:15; Courtney Long, 59th in 15:17; and Whitney Lieberth, 63rd in 15:22.
For the main boys team, results were: Jack Sovich, 36th in 13:16; Tyler Liston, 59th in 13:45; Jack Behringer, 67th in 13:50; Ryan Fritinger, 102nd in 14:19; Zach Goldston, 124th in 14:43; Kyle Ruehr, 125th in 14:44; and Michael Kaplan, 136th in 15:02.
Harmon placed fourth in the women's open and 10th in the boys open races.
Girls open results were: Katie Phillips, 11th in 15:41; Jodi Olby, 12th in 15:42; Shayla Sellers, 31st in 16:29; Adrienne Crasi, 37th in 16:41; Julia Brezovec, 43rd in 16:46; Olivia Cymanski, 51st in 16:57; and Sami Richards, 64th in 17:20.
Boys open results were: Zach Thomas, 63rd in 15:39; Carter Miley, 87th in 16:04; John Kushan, 112th in 16:51; Ethan Ellis, 121st in 17:12; Kameron Fry, 133rd in 17:31; and Colin Weil, 167th in 24:24.
The team were successful in several other meets in September.
At the Bruce Lerch Invitational in Brecksville, the locals competed against 26 other teams on a course that was difficult to navigate because of more than 200 participants and some very narrow paths.
The girls finished in eighth place, with Leib, Schmitt, both Sesnys, Lauren Sapochetti, Courtney Long and Nicole Doemling leading the charge. The boys placed 17th of 24 teams, with Sovich, Behringer, Liston, Goldston, Fritinger, Ruehr and Michael Gosnell scoring.
The squads visited Coulby Park in Wickliffe on a 90-degree day, but England said the locals pressed through as the girls took first ahead of Wickliffe and Orange and the boys were second to the Lions.
Leading the way were M. Sesny, Leib, Long, B. Sesny, Sapochetti, Liz Keller and Obly for the girls and Sovich, Behringer, Liston, Goldston, Fritinger and Ruehr for the boys.
Against Chagrin Falls and Hawken, the girls and boys were second to the Tigers on a golden rod trail at Froehring Meadows, which was tough on runners with seasonal allergies.
M. Sesny was fourth, Leib sixth, Obly seventh, Schmitt eighth, Keller ninth, Long 11th and Sapochetti 12th. For the boys, Max Miotke was fifth, followed by Sovich, Behringer, Ruehr, Goldston and Fritinger. Many of the boys turned in personal bests.
"The girls have been a dream team for any coach, and deserve all their success. They continue to work hard at practice and press to improve," said England.
Harmon was scheduled to end its season Oct. 1 at Kenston in a meet which also included Kirtland.