FROM STAFF REPORTS
Aurora -- In one of its strongest Chagrin Valley Conference meet showings in recent years, the Greenmen girls cross country squad earned top honors in the eight-team Chagrin Division on Oct. 12 at Kenston.
"The girls did an amazing job," said coach Laura Bell. "It was only the second CVC title; we won in 1999. The boys' showing was great, too [they placed fourth out of nine teams]. The weather conditions were perfect, and it was a great day to race."
The girls were paced by Deja Davis and Samantha Grohe, who finished 1-2 overall in 19:37.7 and 19:39, respectively.
The remaining five finishers were: Dana Cassidy, ninth in 20:46.5; Marissa Henderson, 14th in 21:14.6; Michela Palma, 18th in 21:35; Deanna Calder, sixth in 21:58.8; and Sammie Miller, seventh in 22:20.4.
"The girls knew Kenston and Chagrin Falls were going to be tough to beat and it would be close," said Bell. "Six of our seven runners set new personal bests, and Davis and Grohe really got out fast and pushed each other through the 2-mile and down to the finish.
"Cassidy continues to be consistent, and Henderson had a breakout race to set a personal best. The latter has worked hard this season and has stayed very consistent. She dropped about 15 seconds off her best time.
"Palma really stepped up and took fifth for the team, Miller and Calder also ran well, and Emily Keller ran great in the open race, earning her spot back on the varsity for the district meet this weekend."
The boys were paced by Andrew Swan's 12th-place overall finish in 17:29.4. He was followed by Jack Brown, 18th in 18:04.4; Logan Gross, 20th in 18:07.5; Tristan White, 24th in 18:34.9; Daniel Sovich, 32nd in 19:13.6; David Meredith, 39th in 19:27.3; and Jack Petroski, 43rd in 20:05.
"The boys knew Kenston was favored to win [and it did]," said Bell. "They raced with everything they had and all heart and soul. I'm extremely proud of them; I couldn't ask for more. Swan and Brown will receive CVC second team honors and Gross and White are honorable mention. And Stephen Riley earned a spot back on the varsity this week with his open race effort."
The open race was run as a coed event. Aurora's finishers were as follows:
Riley, 13th overall in 18:56; Joel Stell, 29th in 19:34.3; Ian Houston, 30th in 19:34.6; Noah Wordell, 34th in 19:38.2; Zachary Jenkins, 43rd in 19:55.7; Benjamin Sender, 55th in 20:23.5; Reid Stephan, 56th in 20:24.1; Austin Biggs, 63rd in 20:55.2.
Kyle Baldwin, 64th in 21:02.1; Henery Vachon, 66th in 21:10; Trent Deanna, 67th in 21:10.5; Brett Poremba, 68th in 21:13.1; Sam Flowers, 71st in 21:21.6; Ryan Carey, 78th in 21:33.7; Scott Carlson, 80th in 21:34.8; Thomas Micatrotto, 81st in 21:35; Josh Kane, 90th in 22:06.1; Emily Keller, 91st in 22:08.6.
Garret Aini, 97th in 2:18.9; Brandon Miller, 100th in 22:30.4; Abbey Stechler, 101st in 22:32.5; Cameron Schnell, 103rd in 22:39.5; Lauren Hunt, 108th in 22:57.1; Hannah Swan, 112th in 23:08.8; Gavan Baker, 16th in 23:22.1; Dane Fellenstein, 117th in 23:22.8; Jacqueline Caputo, 132nd in 24:11; Allison Jenkins, 144th in 24:44.4.
Isabella Pollack, 148th in 24:54.6; Sammie DiGeranimo, 149th in 24:55.7; Megan Phillips, 153rd in 25:12.5; Kaylin Anderson, 154th in 25:14.5; Sydney Pinney, 156th in 25:25.3; Logan Huffman, 157th in 25:29.2; Olivia Pollack, 164th in 26:17.4; Sarah Marchese, 166th in 26:31.9; Emily Studer, 167th in 26:34.7.
Megan Maull, 173rd in 26:54.3; Rachelle Love, 174th in 26:57.2; Brooke Kosar, 177th in 27:15.8; Ryan Sharafuddin, 183rd in 27:46.7; Taylor Fritzsche, 184th in 27:51.4; Josephine Stummer, 189th in 28:27.3; Nora Dillow, 190th in 28:32.2; Kathleen Cymanski, 191st in 28:32.6; and Kelsey Kadow, 206th in 31:01.6.
Bell said there were some great showings in the last JV race, and many runners set personal bests in their last action of the season.
"We've made several small changes to the program to improve it," said Bell. "We added an additional assistant coach, and running on the old golf course was huge. We were able to keep the runners focused, and we had a group who not only had talent, but had the work ethic to back it up."
This week's district is at the Trumbull County fairgrounds in Cortland. Bell said it will be tough as only the top 15 individuals and top four teams will advance to the regional meet in Boardman.
"We will give it everything to get to the next level," she said. "It would be huge if the girls can qualify as a team. It has never been done by the girls or boys since we moved to Division I. We hope all of our fans will come out and support us."
Fans going to the fairgrounds should go east into Hiram, then continue east on Route 305 to Durst-Clegg Road (CR 199) and then north to Everett-Cortland-Hull Road (CR 193). The grounds is on the northeast corner of CRs 193 and 199.