Lakewood OH

Running toward a dream

WSC cross country preview provides
a glimpse of coming attractions

By Jim Horvath

Under sun-drenched skies Saturday morning, Westshore cross country fans got a good look at the future during the West Shore Conference Preview at Bay Village’s Cahoon Park.

In the boys race, Bay competed without defending Division II state champion Michael Brajdic. With the Rocket senior taking the weekend off, Bay settled for second place in the team standings behind Avon.

The Rockets, however, did have the top two runners on the day as Nick Banks led most of the way and won with a time of 16:21.00. Teammate Sam Allen, running in just his sixth-ever cross country event, was second with a 6:39.00.

Avon won the team race, placing four runners in the top 10 for 41 points. Bay was right behind with 60, followed closely by Rocky River with 64. Fairview was sixth in the final standings.

River dominated the girls race, putting six runners in the top 10 to score 25 points. But Bay, with three runners in the top five, kept pace and took second with 38 team points. Avon was third with 90 points, while Fairview was fifth overall.

Winning the girls race was River junior Maddie McDonough, who turned in a time of 19:49.00. Her running mate for most of the race, fellow junior Elyse Bierut, took second with a 19:59.00.

Then came the Bay contingent, led by junior state qualifier Hanna Sterle in third place with a time of 20:18.00. And right behind her were two raw rookies, freshmen Maddie Britton (20:27.00) and Alyse Arko (20:55.00).

River sophomore Madi Connelly was sixth with a 21:01.00, while another sophomore, rookie Anna Eversman, was seventh with her time of 21:10.00. At ninth was freshman Ellen Corcoran with a 21:34.00′ while junior Megan Auzenbergs was 10th with a 21:36.00 clocking.

Fairview’s top runner on the day was freshman Emma McQuate, who finished 26th with a time of 22:58.00.

For the boys, senior Eric Stoddard ran a strong race for River, finishing fourth overall with a time of 16:50.00. Teammate Blake Williams was the next Pirate to enter the chute, finishing 11th with a 17:54.00. Fairview’s Wade Clark was 12th with his time of 17:59.00, while teammate Brian Hom was right behind in 13th place with his time of 18:09.00.

For a more in-depth account of this race, please see the Sept. 1 issue of West Life this coming Wednesday.



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