By Joe Ostrica
It was a spectacular finish for the Bay girls cross country team as the Lady Rockets finished second overall at the Division II state meet Saturday. Bay finished with a final score of 119, just behind state champion St. Vincent-St. Mary (101) and ahead of third-place finisher Woodridge (141).
“Danielle Harkins and I are co-head coaches of the Bay girls cross country team and we are incredibly proud of the season they have had this year,” Bay co-head coach Anne Ashley said. “In a new division with new competition they handled all the new challenges well and we are so happy with their post season performance.”
Senior Maddie Britton led Bay with a time of 18:51.50 to finish ninth overall. Freshman Amanda Cusimano placed 15th overall with a time of 19:02.30.
“To have a freshman finish 15th, make the podium and get All-Ohio honors is a pretty incredible accomplishment,” Ashley said. “We are so proud of Amanda and all of the girls on the team. The seniors are a very special group and will be greatly missed.”
Sophomores Abby Christel and Olivia Bechtel and seniors Alyse Arko, Hallie Bechtel and Sarah Christel round out Bay’s roster.
The Rocky River placed 12th overall in the girls Division I competition, finishing with 257 points. Mason won the girls Division I state championship with 76 points. The Lady Pirates were led by Anna Brandt, Chloe Bierut, Nora McKeown, Ellen Corcoran, Elise Pichola, Laura DeVito and Terri Sack.
Several boys compete in state meet
St. Ignatius placed seventh overall in the boys Division I cross country state meet. The Wildcats’ roster features Westlake’s Luke Wagner and Tim Trentel and Rocky River’s Tom Sullivan. Rocky River High School Justin Reynolds also competed in the meet.
Lakewood senior Nick Boatman capped off a stellar 2013 cross country season finishing 28th overall with a time of 16:08. In a race that saw 52 runners break 5:00 for the first mile, Boatman ran his second-fastest 5K as the second finisher from Northeast Ohio.
Avon Lake senior Tim Villari finished 36th overall with a time of 16:14.32. Avon senior Austin Fasciana placed 55th overall with a time of 16:31.00.