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Medina's Keller wins Festival, but Kenne's Hornets take team title

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MEDINA — The Medina Festival wasn’t the first time Medina’s Juliette Keller and Highland’s Kaylie Kenne went head-to-head on the cross country course.

It won’t be the last, either.

Keller pulled away Saturday to win the race, but Kenne and her teammates had the last laugh as they defeated the host Bees 58-81 for the title at the 26th annual event.

Keller and Kenne, who will see each other again in two weeks at the Medina Division I District and potentially two more times after that, seemed unfazed by unusually warm conditions at Ella Canavan Elementary School and put on quite an impressive show.

“We have a great relationship,” said Keller, who won in 18:23.47. “We’re friends, but during the race, we compete. So it’s a good thing, because we push each other and we’re close.”

They stayed pretty tight for the opening mile and a half before Keller made her move. The result was a win by almost 15 seconds over Kenne, who clocked 18:38.29.

“I thought she was going to wait a little, because she went at about 1¼ miles,” Kenne said. “She just took off when we hit that downhill, and I lost her from there.

“I tried to stay up with her, but she just took off really fast. When she made space, I just tried to keep the space.”

That slow start, where Keller almost was drafting Kenne along with a handful of other runners, paid off.

“I held back in the beginning and wanted to stay behind Kenne and all of them, so I went out easier than usual,” Keller said. “When I got to 1½ miles, I just told myself ‘All right, I’m going to take the lead,’ and I just went for it.”

The Hornets had a balanced attack, with AnnaMarie DiGiaccobe placing fourth in 19:07.76, followed by freshmen Madelynn Madison and Elissa Scheel, who were seventh and 11th.

That was enough to beat the Bees, who got strong runs from Ava Tenaglia in eighth and Olivia Roberts in ninth.

“It’s so awesome to have a solid team,” DiGiaccobe said. “Just knowing, coming into the race, that people are looking at us and are like ‘Oh, that’s Highland.’ It’s definitely the first time we’ve ever had that impression, so I think it’s awesome.

“It’s great to have someone in front of me (Kaylie) and someone behind me (Madelynn) that I can work off of.”

Wadsworth was sixth thanks to underclassmen Laney Correl and Ashley Galek finishing in the top 20, followed by Cloverleaf, a D-II team that ran in the upper division, in 11th. Jenna Oliver was 19th for the Colts in 20:21.86.

Black River’s girls won their portion of the combined D-II/III afternoon race. Despite the heat, the Pirates finished with 32 points as the best D-III squad.

A week after running a personal best, Hannah Heath notched another individual win in 20:53.17. Her time was fourth overall in the combined race. Carrie Cepec (5th), Kaitlyn Clifford (9th) and Sarah Kozik (10th) posted their best finishes of the season.

“Going from last week running a 19:22 to running almost a 21 today wasn’t exactly what I wanted to accomplish today,” Heath said. “But it is very hard with the heat and the later start, something we’re not used to.”

Buckeye was fourth in D-II after Holly Porter placed sixth in 21:40.02.

Cloverleaf’s boys picked up a convincing 36-71 D-II win over county rival Buckeye thanks to four of the seven scoring runners placing in the top 10.

Senior Tristan Vaughan registered a season-low 17:32.02 to place third, followed by Max Gucker (6th, 17:55), Kyle Chudzinski (7th, 18:00.73) and Nick Bailey (8th, 18:06.57).

For Vaughan, it was about adjusting his approach.

“I’ve been working on a new strategy — coast to the first mile and just start kicking right in the middle,” he said. “That’s where we have been focusing as a team. Because we all start and finish well, we just have to do the middle a little better, and that’s what we did today. I’m really proud of my team.”

The Bucks got a fourth from Gus Vogt-Shields in 17:34.63 and a ninth by Brady Vickerts (18:22.71).

Black River’s Russell Schultz took first in 16:14.25, beating D-III rival Drew Roberts of Mapleton (16:21.56) in the final mile.

“I thought he would lead most of the time, but when he fell behind me and I took the lead, I knew I couldn’t stop there,” Schultz said. “I had to keep going and stay strong. Once I got up the hill for the last time, I just kicked it.”

Medina split its squad, with the Yellow team taking runner-up honors to Kenston and the Green squad placing fifth. Highland was sandwiched in third, while Wadsworth took 14th.

Medina’s Alex Stamper was the top performer for the Yellow team, crossing fifth in 16:10.96, while the Green’s Jake Wickert was sixth (16:11.66). Four Bees placed in the top 10, as Caleb Cummings (9th) and Zach Robertson (10th) were right behind for the Yellow and Green.

“It was good. My teammates really pushed me. It’s truly a team sport,” Stamper said. “I had to keep telling myself I’m a part of that (top) group, I’m a part of the fastest people. I just kept that in mind and kept pushing myself.”

Senior Gabe Szalay paced the Grizzlies with a seventh-place run of 16:18.48, while Highland junior Vince Manning was eighth in 16:27.72.

“After the first mile, they really took off,” Manning said. “So that’s when it got difficult. There were two Medina guys ahead of me. I tried saying with them. They ended up moving up on me a lot.”

A scary moment of the race came with 800 meters left, as Wadsworth’s Nick Miller turned his ankle and was unable to finish. Miller believed he stepped on a large stick and an X-ray Saturday didn’t show any sign of a fracture. The Ohio State recruit will be in a boot this week as a precautionary measure.

Contact Dan Brown at sports@medina-gazette.com.

Results

MEDINA — Results Saturday from the 26th annual Medina Festival held at Ella Canavan Elementary School. The Division II/III races were ran together but scored separately.

Boys

Division I

Team standings (out of 24): 1. Kenston 60, 2. Medina “Yellow” 106, 3. Highland 109, 4. New Philadelphia 127, 5. Medina “Green” 137, 6. Copley 167, 7. Nordonia 215, 8. Strongsville 251, 9. University School 263, 10. North Royalton 288, 14. Wadsworth 345.

Individual standings: 1. Vincet Mauri (Howland) 15:42.18, 2. Jakob McConnell (K) 15:56.37, 3. Aidan Harr (NP) 15:57.18, 4. Justin Iler (US) 16:07.76, 5. Alex Stamper (Med-Y) 16:10.96, 6. Jake Wickert (Med-G) 16:11.66, 7. Gabe Szalay (Wad) 16:18.48, 8. Vince Manning (High) 16:27.72, 9. Caleb Cummings (Med-Y) 16:40.62, 10. Zach Robertson (Med-G) 16:48.77.

Medina Yellow (106): 5. Stamper 16:10.96, 9. Cummings 16:40.62, 19. Harry Custer 17:09.69, 28. Ryan Oleksiak 17:22.78, 45. Michael Palocko 17:35.52, 51. Blake Butsko 17:43.26, 52. Jeff Hurst 17:46.01.

Highland (109): 8. Manning 16:27.72, 23, Alex Borla 17:20.65, 25. Avery Finding 17:21.55, 26. Max McAdams 17:21.84, 27. Joseph Sewell 17:22.33, 38. Simon Welton 17:30.43, 44. William Van Fossen 17:32.13.

Medina Green (137): 6. Wickert 16:11.66, 10. Robertson 16:48.77, 22. Alex Loeper 17:20.52, 32. Graham Hayden 17:26.12, 69. Noah McKee 17:59.51, 94. Alan Dravenstott 18:29.25, 137. Caleb Cline 19:13.78.

Wadsworth (345): 7. Szalay 16:18.48, 81. Dominic Boland 18:16.59, 84. Sam Drown 18:17.28, 87. Zach Kidd 18:24.38, 97. Jonah Murphy 18:31.49, 106. Jacob McDermitt 18:43.43, 134. Elijah Heckler 19:12.19.

Division II

Team standings: 1. Cloverleaf 36, 2. Buckeye 71, 3. Willard 77, 4. Holy Name 99, 5. Black River 139, 6. Claymont 141, 7. Manchester 177.

Individual standings: 1. Russel Schultz (BR) 16:14.25, 2. Colvin Hershberger (Clay) 17:26.61, 3. Tristan Vaughan (Clo) 17:32.02, 4. Gus Vogt-Shields (Buc) 17:34.63, 5. Blake Smith (Wil) 17:49.23, 6. Max Gucker (Clo) 17:55, 7. Kyle Chudzinski (Clo) 18:00.73, 8. Nick Bailey (Clo) 18:06.57, 9. Brady Vickerts (Buc) 18:22.71, 10. Nick Schuler (HN) 18:25.41.

Cloverleaf (36): 3. Vaughan 17:32.02, 6. Gucker 17:55, 7. Chudzinski (Clo) 18:00.73, 8. Bailey 18:06.57, 12. Alex Derhammer 18:31.09, 13. Frank Stepp 18:39.29, 14. Estevan Ortega (Clo) 18:42.68.

Buckeye (71): 4. Vogt-Shields 17:34.63, 9. Vickets 18:22.71, 11. Morgan Butas 18:28.69, 21. Alex Petek 19:09.49, 27. Nick Scandlon 19:44.29, 40. Matt Ventouris 20:36.49, 43. Caleb Gerdeman 20:40.41.

Black River (139): 1. Schultz 16:14.25, 35. Zach Hawley 20:12.19, 37. Devon McLean 20:20.99, 46. Shane Mesko 20:48.92, 49. Spencer Smith 21:01.60, 67. Nate Conrad 22:10.67, 68. Devon Kuntz 22:16.06.

Girls

Division I

Team standings (out of 22): 1. Highland 58, 2. Medina 81, 3. Nordonia 130, 4. Magnificat 138, 5. Dover 151, 6. Wadsworth 203, 7. Westlake 208, 8. North Royalton 214, 9. Strongsville 258, 10. Kenston 267, 11. Cloverleaf 286, 14. Medina B 364.

Individual standings: 1. Juliette Keller (Med) 18:23.47, 2. Kaylie Kenne (High) 18:38.29, 3. Erica Francesconi (West) 18:59.81, 4. AnnaMarie DiGiaccobe (High) 19:07.76, 5. Erin Smith (Dov) 19:08.07, 6. Elyse Pleune (Ken) 19:10.75, 7. Madelynn Madison (High) 19:28.16, 8. Ava Tenaglia (Med) 19:29.48, 9. Olivia Roberts (Med) 19:31.19, 10. Grace Nolen (Dov) 19:45.09.

Highland (58): 2. Kenne 18:38.29, 4. DiGiaccobe 19:07.76, 7. Madison 19:28.16, 11. Elissa Scheel 19:50.22, 34. Elizabeth Oberhause 20:46.40, 53. Amanda Orban, 55. Emma Cox 21:09.74.

Medina (81): 1. Keller 18:23.47, 8. Tenaglia 19:29.48, 9. Roberts 19:31.19, 31. Maddie Miller 20:38.56, 32. Jessica Campbell 20:39.54, 39. Angela Dobson 20:54.22, 48. Sarah McKee 21:03.13.

Wadsworth (203): 13. Laney Corell 19:59.23, 16. Ashley Galek 20:03.47, 24. Payton Grigsby 20:26.26, 62. Michaela Davis 21:13.55, 96. Heidi Hartzler 21:57.82, 99. Reagan Gatz 22:02.61, 111. Rachel Osterhouse 22:18.60.

Cloverleaf (286): 19. Jenna Oliver 20:21.86, 56. Bailey Freeland 21:10.06, 60. Tommie Kurtz 21:12.87, 65. Sara Naples 21:19.80, 97. Brenna Holliday 21:58.38, 107. Maria Porras 22:10.90, 121. Katelyn Malena 22:43.75.

Medina B (364): 68. Lucy O’Cull 21:22.24, 73. Claire Schmeller 21:27.02, 79. Kate Stump 21:30.94, 80. Avery Dudash 21:32.50, 82. Valerie Suttman 21:35.42, 88. Reagan Kole 21:42.92, 105. Alysen Dwyer 22:04.73.

Division II

Team standings: 1. New Philadelphia 46, 2. Hoban 47, 3. Willard 93, 4. Buckeye 107, 5. Holy Name 127, 6. Revere 134, 7. Manchester 164, 8. Buchtel 245.

Individual standings: 1. Rachel Anderson (NP) 20:00.12, 2. Bridget Hahn (Hob) 20:20.74, 3. Rebekah Stoneman (NP) 20:44.82, 4. Emily Rothhaar (Wil) 21:14.97, 5. Mackenzie McCarthy (Man) 21:25.31, 6. Holly Porter (Buc) 21:40.02, 7. Annabelle Brink (Hob) 21:56.47, 8. Sarah Stoneman (NP) 21:57.62, 9. Sarah Sparks (HN) 22:00.55, 10. Audrey Ruscak (Hob) 22:10.60.

Buckeye (107): 6. Porter 21:40.02, 14. Lydia Healy 22:35.69, 31. Faith Krakowski 23:49.02, 32. Dakota Burrell 23:54.42, 33. Kayleigh Flood 23:54.52, 34. Morgan Sejka 23:55.07, 38. Julia Fike 24:19.13.

Division III

Team standings: 1. Black River 32, 2. Elyria Catholic 48, 3. Mapleton 68, 4. Rootstown 76.

Individual standings: 1. Hannah Heath (BR) 20:53.17, 2. Emma Hinkle (Loudonville) 20:56.09, 3. Katie Barlow (EC) 21:50.77, 4. Beth Ziegelmeyer (EC) 22:03.38, 5. Carrie Cepec (BR) 22:27.93, 6. Joyce Stupka (EC) 22:41.56, 7. Savannah Munger (R) 23:00.18, 8. Bree Gregory (Map) 23:08.20, 9. Kaitlyn Clifford (BR) 23:16.11, 10. Sarah Kozik (BR) 23:18.93.

Black River (32): 1. Heath 20:53.17, 5. Cepec 22:27.93, 9. Clifford 23:16.11, 10. Kozik 23:18.93, 11. Mandy Yoder 23:24.61, 13. Breanna Clifford 23:42.58, 24. Tara Cleary 25:06.43.



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