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Girls get Medina County sweep at Suburban League cross country meet

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    Wadsworth's Clare Nicholas leads the field on her way to winning the girls National division at the Suburban League Championships.


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    Highland's Kaylie Kenne runs on her way to winning the girls American division at the Suburban League Championships.


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    Highland's Vince Manning runs to a second place finish in the boys American division of the Suburban League Championships.



NORTON — For Highland’s Kaylie Kenne, Thursday afternoon at Sliver Creek Metro Park was the exclamation point of an impressive career in the Suburban League.

For Wadsworth’s Clare Nicholas, it was the beginning of something special.

The runners were downright impressive in capturing the American and National Conference titles, respectively, and helping their teams to championships at the SL Postseason Meet.

“I was happy with it,” the modest Kenne said after winning her third straight league title, this time in 18:45. “The course was really muddy and mushy in places so, based on the conditions, I was happy with my times.”

Kenne and Nicholas had almost identical races in which each seemed to be in full control after the opening mile before recording sub-19 minute times. They were the only runners to do so on the challenging course.

Kenne outlasted the American Conference field by 38 seconds to beat Tallmadge’s Ravyn Edge. More importantly, the Hornets won their second straight league banner thanks to four runners in the top 10.

“I knew Ravyn was going to go out hard, so I was just trying to keep my eyes on her,” Kenne said. “I wanted to get up to her in the beginning, and then I just tried to see how close I could get to the guy driving the cart.”

Madelynn Madison placed fourth in 19:52 and was followed by Elissa Scheel (6th place, 20:45) and Amanda Orban (8th, 21:03) as Highland compiled a 21-point win over Aurora.

While Kenne’s victory was a storybook ending, Nicholas wrote an eye-catching opening chapter.

After losing to Hudson’s Brenna Beucler last month at the Boardman Invitational, the determined rookie left no doubt in the rematch. Nicholas crossed 35 seconds ahead of Beucler in 18:55.

“I didn’t have a time in mind. I just really wanted to beat her,” Nicholas said. “I just felt pretty good during the race, and I slowly pulled away as the race went on. I was pleasantly surprised when I got under 19.”

Even more impressive was the fact that the Grizzlies, who were second to the Explorers at the SL Super Duals, posted an eight-point victory. Laney Corell clocked a season-low 19:56 to take fourth, while Ashley Galek was seventh in 20:09.

Highland’s boys also walked away with a trophy, edging rival Copley by 13 points.

Senior Vince Manning, the reigning American Conference champ, couldn’t find enough to catch Aurora freshman Matthew Singleton, who led from start to finish in recording a 16:32. Manning and teammates Max McAdams and Avery Finding were next in 17:01, 17:06 and 17:12, respectively.

“I was surprised how aggressively he was running,” Manning said of Singleton. “I thought I had him, but he started gaining ground. It was just exhausting.

“We won the team race, though, so this is gone from memory. That’s all I was thinking about.”

That mindset was shared with the entire Hornets roster.

“We were trying to go for position and not time today,” McAdams said. “We all had to do our jobs, and we did. It’s been nice (winning), but we’re always pushing to get better.”

The National Conference boys race was dominated by Hudson, but Twinsburg’s Ryan Adkins won in an impressive 15:58.

Wadsworth’s Benji House did all he could to keep the feverish pace in placing just four seconds out of the top 10 with a 17:06. Sam Drown, who worked to the lead pack after the first 1ᄑ miles, was 17th in 17:24 as the Grizzlies were fifth.

“For the first mile I felt comfortable, and then Sam caught up and we were just working each other until just before the two-mile,” House said. “I started kicking and found my way back up in the pack.”

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NORTON — Results from the Suburban League Championships held at Silver Creek Metro Park. Top ten individuals and Medina County runners listed.


National Conference

Team standings: 1. Hudson 21, 2. Stow 87, 3. Brecksville 98, 4. Nordonia 106, 5. Wadsworth 113, 6. Twinsburg 141, 7. North Royalton 172, 8. Cuyahoga Falls 221.

Individual standings: 1. Ryan Adkins (T) 15:58, 2. Evan Manley (H) 16:11, 3. Adam Beucler (H) 16:17, 4. Jacob Russo (H) 16:30, 5. Lucas Lay (H) 16:40, 6. Jack Barchet (B) 16:50, 7. Andrew Goldslager (H) 16:55, 8. Jayden Wimbush (Nor) 17:15, 9. Jack Root (H) 17:00, 10. Jason Anzaldi (S) 17:02.

Wadsworth (113): 11. Benji House 17:06, 17. Sam Drown 17:24, 22. Matt Flaker 17:44, 31. Henning Elsass 17:55, 32. Ryan Sieber 18:00, 34. Jonah Murphy 18:07, 35. Brody Parrish 18:08.

American Conference

Team standings: 1. Highland 38, 2. Copley 51, 3. Aurora 61, 4. Tallmadge 70, 5. Revere 133, 6. Kent Roosevelt 190, 7. Barberton 206.

Individual standings: 1. Matthew Singleton (A) 16:32, 2. Vince Manning (H) 17:01, 3. Max McAdams (H) 17:06, 4. Avery Finding (H) 17:12, 5. Tommy Naiman (T) 17:13, 6. Zach Brown (T) 17:24, 7. Aidan Woods (C) 17:24, 8. Robert Taylor (A) 17:25, 9. Chase Harbaugh (C) 17:30, 10. Christ Klein (C) 17:30.

Highland (38): 2. Manning 17:01, 3. McAdams 17:06, 4. Finding 17:12, 13. William Van Fossen 17:37, 16. Joseph Sewell 17:55, 23. Isaac McPherson 18:32, 26. Dylan Liggett 18:41.


National Conference

Team standings: 1. Wadsworth 37, 2. Hudson 45, 3. North Royalton 94, 4. Twinsburg 97, 5. Brecksville 144, 6. Stow 155, 7. Nordonia 175, 8. Cuyahoga Falls 177.

Individual standings: 1. Clare Nicholas (W) 18:55, 2. Brenna Beucler (H) 19:30, 3. Emmaline Hannan (H) 19:53, 4. Laney Corell (W) 19:56, 5. Sydney Gallagher (H) 20:05, 6. Mackenzie Cassiday (S) 20:07, 7. Ashley Galek (W) 20:09, 8. Anna Mehendale (B) 20:14, 9. Alyssa Deeds (T) 20:17, 10. Kendra Cassidy (S) 20:20.

Wadsworth (37): 1. Nicholas 18:55, 4. Corell 19:56, 7. Galek 20:09, 11. Rachel Murphy 20:24, 14. Sami Beddow 20:37, 23. Michaela Davis 21:11, 34. Emma Codding 21:36.

American Conference

Team standings: 1. Highland 30, 2. Aurora 51, 3. Tallmadge 75, 4. Copley 78, 5. Revere 160, 6. Kent Roosevelt 161..

Individual standings: 1. Kaylie Kenne 18:45, 2. Ravyn Edge (T) 19:23, 3. Kenna Loveless (T) 19:31, 4. Madelynn Madison (H) 19:52, 5. Karsen Zabell (A) 20:06, 6. Elissa Scheel (H) 20:45, 7. Morgan Schmitt (A) 20:58, 8. Amanda Orban (H) 21:03, 9. Abby Owen (C) 21:12, 10. Missy Deptowicz (C) 21:13.

Highland (30): 1. Kenne 18:45, 4. Madison 19:52, 6. Scheel 20:45, 8. Orban 21:03, 11. Elizabeth Oberhaus 21:13, 15. Emma Cox 21:19, 18. Melissa Bearer 21:31.

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