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Brunswick girls lead area state cross country qualifiers

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YOUNGSTOWN — Emily Bardwell admitted her start was far from perfect.

The finish, however, was textbook.

Bardwell took control of the Boardman Division I Regional in the final mile and cruised to a five-second victory Saturday afternoon that helped Brunswick’s girls cross country team secure another state berth.

“I’m shocked,” she said. “I’m really happy and a little bit surprised. It got out kind of slow, so I tried to pick it up a little. I had a lot to finish on.”

Boy, did she ever.

After starting within sight of Highland’s Kaylie Kenne, Medina’s Juliette Keller and St. Joseph Academy’s Annie Allen, Bardwell picked off each runner by the two-mile mark before creating separation to finish in an impressive 18:50.2.

Kenne chasing her down in the final half-mile and a course that was basically a mud pit didn’t stop the junior.

“I just tried to hold on to my spot as best as I could,” Bardwell said. “I knew there would be people coming up on me, but I just tried to use them to push me.

“I was a little bit worried (about Kenne), but she really pushed me and helped me to finish as strong as I did.”

Bardwell’s victory combined with Alyssa Wolf’s seventh-place 19:41 helped Brunswick lock up fourth.

While Bardwell dominated, Medina was in complete control of the team race.

Behind the steady leadership of junior Juliette Keller, who was third in 18:58.3 behind Kenne (18:55.5), the Bees compiled 103 points that were more than enough to beat Massillon Jackson (156). The Blue Devils and Wadsworth, which was fifth, also secured spots to National Trail Raceway.

“This was fun,” Keller said. “It was hard because I wanted to catch up to (Kenne) and (Bardwell), but it was so hard to push past because it was so cold. I was trying to faster, but my muscles were so cold and I kept slipping.”

Keller wasn’t alone, as Olivia Roberts crossed in 14th and Maddie Miller (27th, 20:21), Ava Tenaglia (29th, 20:31.8), Savannah Kole (37th, 20:41.1) and Angela Dobson (39th, 20:43.9) displayed the trademark pack running that has been so successful this season.

“It’s pretty much the same recipe as the last couple of weeks,” Bees coach Scott VanFleet said. “Ava came back this week and ran really well. Savanna stepped up. These last few weeks, we’ve consistently had, for the bulk of the race, 3-4 kids running together. I’ll tell you, that helps.”

Despite Kenne’s gritty second-place finish, the Hornets missed a second straight state trip by placing 11th with 270 points. The senior won’t be alone, however, as sophomore Madelynn Madison earned the 28th and final individual qualifying spot, clocking 20:24.6.

Kenne was quick to give credit to Bardwell.

“Emily’s move was unexpected, but once I caught back up to her, I just tried to stay with her,” Kenne said. “I’m glad she made that push because it helped both of us to pull away from the bigger front pack.

“She has a really good kick at the end, and my biggest goal was just to make it to state. Since it was cold, my legs wouldn’t move as fast as I wanted them to.”

Wadsworth advanced behind Clare Nicholas’ fifth-place 19:21.5. The freshman kept her sights on the lead pack before finishing behind regional champion Olivia Howell of Solon.

Laney Corell was 32nd in 20:38.5.

“I think I ran pretty good,” Nicholas said. “It was a little slippery, but the weather was perfect and the rain was nice.”

Bardwell wasn’t the only area winner, as Medina resident Ella Gilson took the D-II victory for Hawken School.

Gilson led from the start en route to crossing in 18:55.4, soundly beating St. Vincent-St. Mary’s Theresa Hagey (19:22.8) to become the first Hawken runner to win a regional since 2012.

“I had to make sure to keep a good pace,” Gilson said. “I was just hoping to do well for my team.

“The key was keeping consistent. I didn’t take out the mile as fast as I usually do because usually I take it out really fast and get tired, and I didn’t want to be that tired today.”

Cloverleaf was 10th despite another strong run from freshman Makaela Salyer, who was in contention for an individual berth until the final mile before placing 31st in 20:57.8. Sophomore Maria Porras wasn’t too far behind in 36th (21:07.2).

Medina’s boys qualified for state for the 13th time in the last 15 seasons with a fourth-place showing in the D-I race.

Junior Harry Custer led with his 26th-place 16:55.5. Caleb Cummings wasn’t too far back in 34th, clocking 17:11.3.

“I pulled it back (after a fast start), and the first mile was tough because guys were passing me,” Custer said. “I just thought to myself, ‘I’ll let them make moves now, and I’ll make moves later in the race.’”

The key for Medina was support of Graham Hayden and Michael Palocko, who crossed 51st and 61st.

“After so many people counted us out, we had a lot to prove and a lot of our seniors stepped up,” Custer said. “I’m really, really proud.”

Highland senior Vince Manning was three spots ahead of Custer, finishing 23rd in 16:55.15 to advance for the first time. Manning, who had struggled on the Boardman course, didn’t seem to have any problems and still found a little left in the tank.

“Incredible,” Manning said of advancing. “Every year I come to this course, I struggle. I’ve struggled so much. Today I took a different approach. I got out a lot slower than normal, and I think that helped a lot.

“Coming through that last mile, I still had so much left because I didn’t take it out too hard. I was able to maintain and grab a couple more spots before it got hectic.”

Brunswick’s Colton Uber waited around the finish line for more than 10 minutes following the race to find out where he finished. The junior missed a state berth by one spot and two seconds, clocking 17:02.9.

While Manning moved on, his Hornets did not in 10th. Senior Avery Finding was 36th.

Wadsworth senior Benji House competed as an individual and was 46th in 17:19.4.

Cloverleaf’s Max Gucker also will make his first state trip after an impressive sixth-place finish in D-II.

Gucker, who was 10 seconds from a state spot a year ago, finished in 17:02.5. The junior used efficient course management to make sure he didn’t get caught behind the crowd.

“I just needed to get up into the top pack and try to separate myself from all the chaos behind me,” he said. “It was important because, if you’re with a big group, you’re likely to get cutoff around the turns.

“It really hasn’t me yet. I’m excited, and I’m really thankful to have another week.”

The Colts were ninth despite Gucker’s effort and runs from Kyle Chudzinski (60th, 18:18.1) and Alex Derhammer (67th, 18:23).

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

Results

BOYS

Division I

Team standings: 1. Hudson 65, 2. Massillon Jackson 12, 3. St. Ignatius 167, 4. Medina 184, 5. University School 189, 6. Louisville 215, 7. Kenston 223. Others: 8. Solon 225, 9. Amherst 264, 10. Highland 272, 11. Hoover 275, 12. GlenOak 294, 13. Mentor 306, 14. Shaker Heights 365, 15. Painesville Riverside 374, 16. St. Edward 384, 17. Aurora 397, 18. Hoban 429, 19. Geneva 484, 20. Avon Lake 505, 21. Strongsville 522, 22. Wooster 532, 23. Mayfield 673.

Individual qualifiers: 1. Vincent Mauri (Howland) 15:51, 2. Josh Hill (Amh) 16:04.6, 3. Ryan Adkins (Twinsburg) 16:14.6, 4. Giovanni Copploe (Canfield) 16:25.6, 5. Jakob McConnell (Ken) 16:42.1, 6. Evan Akers (Jack) 16:42.8, 7. Evan Manley (Hud) 16:43.4, 8. Justin Iler (US) 16:46.1, 9. Adam Beucler (Hud) 16:46.7, 10. Nicholas Kozlowski (Men) 16:46.8, 11. Nathan Moore (Lake) 16:47.2, 12. Jay Lutton (Hvr) 16:47.4, 13. Daniel Conway (St. E) 16:48.5, 14. Lucas Lay (Hud) 16:48.8, 15. Matthew Singleton (Aur) 16:49.3, 16. Mitchel Dunham (Boardman) 16:49.8, 17. Nick Saul (St. I) 16:50.2, 18. Tyler Wierzbicki (Lake) 16:51.1, 19. Logan Esper (So) 16:53.7, 20. Nathaniel Ondracek (Walsh Jesuit) 16:53.8, 21. Jayden Wimbush (Nordonia) 16:54.8, 22. Joe Backus (Olmsted Falls) 16:55, 23. Vince Manning (High) 16:55.15, 24. Steven Zucca (St. I) 16:55.18, 25. Harry Custer (Med) 16:55.5, 26. Kenny McCaughey (Hud) 16:55.9, 27. A.J. Hoffa (PR) 16:57.4, 28. Ben Chao (US) 17:00.1.

Medina (184): 26. Custer 16:55.5, 34. Caleb Cummings 17:11.3, 51. Graham Hayden 17:30.3, 61. Michael Palocko 17:40.3, 78. Cameron Schontzler 17:55.8, 87. Kevin Horrigan 18:02.1, 88. Drew Reddick 18:02.9.

Highland (272): 23. Manning 16:55.15, 36. Avery Finding 17:13.6, 52. Max McAdams 17:33.3, 115. William Van Fossen 18:14, 121. Joseph Sewell 18:16.5, 166. Dylan Liggett 18:53.9, 177. John Naizer 19:11.4.

Other area athletes: 29. Colton Uber (Brunswick) 17:02.9, 46. Benji House (Wadsworth) 17:19.4.

Division II

Team standings: 1. Woodridge 55, 2. St. Vincent-St. Mary 63, 3. Bay 92, 4. Tuslaw 196, 5. Salem 212, 6. Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin 225. Others: 7. Lake Catholic 240, 8. Chagrin Falls 241, 9. Cloverleaf 264, 10. Tallmadge 264, 11. Gar. Garfield 271, 12. Springfield 293, 13. Rocky River 314, 14. Lakeview 320, 15. Poland Seminary 369, 16. Coventry 371, 17. Field 379, 18. Benedictine 403, 19. South Range 445.

Individual qualifiers: 1. Alex Phillips (SVSM) 16:31.2, 2. Micah Blair (W) 16:40, 3. Ivan Slyepkan (Bay) 16:46.2, 4. Matthew Sollenberger (SVSM) 16:48.5, 5. Tyler Klouda (Gar) 16:49.4, 6. Max Gucker (Clo) 17:02.5, 7. Ryan Champa (W) 17:07.1, 8. James Viront (Tus) 17:07.6, 9. Zayd Elkurd (W) 17:11.3, 10. Jack McDonough (RR) 17:16.1, 11. Hunter Christopher (Sa) 17:17.1, 12. Zac Wilhelm (Tus) 17:18.3, 13. Colin Scahill (SVSM) 17:20.1, 14. Steven Hennis (Chippewa) 17:21.1, 15. Khaled Hamil (Bay) 17:23, 16. Ian Speicher (Triway) 17:23.4, 17. Chase Powers (SVSM) 17:24.3, 18. Eddie Harrell (Orange) 17:24.7, 19. Jeff Joseph (West Branch) 17:24.9, 20. Jude Ault (Bay) 17:25.2, 21. Drennan Akins (CVCA) 17:25.3, 22. Riley Galehouse (W) 17:25.5, 23. Marshall Sadowski (CF) 17:27.8, 24. Harmond Richardson (NDCL) 17:29.3.

Cloverleaf (264): 6. Gucker 17:02.5, 60. Kyle Chudzinski 18:18.1, 67. Alex Derhammer 18:23, 90. Nick Bailey 18:40.2, 110. Luke Malena 19:02.7, 114. Andrew Hibler 19:08.9, 138. Nick Zeigler 19:39.8.

GIRLS

Division I

Team standings: 1. Medina 103, 2. Massillon Jackson 156, 3. Green 183, 4. Brunswick 196, 5. Wadsworth 213, 6. Hudson 225, 7. Louisville 227. Others: 8. St. Joseph Academy 236, 9. Chardon 245, 10. Shaker Heights 251, 11. Highland 270, 12. Kenston 310, 13. Avon Lake 349, 14. GlenOak 358, 15. Mentor 360, 16. Avon 361, 17. Aurora 386, 18. Twinsburg 425, 19. Solon 437, 20. Geneva 447, 21. Rocky River 474, 22. Mayfield 483, 23. Amherst 504, 24. Berea-Midpark 642.

Individual qualifiers: 1. Emily Bardwell (Bru) 18:50.2, 2. Kaylie Kenne (High) 18:55.5, 3. Juliette Keller (Med) 18:58.3, 4. Olivia Howell (Sol) 19:08.6, 5. Clare Nicholas (Wad) 19:21.5, 6. Annie Allen (SJA) 19:28.7, 7. Alyssa Wolf (Bru) 19:41, 8. Morgan Cole (Lou) 19:44.3, 9. Cassidy Kiko (Lou) 19:52.5, 10. Brenna Beucler (Hud) 19:53.6, 11. Sofia Istnick (MJ) 19:56.4, 12. Erica Francesconi (Westlake) 19:57.8, 13. Emmaline Hannan (Hud) 20:00.11, 14. Olivia Roberts (Med) 20:00.18, 15. Allie Hartnett (MJ) 20:00.2, 16. Mackenzie Cassiday (Stow) 20:07.4, 17. Samantha Coleman (RR) 20:07.9, 18. Avery Blaszak (SH) 20:08.7, 19. Kendall Anenson (Gr) 20:10.7, 20. Anna Carpenter (SH) 20:11.2, 21. Olivia Gang (Gr) 20:13.6, 22. Karsen Zabell (Aur) 20:13.7, 23. Andrew Mann (Cha) 20:13.9, 24. Brianna Nieset (Cha) 20:14.2, 25. Kinsey Knoch (GO) 20:14.6, 26. Elyse Pleune (Ken) 20:19.3, 27. Maddie Miller (Med) 20:21, 28. Madelynn Madison (High) 20:24.6.

Medina (103): 3. Keller 18:58.3, 14. Roberts 20:00.1, 27. Miller 20:21, 29. Ava Tenaglia 20:31.8, 37. Savannah Kole 20:41.1, 39. Angela Dobson 20:43.9, 56. Carmela Henning 21:03.4.

Brunswick (196): 1. Bardwell 18:50.2, 7. Wolf 19:41, 31. Nichole Gatten 20:37.7, 86. Abby Bardwell 21:18.4, 101. Kaylee Latarewicz 21:30, 137. Devin Cannon 22:00.6, 165. Emily Watkins 22:37.2.

Wadsworth (213): 5. Nicholas 19:21.5, 32. Laney Corell 20:38.5, 61. Ashley Galek 21:06.8, 66. Rachel Murphy 21:09.4, 68. Sami Beddow 21:10.7, 151. Emma Codding 22:17, 167. Michaela Davis 22:38.8.

Highland (270): 2. Kenne 18:55.5, 28. Madison 20:24.6, 50. Elissa Scheel 20:54.6, 105. Melissa Bearer 21:35.4, 127. Emma Cox 21:53.7, 154. Amanda Orban 22:27.2, 155. Elizabeth Oberhaus 22:28.1.

Division II

Team standings: 1. St. Vincent-St. Mary 84, 2. Beaumont 106, 3. Hawken 154, 4. Ash. Edgewood 196, 5. Woodridge 201, 6. Chagrin Falls 208. Others: 7. Hoban 211, 8. Poland Seminary 213, 9. Tallmadge 215, 10. Cloverleaf 228, 11. Salem 269, 12. Bay 319, 13. Perry 321, 14. Field 325, 15. Lakeview 347, 16. Crestwood 350, 17. Howland 367, 18. Springfield 414, 19. Tuslaw 446, 20. Fairless 450.

Individual qualifiers: 1. Ella Gilson (Hawken, Medina resident) 18:55.4, 2. Theresa Hagey (SVSM) 19:22.8, 3. Addison Ciecierski (Bea) 19:34.2, 4. Mia Mlynek (Bea) 19:38.1, 5. Ravyn Edge (Tal) 19:38.9, 6. Kenna Loveless (Ta) 19:40.9, 7. Juliana Metz (Ha) 19:41.7, 8. Nina Zraik (SVSM) 19:44, 9. Bridget Hahn (Hob) 19:49.2, 10. Bailey Roberts (Ed) 19:50.5, 11. Jackie Grisdale (PS) 19:53.5, 12. Ella Pumneo (Fair) 19:55.1, 13. Kate Amaddio (Laurel) 19:57.9, 14. Amelia Moll (SVSM) 19:59.6, 15. Julia Newman (Ha) 20:21.8, 16. Izzy Best (Wo) 20:23.9, 17. Maya Hamsher (Orrville) 20:25.5, 18. Hannah Schill (Ho) 20:26.1, 19. Ashley Rulison (Bea) 20:28.5, 20. Carly Perusek (Bea) 20:31.4, 21. Allie Wintz (Jefferson Area) 20:31.6, 22. Halle Sebest (PS) 20:32.35, 23. Isabella Payne (CVCA) 20:33.4, 24. Hannah Clark (CF) 20:33.8.

Cloverleaf (228): 31. Makaela Salyer 20:57.8, 36. Maria Porras 21:07.2, 69. Bailey Freeland 21:46.5, 73. Paige Munchick 21:51.1, 82. Clara Neville 22:00.5, 100. Tommie Kurtz 22:15.2, 140. Jenna Oliver 23:23.5.



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