Sunday, January 29, 2023

Behind defending state champion, Hawks eye return to state meet

Hawken claimed Chagrin Valley Conference and district championships last season before finishing third at regionals and 11th at the state cross country meet.

With defending state champion Ella Gilson and a host of other top runners returning, the Hawks have the opportunity to once again finish as one of the top teams in the state.

“We have the potential to have another successful season,” Hawken girls coach Christopher Farroni said. “The team has been working hard throughout the summer, which demonstrates the dedication needed to build upon the success from the 2018 season.”

Gilson, who won conference, district and regional titles in addition to her state championship, holds the school record with a personal best time of 17;33.4.

“Ella is a tremendous athlete,” Farroni said of the junior. “She has unlimited potential and has yet to fully tap into her capabilities.”

Junior Juliana Metz also returns after her runner-up finishes at the league and district meets. She placed 13th at state and holds a PR of 18:45.3.

“Juliana has worked hard this summer to prepare for the upcoming season,” Farroni said. “She continues to demonstrate her tremendous ability. I’m looking for her to make progress in her development as a runner.”

Senior Julia Newman also gained valuable state meet experience and enters the 2019 season with a PR of 19:08.9.

“Julia has been the leader of the team for two years,” Farroni said. “She sets the tone for the team and the team usually responds to her lead. She also has built a solid training base over the summer that will benefit her as the season progresses.”

Junior Lena Sylvan and senior Adele Metres provide the Hawks with quality depth.

Sylvan’s PR is 20:43 while Metres is just a few seconds behind at 20:48.9.

Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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