Saturday, November 27, 2021

Cardinal runners show improvement

Cardinal’s cross country teams continue to show improvement as the Huskies battle back from injuries and depth issues.

Ashley Lucarelli led the Cardinal girls with a fourth place finish

The Huskies finished just two seconds behind Grand Valley in the boys’ race of Tuesday’s tri-meet at Cardinal and the girls were just one second behind Newbury for second place despite missing one of the team’s top runners and another working herself into shape after off-season surgery.

“The boys meet was extremely close with Grand Valley and us trading spots from the No. 3 guy on the back, but their No. 2 runner was the difference as our guys tried to pack it together for the win,” said Cardinal coach Greg Cicero. “It was an improvement in pack time from Saturday and that is where our strength will lie as the season progresses.”

Grand Valley’s boys edged Cardinal, 1:48.04 to 1:50.31 and finished with two of the top three runners.

Junior Brandon Neikirk led the Huskies with a fourth place finish in a time of 19:33.00. Seniors Chris Noreika and Alec Wolff were fifth and sixth, respectively. Noreika ran the race in 21:58.00 and Wolff finished in 22:08.00.

Senior Logan Daw (23:19.00) and juniors Aidan White (23:33.00) and Craig Shanower (24:24.00) also ran for the Huskies.

Senior Ashley Lucarelli led the Cardinal girls with a fourth place finish in a time of 24:43.00. Sophomore Shelby Miller was 10th with a time of 27:58.00 and sophomore Alissa Nevison was 12th in 28:19.00.

Junior Emily Kruse was 13th in a time of 28:49.00 and senior Avila Gyorki ran the race in 35:07.00.

The Huskies were without Anna Futty, one of the team’s top runners.

“Without Anna Futty we are going to struggle until Emily Kruse gets in shape, she has only been running a week following offseason shoulder surgery,” Cicero said. “We are depleted numbers-wise on the girls’ side and it is going to show as the season goes on.”

Boys’ Results

  1. Tim Steimle (GV) 18:38.00
  2. Zack Temple (NEW) 19:03.00
  3. Seth Dillon (GV) 19:16.00
  4. Brandon Neikirk (CAR) 19:33.00
  5. Chris Noreika (CAR) 21:58.00
  6. Alec Wolff (CAR) 22:08.00
  7. Josh Voitushenko (NEW) 22:48.00
  8. Aaron George (GV) 22:51.00
  9. Logan Daw (CAR) 23:19.00
  10. Fred Parker (GV) 23:28.00
  11. Aidan White (CAR) 23:33.00
  12. Jack O'Neal (GV) 23:51.00
  13. Craig Shanower (CAR) 24:24.00
  14. Nicholas Ranski (GV) 24:40.00

Girls Results

  1. Grace Steimle (GV) 19:38.00
  2. Jessica Finley (GV) 20:42.00
  3. Hannah Gage (GV) 24:03.00
  4. Ashley Lucarelli (CAR) 24:43.00
  5. Annie Kinkopf (NEW) 24:57.00
  6. Allyson Kekedy (NEW) 26:14.00
  7. Erica Carlson (GV) 26:27.00
  8. Leah Lynch (GV) 27:32.00
  9. Isabella Strazinski (GV) 27:42.00
  10. Shelby Miller (CAR) 27:58.00
  11. Maggie Kinkopf (NEW) 28:04.00
  12. Alissa Nevison (CAR) 28:19.00
  13. Emily Kruse (CAR) 28:49.00
  14. Grace Wright (NEW) 29:19.00
  15. Brooke Poyer (GV) 30:56.00
  16. Avila Gyorki (CAR) 35:07.00
  17. Jessica Perez (NEW) 35:11.00

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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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