Saturday, March 25, 2023

CVC runners advance to state meet

Three Chagrin Valley Conference teams and seven individual runners earned a berth in next weekend’s OHSAA state cross country championships.

Hawken and West Geauga both finished among the top six at the Boardman Division II regional and Perry’s girls’ team placed sixth to earn their spot at Fortress Obetz next Saturday.

The Hawks placed third while the Wolverines were fourth.

Nick Garcia-Whitko led the Hawken contingent with a time of 16:49, good for 15th place individually. Daniel Kearns finished as the regional runner-up in 16:06 to pace West Geauga’s squad.

Led by Grace McKoon, Perry’s girls’ placed sixth in Division II.

McKoon placed 11th in 19:58.

Division II runners that qualified as individuals by finishing among the top 16 included Chagrin Falls’ Mila Gresh (4th, 19:32), Edgewood’s Maddie Crooks (13th, 20:00) and Tammy Liplin (15th, 20:05), and Hawken’s Brielle Collins (14th, 20:01).

Geneva’s Mya Evangelista finished one second behind Collins for 17th place but only the top 16 advanced to the state meet.

In Division III, Grand Valley’s David Steimle and Anna Steimle and Wickliffe’s Markalla Tumbry all advanced to the state meet as individuals.

David Steimle placed ninth in the boys’ race with a time of 17:06 while his younger sister finished 15th in 20:28 in the girls’ competition.

Tumbry finished right behind Anna Steimle in 16th place with a time of 20:45.

Kirtland’s Ainsley Borthwick finished just outside the top 16 with a time of 20:51, good for 17th place. Only the top 16 advanced to the state meet.


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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