Saturday, September 30, 2023

CVC runners are regionals bound

Chagrin Falls’ girls’ cross country team on Saturday claimed a fourth straight district championship. The Tigers will be joined at next weekend’s regional meet by 10 other teams and 16 individuals from the Chagrin Valley Conference.

CVC teams dominated the Division II Madison district as all five qualifying teams hailed from the league.

The Tigers finished first with 44 points, Edgewood was second with 75, Geneva placed third with 97, Perry placed fourth with 108 and West Geauga rounded out the top five with 116 points.

Chagrin Falls’ Rose Hoelzel won an individual district title with a time of 19:22. Geneva’s Elizabeth Joy came in next at 19:31.32 and Chagrin’s Hannah Clark was third in 19:31.73. West Geauga’s Grace Gyetko (19:32) and Edgewood’s Lydia Randolph (19:41) placed fourth and fifth, respectively.

Individual runners advancing to regionals included Orange’s Kate Halloran (10th, 20:20) and Beachwood’s Emily Isaacson (18th, 21:03).

The CVC advanced three teams from the Madison district to regionals including West Geauga, Chagrin Falls and Edgewood.

West Geauga was second with 79 points, Chagrin was third with 106 and Edgewood finished fifth with 116.

Patrick Garrett (2nd, 16:48), Kenneth Kirk (8th, 17:11) and John Patterson (9th, 17:11) all finished among the top 10 for the Wolverines while Chagrin Falls’ Tyler Feeney placed fourth in 16:54.

Beachwood’s Caleb Berns also advanced to regionals as an individual. He placed 19th in 17:35.

In Division I, Geneva’s boys’ team extended its season with a fifth-place finish at Madison. Jacob Mirabell led the Eagles with an 11th place finish in 16:34 and Alex Reese also finished among the top 20 with a time of 16:55.

Lakeside’s Jayvon Riddle broke the school record in earning his spot at regionals. He placed seventh in 16:24 and Harvey’s JT Basco also advanced with his 10th place finish in 16:30.

Lakeside’s Athena Pantoja placed 20th in the girls’ race in 20:25 and will run at regionals.

Lutheran West’s Kristin Groppe was the only CVC runner to advance out of the Division II Lorain District. She placed 10th in 20:13.

Led by district champion Ella Gilson, Hawken’s girls’ team finished second overall at the Division II Trumbull District and will run at regionals.

Gilson (1st, 18:01), Juliana Metz (5th, 19:53) and Julia Newman (14th, 20:35) all finished among the top 20 for the Hawks.

Hawken’s David Hamilton and Grand Valley’s David and John Steimle all advanced to regionals with a top 20 finish. Hamilton placed 10th in 17:18 while David Steimle was 14th in 17:31. John Steimle finished 16th in 17:32.

Three individuals from the CVC advanced to regionals out of the Division III Medina District.

Cuyahoga Heights’ Darien Tillett placed 11th in the boys’ race with a time of 17:40 and Independence’s Emily Skoczen and Makenna McGhee finished 11th and 12th, respectively, in the girls’ race. Skoczen ran a time of 20:46 while McGhee came in at 20:55.

Berkshire’s girls’ team advanced out of the Division III Trumbull District. The Badgers, led by Madison Romask’s sixth-place finish, placed third overall. Romask ran the race in 20:27.

Maria Przybyla (15th, 21:17) and Gabby Adams (17th, 21:22) finished among the top 20 for the Badgers and Kirtland’s Reilly Greenlee and Julie Namciu also punched their tickets to regionals with top 20 finishes. Greenlee placed 11th in 20:58 and Namciu was 19t with a time of 21:29.

Berkshire’s Robert O’Conke was the only boy from the CVC to advance. He placed 20th in 18:02.

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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