Monday, September 25, 2023

Four CVC runners earn All-Ohio honors

Four Chagrin Valley Conference runners finished among the top 30 at the OHSAA Cross Country Championships over the weekend to earn All-Ohio honors.

Hawken sophomore Nick Garcia-Whitko placed ninth in the Division II boys’ race with a time of 16:00 and Hawken freshman Brielle Collins placed 14th in the Division II girls’ race in 18:46. Perry senior Cori Lynch was 23rd in 19:03 and Chagrin Falls sophomore Mila Gresh placed 24th in 19:06.

Hawken’s boys’ team placed 13th as a group while West Geauga finished 19th.

Other top 100 finishers included Chagrin Falls senior Isaac Bourne (35th, 16:34), Grand Valley junior David Steimle (76th, 16:56), Hawken senior David Hamilton (80th, 17:00) and sophomore Parker Carrus (87th, 17:04), and West Geauga junior Daniel Kearns (53rd, 16:41) and sophomore Matt Dienes (74th, 16:53).

Chagrin Falls’ Hunter Longo, Hawken’s Sam Cohen, Jeremy Hofius, Mac McMillan, and Logan Miller, and West Geauga’s John Mikes, Grant Congdon, Lorenzo Linek, Chris Whiting, and Dakota Deets also competed at state.

In the Division II girls’ race, Chagrin Falls placed 12th as a team behind Gresh’s All-Ohio performance.

Seniors Rose Hoelzel (37th, 19:19) and Claire Coffey (95th, 20:24) also placed among the top 100. Molly Longo, Anna Baker, Claire Stinson, and Aubree Daugherty also ran for the Tigers.

West Geauga senior Grace Gyetko and Orange senior Kate Halloran both finished among the top 40. Gyetko placed 32nd in 19:12 while Halloran was 40th in 19:23.

Edgewood freshman Maddie Crooks suffered an injury around the two-mile mark and did not finish.


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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