Sunday, October 2, 2022

Hawken’s Ella Gilson defends state title

Hawken junior Ella Gilson took the lead for good in the last 300 meters to defend her Division II OHSAA state cross country championship at National Trail Raceway in Hebron on Saturday.

Gilson finished the race in 17:45, beating second-place Grace Hartman of Oakwood by 13 seconds. She won the 2018 state title with a time of 18:37.

Hawken’s Juliana Metz placed 10th with a time of 18:44 and Lutheran West’s Kristin Groppe was 33rd in 19:23.

Rose Hoelzel finished 37th with a time of 19:27 to lead Chagrin Falls to a 13th place finish as a team. Hannah Clark also finished among the top 50 for the Tigers with a time of 19:34, good for 45th overall.

Geneva’s Elizabeth Joy (42nd, 19:33), West Geauga’s Grace Gyetko (54th, 19:43) and Chagrin Falls’ Azzurra Opperman (58th, 19:47) all placed among the top 100.

Independence’s Emily Skoczen placed 60th with a time of 20:16 in the girls’ Division III race. West Geauga’s Patrick Garrett completed the boys’ Division II race in 17:14 to place 99th and Geneva’s Jacob Mirabell was 85th in Division I with a time of 16:37.

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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