Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Huskies turn in strong performance at home invitational

With just three boys and four girls, the Cardinal cross country teams don’t have enough runners to score as a team but the Huskies continue to show improvement.

On Saturday, the Huskies hosted the Cardinal Invitational and turned in a strong performance on the dry, fast course.

“I’m extremely proud of each of my runners’ performance at Saturday's home invitational,” said Cardinal coach Megan Cameron. “It's hard to race when you're not scoring as a team. Each of them put their best effort forward.”

Junior Joey Bradesca led the boys with a 65th place finish in 20:10.93. Freshmen Clayton Sauberan and Austin Barcikoski finished in 23:43.02 and 24:49.70, respectively.

“The race this Saturday went really well, the weather was perfect, and our course is relatively flat and quick, so I went in there with the mindset and mentality of, 'Go, go, go,’” Bradesca said. “I didn't expect for my time to improve that greatly in just one race and it gave me a huge confidence boost about my progression as the season goes on. Also, I was very impressed with my team and their performances and improvements from the previous race to the race Saturday. We just have to keep working harder in and out of practice to keep the progress moving forward.”

Senior Alissa Nevison finished 38th with a time of 23:41.30 to pace the Cardinal girls.

“The Cardinal course is quick and we had great weather, minus the bees,” Nevison said. “I felt a lot stronger on Saturday than earlier in the week and that did show in my time. My time is beginning to look like last year’s again and that is exciting. However, I hope to cut off another minute or so by the end of the season.”

Freshmen Jenna Ayer and Autumn Zak finished 60th and 61st, respectively. Ayer ran the race in 25:15.91 while Zak came in at 25:25.21. Senior Shelby Miller clocked a time of 31:48.78.


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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