West Geauga’s girls’ cross country team crushed the competition in winning the 2018 McDonough Invitational hosted by Villa Angela-St. Joseph at Forest Hills Park in Cleveland Heights on Saturday.
The Wolverines had five runners finish among the top 10 and finished with 33 points to win the girls’ Blue Division. Holy Name was second with 97 points.
“I was very pleased with the girls’ win at McDonough,” said West Geauga coach Mike Taurasi. “They did very well running as a group and keeping their first through fifth runners close together.”
Freshman Julia Martinez paced the Wolverines as she finished in 22:12, good for third place overall. Freshman Skye Hackathorn was fifth (22:28), sophomores Maddie Barker (23:08) and Yvette Petersen (23:26) finished seventh and eighth, respectively, and sophomore Emily Vash (24:05) came in 10th.
Freshman Julia Mansfield (25:35) also finished among the top 30 in 23rd place.
“Julia Martinez ran very tough and did a great job leading her team to their first win of the season,” Taurasi said. “Freshman Skye Hackathorn had a nice race finishing second for the team, fifth overall, and ran a season PR. A performance like this one will definitely provide motivation for a young team to keep working hard to improve.”
Beachwood finished fifth as a team while Wickliffe was seventh.
Sophomores Emily Isaacson (13th, 24:48), Chelsea Zheng (22nd, 25:32) and Jessica Monahan (27th, 26:01) all finished among the top 30 for the Bison.
Wickliffe juniors Makenna Sladky (6th, 22:56), Lauren Grmek (21st, 25:17) and Makayla Krotine (29th, 26:29) all finished among the top 30 for the Blue Devils.
West Geauga’s boys’ team finished third overall while Beachwood was eighth and Wickliffe finished 10th.
Sophomore John Patterson (5th, 17:54), sophomore Kenneth Kirk (6th, 18:23), junior Anthony Tirabassi (15th, 19:16) and freshman Lorenzo Linek (30th, 19:57) all finished among the top 30 runners for West Geauga.
Beachwood had three finish among the top 30.
Junior Joe Spero was 23rd (19:44), freshman Gregory Perryman was 24th (19:45) and senior Matthew Friedman finished 27th (19:55) for the Bison.