Saturday, March 25, 2023

West Geauga boys win Cardinal Invitational

West Geauga’s boys’ cross country team continued its dominant run on the course by winning the 25th Annual Cardinal Invitational on Saturday.

The Wolverines scored 23 points to beat second-place Riverside, who finished with 66 points. Orange was third with 100, Beachwood was fourth with 106, and Crestwood rounded out the top five with 179 points.

Daniel Kearns and Matt Dienes finished first and second for the Wolverines with times of 15:29 and 15:48, respectively. Orange’s Brian Gent placed third in 15:57, Grand Valley’s David Steimle was fourth in 16:23, and West Geauga’s Chris Whiting also finished among the top 5 with a time of 16:31.

Other top 20 finishers from the Chagrin Valley Conference included West Geauga’s Grant Congdon (7th, 16:54.39) and John Mikes (8th, 16:54.85), Beachwood’s Vincent Crenshaw (11th, 17:15) and Max Kuenzler (14th, 17:29), Orange’s Chris Utech (12th, 17:15) and Nicolas Bustamante (17th, 17:35), Cardinal’s Samuel Gdovichin (16th, 17:35), and Crestwood’s Augie Schweickert (19th, 17:45).

Kirtland was the top CVC finisher in the girls’ race as the Hornets finished fourth with 146 points. Crestwood earned a top-five finish with 153 points.

West Geauga’s Taylor Deets was the league’s top runner as she placed third in 19:34. Grand Valley’s Anna Steimle finished fourth in 19:46.

Other top 20 finishers included Kirtland’s Ainsley Borthwick (6th, 20:07) and Izzie Copeland (17th, 21:05), Beachwood’s Alexandra Kheyfets (8th, 20:11), Crestwood’s Abby Guyette (10th, 20:20) and Elaine Guyette (16th, 20:55), Wickliffe’s Markalla Tumbry (11th, 20:23), and Cardinal’s Lily Ayer (13th, 20:32).

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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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