West Geauga and Crestwood ran to Chagrin Valley Conference cross country titles on Saturday at Cardinal High School.
The Wolverines won the Chagrin Division title with 37 points, narrowly edging second-place Hawken, who finished with 38. The Red Devils ran away from the field in winning the Valley Division. Crestwood finished with a score of 49 while second-place Independence finished with 88.
West Geauga senior Daniel Kearns was the first-place finisher in the Chagrin Division. Kearns finished in 15:44. The Wolverines had four other runners finish among the top 20 including Matt Dienes (4th, 16:29), Chris Whiting (8th, 16:43), John Mikes (10th, 17:09), and Grant Congdon (14th, 17:17).
Hawken’s Nick Garcia-Whitko finished as the runner-up in the Chagrin Division with a time of 16:11. Hawken’s other top 20 runners included Sam Cohen (5th, 16:33), Tommy Mooney (7th, 16:40), Parker Carrus (9th, 16:46), Logan Miller (15th, 17:26), and Chase Levey (20th, 17:44).
Orange landed five runners in the top 20.
Brian Gent led the Lions with a time of 16:20, good for third place. Brandon Gent finished 12th in 17:09, Chris Utech was 13th in 17:14, Nicolas Bustamante was 17th in 17:36, and Ishan Bhatt placed 18th in 17:41.
Other top 20 finishers included Edgewood’s Granison Hill (6th, 16:34), Chagrin Falls’ Jimmy Mooney (11th, 17:09), Geneva’s Donald Shymske (16th, 17:35), and Beachwood’s Max Kuenzler (19th, 17:43).
Grand Valley’s David Steimle cruised to the win in the Valley Division with a time of 16:42 but Crestwood had the depth as four Red Devils finished in the top 20.
Augie Schweickert led the way with a time of 17:49, good for third place. Henry Hoover (4th, 18:01), Kevin Vochery (8th, 18:04), Hans Sebold (14th, 18:36), and Grayson Sanwald (17th, 19:04) helped the Red Devils secure their league title.
Other top 20 runners included Cuyahoga Heights’ Bradyn Rusch (2nd, 17:23) and Caden Buccier (10th, 18:16), Independence’s Kyle McGovern (4th, 17:52), James Kitagawa (12th, 18:34), and Brian Angyal (15th, 18:56), Wickliffe’s Brady Pugh (5th, 17:58) and Dominic Borsich (9th, 18:12), Cardinal’s Samuel Gdovichin (6th, 18:01), Kirtland’s Ben Sherman (11th, 18:30) and Ian Borthwick (13th, 18:35), Grand Valley’s Ethan Hughes (16th, 19:00), Lutheran West’s Thomas Bill (18th, 19:06) and Tyler Vance (20th, 19:08), and Berkshire’s Quinlan Sirl (19th, 19:07).