Friday, September 24, 2021

West Geauga girls ready to run

West Geauga’s girls’ cross country team might be short on upperclassmen but the Wolverines have plenty of talent.

The squad returns just three starters but 17th-year head coach Mike Taurasi is confident his youngsters will step up to the challenge of competition this fall.

“The West Geauga girls’ cross country program is very young but excited to establish themselves as a top team in the (Chagrin Valley Conference),” Taurasi said. “The girls need to do their best to support one another with their training, staying healthy, and being successful with their academics. I am very excited to see this young team grow and improve throughout the season.”

Sophomores Maddie Barker and Yvette Petersen are among the returning runners Taurasi has projected to lead the Wolverines this fall.

Barker has a personal best time of 22:06 while Petersen’s is 22:42.

The Wolverines also welcome freshmen Julia Martinez and Skye Hackathorn. Both young runners placed among the Top 20 at the Middle School State Meet last fall.

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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