Monday, December 5, 2022

West Geauga sweeps George Gross Invitational

West Geauga’s boys’ and girls’ cross country teams both claimed titles at the 2018 George Gross Invitational at Valley View Woods Park on Wednesday.

The Wolverines edge Lake Ridge Academy, 61-73, in the boys’ race and dominated in the girls as they beat out second place Beachwood, 21-57.

“I continue to be impressed each week with the performances of Johnny (Patterson) and Kenny (Kirk). They are consistently finishing in the top 10 at each race,” said West Geauga coach John Boylan. “They continue to push each other. Our third runner, Joey Tirabassi, has been sick the last two weeks, so I was really happy with how Lorenzo (Linek) and Aidan (Murley-Schaffer) and Ben (Mihacevich) stepped up and ran as well as they did.”

Patterson finished third overall with a time of 17:58 while Kirk was fourth in 18:14. Linek (19:45), Mihacevich (19:48) and Murley-Schaffer (20:23) also finished among the top 25 with Linek placing 16th, Mihacevich 17th and Murley-Schaffer 25th.

Julia Martinez finished fourth in 21:57 to pace the West Geauga girls. Skye Hackathorn was right behind her in fifth place with a time of 21:58. Maddie Barker (9th, 23:08), Emily Vash (10th, 23:16), Julia Mansfield (16th, 24:50) and Parker Long (22nd, 25:23) all finished among the top 25 for the Wolverines.

Beachwood had three girls finish among the top 25.

Emily Isaacson was eighth with a time of 22:49, Jessica Monahan finished 14th in 24:34 and Athena Grasso was 18th in 25:11.

Joe Spero led the Beachwood boys’ team with a time of 18:59, good for ninth place. Gregory Perryman (19:00) and Matthew Friedman (19:44) finished in 10th and 15th, respectively.

Kirtland’s girls’ team didn’t score as a team but Reilly Greenlee finished third with a time of 21:50.

“She wanted to do well tonight against some of the competition and is motivated to put herself in a good position for (Chagrin Valley Conference meet) and Districts,” said Kirtland coach JP Moran. “She went out hard and ran toward the front from start to finish. She really ran aggressively tonight and attacked the course. It was a really good performance to give her confidence moving forward in October.”

Julie Namciu, Mateja Mrva and Andrea Frankel also finished among the top 25 for the Hornets.

Namciu (22:15) was sixth, Mrva (24:37) was 15th and Frankel (25:52) finished 23rd.

Ian McGreal led the Kirtland boys with a 22nd place finish in 20:07.

Other top 25 finishers in the boys’ race included Cuyahoga Heights’ Darien Tillet, Nassiem Salem and Nate Menkhaus.

Tillet was second overall with a time of 17:55 while Salem was eighth in 18:58 and Menkhaus finished 21st in 20:07.

Cardinal’s Trevor Bachna finished 26th with a time of 20:29.

Cuyahoga Heights also had two girls finish among the top 25 in Emma Morrow (11th, 23:20) and Acacia May (24th, 25:57).

Cardinal’s Anna Blubaugh (17th, 24:59) and Chloe Dubasik (20th, 25:20) represented the Huskies in the top 25.

Team Scores:


  1. West Geauga 21
  2. Beachwood 57
  3. Hearts For Jesus Christ 79
  4. Cuyahoga Heights 114
  5. Rhodes 118
  6. Lawrence 147


  1. West Geauga 61
  2. Lake Ridge 73
  3. Cuyahoga Heights 86
  4. Grand Valley 100
  5. Rhodes 105
  6. Beachwood 108
  7. Kirtland 170
  8. Cardinal 211
  9. Lawrence 235
  10. Grand River 242
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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