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Sometimes just getting the feet wet in the regular season debut in cross country can bring mixed results.
Twinsburg boys and girls teams had varied results in the Aug. 27 GlenOak Golden Eagle Invitational, which opened the season for the Tigers last year, both teams made it to regional action.
Head coach Sarah Kmet liked how the girls team came away with team honors.
"The girls won the
GlenOak Golden Eagle Invitational in a field of 22 teams," she said. "We beat very solid programs like Jackson, Brunswick, Chardon and Nordonia. This is a very solid start for us."
"I believe we ran well, but not as well as I think we are capable of at this point in the season," she added. "So to still win is a very good sign."
The Tigers shared the team title with GlenOak as both teams had 83 points to finish ahead of powers from Jackson (84), Medina Highland (96), Brunswick (117), and Nordonia (157).
It was quite a varsity debut for freshman standout Alyssa Deeds.
Deeds ran sixth overall at GlenOak, registering a time of 19 minutes, 42.8 seconds.
"Alyssa was our top finisher and breaking 20 minutes in her 5K debut," said Kmet. "Makenzie Hartman and Emily O'Connor also ran well, placing in the top 20."
Hartman ran 12th as the sophomore was timed at 20:26.2. O'Connor, a junior, was 17th in 20:41.2.
Returning senior Morgan Kelley ran 20th with a clocking of 21 minutes.
Another Tiger freshman made their debut -- Rebecca Mold raced to a 28th-place finish and had a time of 21:15.9.
"I was especially pleased with Rebecca Mold's race; she ran very well in her high school debut," Kmet said. "Overall, it was good to get back to racing and I am happy with where the girls are at right now."
Senior Kayley Irwin contributed as she was 34th in 21:36.2, followed by sophomore Angela DeFabio, who ran 45th in 22:03.1.
Freshman Desha Perera also ran and posted a time of 22:45.5, which was 59th overall.
"Next week at the Super Duals, I expect us to be tested by Hudson and potentially Stow-Munroe Falls," said Kmet, of the Suburban League Super Duals Sept. 3 at Wadsworth at 9 a.m.
The boys finished 11th at GlenOak in a powerful field of teams that included Louisville, Massillon Jackson, Brecksville, Cleveland St. Ignatius, Warren Howland and Brunswick.
"This is somewhat disappointing as I believe they are better than that and just did not run up to potential today," she said. Pacing Twinsburg was sophomore Ryan Adkins, who placed fifth with a time of 16:15.1.
Senior Aaron McCarthy came in second for the Tigers -- running 26th overall with a clocking of 17:34.9.
"Despite his fifth place finish, Ryan (Adkins) made some tactical errors early in the race and is actually in better shape than his performance indicates," said Kmet.
"I look for him to make corrections as the season moves along and become even more formidable up front."
"Aaron McCarthy had a solid opening race for us, but behind Aaron we really struggled. We have a lot of adjustments to make but we have many weeks to sort it out."
Juniors Ethan Bernhard and Alex Dickson ran next. Bernhard ran 48th with a time of 18:09.7 and Dickson was 55th in 18:18.5.
Senior Andrew Yates finished 82nd overall in 19:06.0, followed by seniors Blake Benedict 87th (19:25.3), and Nick Bianco 88th (19:27.4).
Also running for the Tigers in 99th place was senior Jared Deeds, who crossed in 19:29.2. Junior Chad Abrams was 109th (20:13.7).
"I am not worried," said Kmet. "Next week at Super Duals I'd like to see us beat Nordonia and Brecksville, as they beat us this week."