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Twinsburg cross country had a successful meet and made great strides at the Strongsville Fleet Feet Invitational.
It was a loaded meet as the Tiger girls team took third overall in the Sept. 24 meet, plus the boys improved in a strong field to place eighth out of 20 schools.
"The girls finished third in a loaded field at Strongsville," said head coach Sarah Kmet, whose girls are ranked ninth in Ohio in Division I.
"In a tight team score, weplaced behind Ohio's fourth ranked team in Olentangy Liberty (121 points) and Ohio's second-ranked team, Medina (128)," she added.
Twinsburg had 131 points and edged league rival Hudson (149) and Chagrin Falls (164).
"I thought our girls held their own against some of the best teams in the state," Kmet said. "I am extremely pleased with their efforts. Our pack has tightened up, something I'm very glad to see."
"The times were very quick and almost every girl ran a personal best. Perfect conditions and a dry flat course made it ideal for racing."
Freshman standout Alyssa Deeds ran eighth overall with a superb time of 18 minutes, 48.94 seconds.
Senior Morgan Kelley also excelled for the Lady Tigers as she ran 22nd in 19:21.36 while sophomore Makenzie Hartman crossed 24th in 19:35.29.
Junior Emily O'Connor ran 28th overall with a time of 19:45.01 and was supported by senior Kayley Irwin, who ran a strong time of 20:10.31, placing 49th overall.
Freshmen Rebecca Mold (20:38.79) and Desha Perera (20:42.71) ran 67th and 73rd, respectively.
Senior Nicole Bekesz also ran and placed 149th (22:14.63) along with freshman Annabelle Dolney, 168th (22:52.65).
Sophomore Ryan Adkins is emerging as a real standout for Kmet's boys squad.
Adkins placed fourth overall at Strongsville with an impressive personal record clocking of 15:38.66.
"The boys also ran outstanding and several boys had breakthrough races," noted Kmet. "Ryan Adkins ran a huge PR of 15:38, finally eclipsing the 16-minute barrier."
"Like the girls, most boys ran season or personal bests."
Junior Ethan Bernhard ran second for Twinsburg and finished 26th overall in 16:44.93.
Senior Aaron McCarthy crossed 33rd overall with a strong time of 16:52.75. Junior Alex Dickson ran 74th in 17:33.59.
"Alex (Dickson) ran huge and shattered the 18-minute barrier for the first time," pointed out Kmet.
"Ethan Bernhard broke out of his slump and raced very well, as did Aaron (McCarthy)," added the coach. "Mitchell Suder continues to make major time drops and was our fifth man.
"I am very happy with the boys today - I feel that we have righted the ship and are headed in the right direction as we approach the postseason."
Twinsburg runs at the Woodridge Invitational in Peninsula Oct. 1.
Suder, a freshman, was timed at 18:11.60, good for 110th-place just in front of seniors Andrew Yates (112th at 18:13.40) and Nick Bianco (114th at 18:15.26), plus junior Chad Abrams (116th at 18:15.56). Sophomore Carson Albright was 121st (18:22.36).