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Ryan Adkins was sensational at the CVNP Invitational, while the girls team continues to compete well against strong competition for Twinsburg cross country.
Twinsburg went up against some power schools at the 31st annual Cuyahoga Valley National Park Invitational at Kendall Hills, hosted by Peninsula Woodridge Oct. 1.
The Tiger boys placed sixth out of 26 teams with 173 points, but Adkins made it an impressive showing for Twinsburg. The Lady Tigers were runners-up with 53 points. Woodridge won the girls team title with 38 points and the boys team title with 55 points.
Adkins continues to get better as he captured the individual championship out of 214 runners in the boys race.
With a sensational clocking of 17 minutes, 13.0 seconds, Adkins easily won on the challenging course. He beat runner up Noah Perrin of Woodridge by almost 30 seconds.
Perrin stars for Woodridge, which is the top-ranked club in Ohio in Division II. Kenston is a team that was ranked 18th in Ohio in Division I.
Head coach Sarah Kmet was thrilled with Adkins' effort.
"Ryan put on an impressive performance and was the class of the field by almost 30 seconds," she said. "A solo performance like that, especially on one of the toughest courses in Ohio, is really indicative of Ryan's fitness right now."
Besides Perrin (17:41.8), Adkins finished ahead of Brecksville's Anthony Camerieri (17:43.6), Kenston's Sam Markel (17:46.6), and Jake Rethman (17:54.8), of Fort Loramie in Shelby County.
The "other half" of Twinsburg's strong youth movement is freshman sensation Alyssa Deeds.
Deeds, much like Adkins, keeps improving and improving among a strong group of youngsters.
One of the area's top freshmen, Deeds was the runner up for the champion girls at the CVNP event.
Only gifted Grand Valley runner Grace Steimle (20:47.2) beat Deeds, who crossed in 20:49.9 on the tough course.
The Woodridge girls won the 20-team field with 38 points as Twinsburg (53) was the lone team in the mix with the Bulldogs. Twinsburg beat teams like Brecksville, Fort Loramie, Tallmadge. Akron Hoban, and Aurora.
Twinsburg was ranked ninth in the latest Division I state poll, while Woodridge was ranked second in Division II.
"We needed great races across the board in order to take down Woodridge and it just didn't happen today," said Kmet. "The ladies ran good, not great."
Deeds crossed in front of some talented runners like Miranda Stanhope (Badger), Clare Willett (Woodridge), and Kenna Loveless (Tallmadge).
Kmet realizes that Deeds is one of the fastest rookies in all of Ohio.
"Alyssa Deeds led most of the race but was beaten in the final stretch," said the coach. "I was glad to see Alyssa take charge of the race, she is not afraid to race up front."
Makenzie Hartman also ran well as the sophomore was 7th overall with a time of 21:47.3.
Senior Morgan Kelley and junior Emily O'Connor ran next for the Tigers as they were 14th and 15, respectively.
Kelley was clocked at 22:23 while O'Connor posted 22:30.2, just ahead of freshman Rebecca Mold, who had 22:42.5 (18th).
Sophomore Angela DeFabio also ran and was 32nd (23:50.5) while freshman Desha Perera was 45th (24:33.1), freshman Annabelle Dolney was 65th (25:38.5), and sophomore Alexis Reed ran 101st (27:08.2).
Twinsburg will compete at the Stow Bulldog Invitational Oct. 8 before running at the Suburban League Championships at Goodyear Metro Park Oct. 15 to wrap up the regular season.
For the boys, Adkins was supported at the CVNP meet by junior Ethan Bernhard, junior Alex Dickson, and senior Aaron McCarthy.
Running 32nd overall, Bernhard was clocked at 19:11.2 to place second for the Tigers.
Dickson contributed with a clocking of 19:15.7 as he finished 35th overall at the CVNP.
McCarthy ran 39th overall with a time of 19:20.7 while promising freshman Mitchell Suder placed 72nd overall with a clocking of 20:07.2.
Tyler Peeden placed 84th overall with a time of 20:26.7, Nick Bianco was 89th (20:31.2), Carson Albright 103rd (20:54.9), Chad Abrams 110th (20:58.1), and Peter Weiss was 118th (21:07.8).
"We also got great races out of Dickson, Bianco, and Suder, who all continue to improve," said Kmet. "Tyler Peeden, more recently a soccer player, made his varsity debut and made an immediate impact as our 6th runner."
"The addition of Tyler should give our team the something extra we need as we approach the post-season."