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Twinsburg cross country runs well against loaded field at Stow

by Michael Leonard Sports Editor Published: October 12, 2016 12:00 AM
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If the results from the Stow Bulldog Invitational are any indication, Twinsburg cross country is ready for the postseason.

That's especially true of the Tigers' front runners.

Twinsburg sophomore Ryan Adkins won the boys individual title at Stow, while freshman Alyssa Deeds took second and senior Morgan Kelley took third in the girls race.

The race took place at Silver Springs Park in Stow Oct. 8.

In the girls team race, Twinsburg just missed winning the team title, taking second with 65 points. Division II state power Woodridge won the girls team title with 56 points. However, Twinsburg was able to edge rival Hudson, as the Explorers finished third with 67 points.

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Meanwhile, the Tiger boys finished sixth in the 14-team field with 185 points. Hudson won the team title with 59 points, while St. Ignatius was second with 69 points and Woodridge was third with 70.

Twinsburg coach Sarah Kmet was very happy with girls' effort.

"The girls ran awesome," Kmet said. "Morgan Kelley ran as good a race as she's ever run. You have to be happy with finishing 2-3."

Deeds was in the lead pack for the entire race, but she couldn't run down Chardon's Mikaylie Park, who won the girls race in 18:23.9.

Deeds came home with a very fast time of 18:34.39, which established a new personal record.

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"It feels good to be front," Deeds said.

"Alyssa has all the potential in the world," Kmet said.

Kelley was only a few seconds behind her teammate, finishing third in 18:37.85.

Twinsburg got a third top-10 finish at Stow from sophomore Makenzie Hartman, who came home in ninth place with a time of 18:54.58.

The difference between Twinsburg and Woodridge at Stow was the fact Woodridge was able to get its top five finishers all to finish in the top 15.

There was a bit of a gap in Twinsburg's pack, although junior Emily O'Connor (24th, 19:40.36) and freshman Rebecca Mold (27th, 19:45.23) each ran very solid races.

Senior Kayley Irwin (32nd, 19:50.88) also broke the 20-minute barrier at Stow, while sophomore Angela Defabio (50th, 20:40.08), senior Nicole Bekesz (66th, 21:06.09), freshman Desha Perera (71st, 21:26.09) and freshman Annabelle Dolney (88th, 22:09.05) also ran the varsity race.

In the boys race, Adkins was in control throughout. The redheaded sophomore had the lead at the one-mile mark and seemed to be cruising.

Adkins got pushed by St. Ignatius' C.J. Ambrosio in the second half of the race, but Adkins finished with a sizeable lead. His time of 15:44.98 was the best performance ever by a Twinsburg boy at Stow, but Adkins seemed like he wanted even more.

"I won the race, so I have to be happy with that," Adkins said. "C.J. has great foot speed. It was good for me to beat him."

Kmet said she felt Adkins wanted to break the school record of 15:19.64, which was set by Stuart Edmonds in 2008.

"With the win, you can't be unhappy," Kmet said. "C.J. beat Ryan by a lot earlier in the season, so that was good to see. It looks like we ran about par for the course with the rest of the guys."

Junior Ethan Bernhard and senior Aaron McCarthy came in together, with Bernhard taking 25th place in 17:04.13 and McCarthy finishing 26th in 17:04.95.

Junior Alex Dickson came home in 60th place in 17:45.71, while junior Tyler Peeden rounded out the scoring runs, taking 89th place in 18:16.51.

Kmet noted senior Nick Bianco ran a great race, taking 90th place in 18:17.72.

Freshman Mitchell Suder (98th, 18:23.72), junior Chad Abrams (99th, 18:28.72), sopohmore Carson Albright (104th, 18:36.94) and junior Peter Weiss (123rd, 19:21.55) also ran the varsity race at Stow.

Kmet was happy with the boys team result in one area, as the Tigers finished just ahead of Cuyahoga Falls, who took seventh with 195 points.

"We're right where we should be," Kmet said.

Twinsburg will next see action at the Suburban League Championships Oct. 14 at Goodyear Metro Park in Akron. The National Conference boys race is set for 11 a.m. with the National Conference girls race starting at noon.

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