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Twinsburg girls win Suburban League cross country title

by Steve Batko | Correspondent Published: October 19, 2016 12:00 AM
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It was a special day for the Twinsburg cross country program and the girls and boys teams excelled at Goodyear Metro Park.

Twinsburg featured two individual champions as the Lady Tigers captured the team title in the Suburban League National Conference championships Oct. 15 in Akron.

Sophomore standout Ryan Adkins won the boys individual championship for the Twinsburg boys' squad.

Adkins registered the best time of both the National and American Conferences of the Suburban League.

Pacing the fourth-place Tiger boys, Adkins had a blazing time of 15 minutes, 51.0 seconds.

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Head coach Sarah Kmet's girls had three of the top four finishers, including freshman individual league champion Alyssa Deeds.

Twinsburg's girls outscored Hudson 34-43 for the crown, plus beat Stow Munroe-Falls (53), and Nordonia (131), which had five runners in the top 30.

"The girls captured their first league championship in nine years," stated Kmet.

The Lady Tigers were ranked ninth in Ohio in the latest division I poll. Hudson was 12th in Ohio.

"Our girls beat a very talented Hudson team that beat us by one point at the Super Duals in week two," added Kmet. "It was an outstanding team effort from top to bottom."

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Deeds has been incredible for Twinsburg this fall and she captured the title in her first ever league title meet at the varsity level.

With a time of 19:23, Deeds easily won the National crown as she beat Hudson junior Elizabeth Hinkle, the defending champion from 2015.

Hinkle tied Twinsburg senior Morgan Kelley with a strong time of 19:41, but the Lady Explorer just edged Kelley for runner-up honors.

Kelley improved her 2015 time by a whopping 36 seconds. She went from 16th to third place.

"Alyssa Deeds won the race to claim top honors," said Kmet.

"Morgan Kelley and Makenzie Hartman earned first-team All-league honors and Kayley Irwin, Emily O'Connor, and Rebecca Mold all claimed second-team honors."

Hartman, a sophomore, was right in the mix as she was fourth, crossing with a superb time of 19:43. That was 17 seconds faster for Hartman than last year.

Irwin placed 12th overall with a strong time of 20:26. That clocking was almost 1.5 minutes faster than her time last season when she finished 46th overall.

O'Connor ran 14th overall for the Lady Tigers at Goodyear as the junior registered a time of 20:32. In 2015, O'Connor was 25th overall.

Running next for Twinsburg was Mold, who was on the heels of O'Connor. Mold was 15th, crossing in 20:37 in a solid freshman debut.

Sophomore Angela DeFabio ran 35th overall for the Tigers in 21:36. Freshmen Desha Perera (22:28) and Annabelle Dolney (22:51) ran 53rd and 59th, respectively.

Kmet was also excited about the boys' team finish in a balanced SL field.

"The boys finished fourth and I also believe this was a great team effort from the boys -- from the top down," Kmet said.

Twinsburg's boys have made progress this year and the fourth-place Tigers (100 points) placed ahead of solid clubs from Cuyahoga Falls (121), Stow (152), and Nordonia (171).

With a masterful race, Adkins easily won over the Wadsworth duo of Nick Miller (16:08) and Gabe Szalay (16:11.0).

Besides Adkins, Miller was the highest finishing athlete from last year's meet. Adkins was fifth in 2015 and Miller was sixth as the difference was 9.0 ticks. This year, Adkins beat Miller by a whopping 17 seconds.

"Ryan made it three wins in a row (late this fall) with his domination of the field," remarked Kmet.

"He led the entire race and won in convincing fashion," added the mentor. "Ryan's solo sub-16-minute effort on a course like Goodyear's course, is phenomenal."

Coming through with a sensational race was junior Ethan Bernhard. The veteran ran 11th overall with a clocking of 17:00.

"Ethan ran his best race of the year to finish 11th, just missing first-team All-Suburban League honors," said Kmet.

Senior Aaron McCarthy ran next for the Tigers as the battle-tested runner placed 15th overall with a time of 17:09.

Two more strong races were turned in by junior Alex Dickson and senior Nick Bianco.

Dickson placed 35th overall with a time of 17:54 and Bianco crossed in 18:08. Freshman Mitchell Suder ran 44th in 18:18 while junior Tyler Peeden was 45th in 18:22.

Junior Chad Abrams ran 50th overall (18:35), sophomore Carson Albright was 58th (19:04), and junior Peter Weiss was 60th (19:11).

Twinsburg will compete the Division I district meet at Willoughby South Oct. 22.

Top five teams and 20 individuals out of the Willoughby South District will advance to the Oct. 29 Boardman Division I Regional Championships.

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