XC: Bay girls take second at Cloverleaf Invitational
By Jim Horvath
The Bay girls cross country team continued its strong season last Saturday with a runner-up finish at the Todd Clark Cloverleaf Invitational.
The Rockets scored 81 points, just behind the 75 of winner North Royalton and just ahead of the third place team, Walsh Jesuit (82). Sophomore Maddie Britton led the way, finishing sixth with a time of 21:09.97.
The winning time was 20:04.99, turned in by Miranda DiBiasio of Berea.
Hanna Sterle was the second Bay runner to cross the finish line, coming in 10th with her time of 21:32.62. Hallie Bechtel was 15th with her 21:48.26, while Maddie Voiers was 22nd with a 22:15.52 in the field of 85 runners.
Rounding out the Bay lineup was Andrea Hanna (23:05.93), who finished 30th overall; Carleigh Walter, who took 35th with her 23:17.56; and Jenna Miller with a 25:46.93.
Avon Lake boys second at Strongsville
The Shoremen scored 156 points to finish behind the 148 of Cincinnati St. Xavier at the 2011 Fleet Feet Strongsville Invitational.
Lakewood senior Nick Jackosky won the race with a time of 16:23.0. Avon Lake had two runners in the top 10, with Trevor Norris taking sixth in 16:46.6 and Francesco Maiorca claiming eighth in 16:50.1.
North Olmsted also competed in the meet, finishing just ahead of Lakewood in the team standings.
Senior Ronnie Fox led the Eagles by finishing 39th with a time of 17:36.4. Junior teammate Zak Kozik was right behind him in 44th with his 17:39.3, while senior Dan Hollo cracked the top 100 with his 18:00.9, good for 69th in the field of 209 runners.
Rockets fifth at Cloverleaf
The Bay boys team placed three runners in the top 20 of the Gold Division to finish fifth overall at the Todd Clark Cloverleaf Invitational. Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin won it with 71 points.
Aric Diamond was the top finisher for Bay, coming in 16th with his time of 18:35.79. James Fell was 19th with his 18:41.13, while Griffin Thompson took 20th with an 18:42.17 clocking.
Matt Pelletier of Berkshire won the race with a time of 16:58.65.
In the Green Division, Avon finished sixth behind the runner-up finish of Austin Fasciana, who turned in a time of 17:21.68. Blake Pecoraro took 11th for the Eagles, coming through the chute with an 18:04.01.
Blue Streaks fare well at All Catholic meet
Magnificat scored 149 points to finish fifth overall at the All Catholic Championships at Indian Riffle Park in Kettering.
Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary won the meet with a score of 55, followed by Cincinnati St. Ursula with 82, Kettering Alter with 104 and Sacred Heart with 109. The Blue Streak B Team finished 11th in the 21-team field.
Abbie Marquard was the top finisher on the day for Magnificat, coming in fifth with her time of 19:14. Elise Horning had a PR on the day, taking 17th with her 19:54. Macey Walker was the third Blue Streak to enter the chute, taking 38th with her time of 20:35.
Three of the final four Blue Streak runners turned in personal records. Katie Whitmore (PR) was 44th with a 20:43, Meghan Riley (PR) 47th with a 20:48, Katie Kerr 58th with a 21:04, and Gretchen Horning (PR) with a 21:05, good for 59th.
For the B Team, Victoria Meyer came in 45th with a new PR of 20:45. Including the open race, 22 of 33 Blue Streaks recorded personal records at the meet.