Bierut, Connelly cap off successful season at state|
As the 2011 cross country season progressed, Rocky River head coach Laura Brabant liked what she saw of her two top runners, Elyse Bierut and Madi Connelly.
The River duo battled through their first year of Division I competition, as well as less-than-perfect course and weather conditions. Despite those obstacles, it was not uncommon to see Bierut leading the pack, with Connelly close behind.
They both advanced to the OHSAA State Cross Country Championships last Saturday...
Young Blue Streak harriers finish sixth at state|
For three years in a row, the Magnificat cross country team was Ohioís best. The three Division I championship trophies in the schoolís trophy case serve as a constant reminder of that accomplishment.
With many of programís top runners gone via graduation, the chance for a fourth title seemed slim. Only senior Abbie Marquard and junior Katie Kerr remained from last yearís squad...
Rockets get first win of the season at district meet|
After losing most of his team to graduation, Bay head coach Steve Babson knew he was in for a rebuilding year. His young Rockets struggled a bit early, and didnít win a meet the entire regular season.
But after Saturday\'s performance, it looks like Babsonís young harriers are fast learners.
The Rockets, with four runners in the top 15, got win No. 1 on a soggy Lorain County Community College course...
CHAMPIONS! Bierut, Bay girls run to top of WSC|
Throughout its brief history, the path to the West Shore Conference girls cross country championship has run mostly through Rocky River.
Things have changed in 2011.
The Pirates boasted this yearís individual champion in Elyse Bierut, who turned in a dominating performance Saturday morning at the WSC championships. But the team title went to the youthful Bay squad...
XC: Bay girls take second at Cloverleaf Invitational|
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...
River's Bierut wins going away at Fleet Feet Invite|
Mud. Standing Water. A very challenging field of 208 runners.
None of that mattered to Elyse Bierut.
The Rocky River senior dominated the course, beating the next closest runner by just under 16 seconds to win the 2011 Fleet Feet Strongsville Invitational last Saturday.
Harriers go up against the best at Tiffin Carnival|
The Tiffin Cross Country Carnival is one of the largest, most competitive early-season meets a high school runner can compete in.
On Saturday, a large contingent of harriers from the Westshore area competed against some of the best cross country talent in the state. Nobody had a better day on the course than Rocky River senior Elyse Bierut.
Bierut, competing for the Pirates in the Division I-A...
Harriers battle heat, humidity at Early Bird Meet|
The heat and humidity made for a tough day on the course at the Avon Lake Early Bird Meet in Elyria Saturday morning. Still, some strong performances were turned in on the always-challenging Lorain County Community College course.
Brunswick, behind the first-place finish of senior Selena Pasadyn, won the Maroon Division team title with a score of 57. Defending state champion Magnificat was second with 115 points, with Toledo Notre Dame Academy right behind in third with 121.
Bayís top seven, which included...
Changing of the guard puts Avon on top in WSC|
If Saturday was any indication, there was an unmistakable changing of the guard on display at the West Shore Conference Preview Meet at Cahoon Park
Taking three of the top five spots and seven of the top 18, Avon ran away with the team title with 35 points. Bay, with virtually a new team this season, took runner-up honors with 49 points and three runners in the top 10.
In fact, the Eagles claimed the individual champion and runner-up title as well.
Pirate girls hold off Bay in WSC Preview Meet|
The Rocky River girls cross country team is expecting big things in 2011. The same thing could be said for an up-and-coming Bay squad.
Both teams dominated the field Saturday at Cahoon Park, with the Pirates holding off the young Rockets, 33-32, in the West Shore Conference Preview Meet.
River, without the services of an injured Maddy McDonough, still had enough to hold off its main league rival...