The Malone University Cross Country Invitational was peppered with some promising performances from area athletes that left many of them sitting at or near the top of the podium.
The toughest competition for the Smithville Smithies in the Boys’ Div. III 5K race at the 48th annual Malone University Cross Country Invitational proved to be the Smithville Smithies.
Smithville ran away form the competition and hid, on the strength of placing in the top three spots. Senior Joey Coudriet continued his onslaught on the competition, winning with a time of 16:14. He was followed by a pair of Smithies in juniors Justin McKeal and Lucas Clark, who ran in times of 16:39 and 16:48, respectively.
Sophomore Braden Young earned 12th place in 17:578, while Noah Naratil and Max Hanreck were 17th and 18th in the field of 73 runners in respective times of 18:19 and 18:20.
Smithville’s score of 33 was just ahead of runner-up, powerful St. Thomas Aquinas, which tallied 37.
In the girls’ 5K race, Tusky Valley duplicated the Smithies boys almost to a tee, placing first, second and third to win going away.
The Trojans were led by a trio of sophomores, with Madisan DeBos getting the title in 20:13. Teammates Kathryn Geiser and Kaylyn Lloyd were next up with times of 20:40 and 20:57, respectively. Three Trojans ran together in 12th through 14th place, with Emma Potts (23:25), Emma Armstrong (23:27) and Taylor Galigher (23:31) helping Tusky Valley destroy the rest of the field with 31 points. Rootstown was runner-up with 37.
Smithville placed third, led by the effort of freshman Ashleigh Clabaugh’s eighth place finish in 23:07.0, and senior Emily Daniels, who was one place behind in 23:07.5 as they both raced to the wire together.
In the boys’ Div. II race, Indian Valley earned sixth place in the 16-team field, led by Hunter Probert’s 16th-place finish in 17:19. Teammate Trevor Ault was 20th in 17:29, while Garrett Mozena (18:03) was 27th in the field of 136 runners.
The Indian Valley girls grabbed fourth in a field of 14 teams, paced by the effort of junior Brittany Roth, who took home the bronze medal in third in a time of 19:47. Teammate Shannon Regula placed an impressive sixth in 19:54 in the field of 125 runners.
In the boys’ Div. I Varsity 5K, Wooster took second place with 71 points, trailing only champion Massillon Perry’s winning effort of 50 points.
The Generals got a tremendously balanced attack throughout the race. Leading the way was senior veteran Christopher Cannon, who cruised home in fifth place in 16:56. Not far back was teammate Jordan Green (10th/17:05), while Matthew Chidsey (16th/17:20), Breydan Hann (18th/17:26) and Alexander Thompson (22nd/17:35) paved the way for an excellent showing in the 12-team, 109-runner competition.
New Philadelphia ended up in seventh place with 156 points, while Dover was next in line with 196 points.
The Quakers got a fine effort from Aiden Harr, who continued to have a dominant season. Harr won the Div. I race in a stellar time of 16:16, turning it on after the two-mile marker to win the race by 17 seconds over runner-up Giovanni Copploe of Canfield. Nathan Loader also ran well for the Quakers, ending up 17th in 17:25. Dover was paced by Vinny Giumenti, who was ninth in 17:03. Torandoes Noah Cochran (45th/18:12) and Drew Alanjic (47th/18:12) also performed well.
Wooster’s Jeromy Green cruised to first-place in the boys’ JV Open in a winning time of 18:15. That helped Wooster earn the runner-up spot behind champion GlenOak.
In the Div. I 5K girls race, Wooster nearly got a championship effort from junior Maddy Nacci. Nacci rode home in a time of 19:45, which trialed only champion Madelyn Bartolone’s winning time of 19:30. Also running extremely well for the fifth-place Wooster Lady Generals was Tracy Morgan, who placed 13th in 20:37, while teammate Isabelle Cannon was 18th in 20:49 in the field of 74 runners.
GlenOak took home the title with 55 points, while CVCA was runner-up with 71. Wooster tallied 116 points, beating out Wadsworth for fifth in the field of nine.