Allergy season shows no mercy to athletes. Just ask Firelands junior Cory LaMar.
LaMar, a 2006 Division II regional qualifier, has struggled with breathing problems this season. A good, hard overnight freeze would significantly relieve some of his problems by wiping out many of the airborne allergens.
His handicap has limited him to a 69th-place finish at Cloverleaf (19:18), 97th at Galion (18:17) and 53rd at the Avon Lake Earlybird meet (19:36).
“I opened with a 5:30 mile at Cloverleaf (Sept. 22), but after that I had to drop back because I could feel it hitting me,” LaMar said. “It was like I hit a wall.”
Perhaps better known for his 400-meter speed in track, LaMar had two great back-to-back performances last cross country season. He was fourth at the West Shore meet in 17:54, then ran 18:59 to grab the 16th and final qualifying spot at last year’s water-logged Elyria district. Both races were at LCCC.
“I don’t know what it is,” said 6-foot, 165-pound LaMar. “I’m just focusing ahead to the conference meet and districts. Last year, I came from out of nowhere. I know that’s the time to step it up.
“I’ve been sick since the Galion meet (Sept. 15), but the last couple of days have been a lot better. I don’t think it’s serious to a point where I would have to see a doctor. I’ve been taking cough medicine.”
Senior Max Mason and junior Ryan Morris won the seventh annual Amherst Monkeyball Relays on Saturday morning at Richard S. Cooley track.
Mason and Morris won the event in 30:04. Sophomores Brian Szczodrowski and D.J. Wymer (30:46) were second, followed by the teams of Kevin Klekota-Kevin Haroff (30:58), Josh Glovac-Brad Cochrane (30:59) and Tyler Brascum-Pete Hause (31:00).
The two-man, six-mile intrasquad event features each runner alternating 400-meter intervals. The honorary starter this year was Jason Swift, the inspiration behind the concept of Monkeyball Relays in 2001.
Amherst boys coach Scott Snyder was third in 17:35 at Sunday’s Elyria Apple Festival 5K.
Obenour on Saturday
The 29th annual Jim Obenour Memorial Invitational is Saturday at Vermilion’s Sailorway Middle School. The girls race leads off the varsity event at 10:30 a.m., followed by the boys race at 11.
The teams are Admiral King, Ashland, Amherst (boys only), Bay, Elyria, Firelands, Huron, Midview, North Ridgeville, Southview, Wellington, Westlake and the host Sailors.
To make ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 listing is quite an achievement. The following lists won’t qualify, but a polling of area coaches and runners on several topics are still worth mentioning.
Favorite running flicks
1. Prefontaine (1997)
2. Without Limits (1998)
3. Chariots of Fire (1981)
4. Endurance (1999)
5. The Jericho Mile (1979)
1. 1990 Avon Lake Earlybird: Several area runners were hospitalized due to heat exhaustion, including Bay’s Jeff Matovic. The division I girls race was canceled.
2. 2006 Tiffin regional: Potpourri of wind, rain, snow and thunder.
3. 2005 Boardman regional: Heavy rains deluged the waterlogged course, plus fried the video camera of Elyria Catholic coach Chuck Lynch.
4. 1999 Elyria district: Who says winter can’t come two months early?
5. 1997 Edgewater district: Horizontal freezing rain made for precarious conditions.
6. 2003 Wadsworth Invitational: Can you say Mud Bowl?
Bazilevich leads Eagles
The North Olmsted girls finished eighth out of 15 teams at the Strongsville Mustang Invitational on Saturday.
Leading the Eagles for the second straight weekend was senior Andria Bazilevich (21st, 20:35). She was followed by sophomores Jordan Sowecke (39th, 21:07) and Alex Goots (45th, 21:17), senior Nicole Georgalis (49th, 21:23.2) and sophomore Vanessa Gut (50th, 21:25).
Avon Lake, which was 14th, was led by Miranda Weed (40th, 21:10).
North Olmsted and Avon Lake finished 13th and 14th of 18 teams in the boys division. Dan Bullard (44th, 17:21) and Alex Kearney (48th, 17:23) led the Eagles. Matt Link (27th, 16:57) and Tony Bartolotta (79th, 17:50) paced the Shoremen.
In other action, the Amherst girls finished seventh of 25 teams at the Malone invitational. Michele Molnar (40th, 21:17), Jessica Bartholomew (42nd, 21:19), Jane Lehman (47th, 21:25), Erica Kelly (48th, 21:26) and Kasey Schuler (57th, 21:50) led the Comets.
Also, Avon sophomore Erin Schneider broke the 20-minute barrier for the first time in her career with an 11th-place finish in 19:56 at the Jackson Invitational in Michigan on Saturday.
Freshman Kayla Welch (23rd, 20:45) also finished in the top 25 for the Eagles (204), who placed seventh out of 18 teams. Andy Ventura (35th, 17:55) and Tyler Kvach (49th, 18:34) for the Avon boys (263), who placed 10th out of 14 teams.
Jackson Lumen Christian (70) and Kalamazoo Hacket (67), both Michigan teams, won the girls and boys team titles, respectively.
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for players of the week.
RUNNERS OF THE WEEK
Brian Zeuch, Bay
LAST WEEK: Placed fourth at the Colt Pack Invitational at Cloverleaf High School in a time of 17:26. Helped the Rockets defend their team title and win their fourth major meet of the season.
OTHER SPORT: Track
BIO: Running is a popular sport in Zeuch’s family. His cousin, Galion High’s James Zeuch, was last year’s Tiffin Division II regional champ and went on to finish sixth at the state meet. Scott Zeuch, Brian’s uncle and a 1990 Bay graduate, is a former runner for the Rockets. His grandfather, Armand Massey, took up running when he was in his 50s. Brian is a member of Young Life.
PARENTS: Dan and Anne-Marie Zeuch
Andria Bazilevich, North Olmsted
LAST WEEK: For the third straight weekend, ran a personal record with a time of 20:35 at the Strongsville Invitational. Finished 21st as she led the Eagles to an eighth-place finish.
OTHER SPORTS: Ttrack
BIO: Helped lead North Olmsted to third-place finishes at the SWC meet the past three years. Is a member of National Honor Society and student council. Likes to hang out with her friends. Has a 3.8 GPA.
PARENTS: Dave and Valerie Bazilevich