August 29, 2014

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Amherst boys, Bay girls defend team titles at Obenour Memorial cross country invitational

VERMILION — The Amherst boys and Bay girls cross country teams proved they’re ready for the stretch drive. The Comets and Rockets successfully defended their team titles at Saturday’s 29th annual Jim Obenour Memorial Invitational at Sailorway Middle School.
For the second straight year, Amherst toppled Bay for the boys title, 29-51. The Bay girls team was never seriously threatened as it outhustled Ashland, 34-77.
Amherst junior Gary Haglund won the boys race in 16 minutes, 56 seconds. He beat teammate and fellow junior Kyle Lowry (16:57), the defending champ. Vermilion senior Nate Cremean closed fast in the end and finished third (16:59) for the second year in a row.
“I didn’t feel very good in the middle of the race, but started feeling better towards the end,” said Haglund. “I don’t know if that was adrenaline or what.”
It was Haglund’s first invitational win in three years. He won the middle school title at the 2004 Obenour meet.
“It’s always worked out well for me on this course,” said Haglund. “Today, the race conditions were nearly perfect.”
Freshman Miles Pittak (sixth, 17:20), junior Pete Hause (ninth, 17:55) and senior Ben Kildow (11th, 18:08) rounded out the Comets’ top five.
“To get your top five in the top 11 of the race is really outstanding,” said Amherst coach Scott Snyder. “We were shooting for five in the top 15. The guys really came through.”
It was Amherst’s third win at Vermilion in four years.
Freshman Mike Brajdic (fourth, 17:00) and junior Jordan Hawkins (eighth, 17:52) led the Bay boys.
“Beating Bay was huge,” said Haglund. “Scott (Snyder) said they’d be coming for us.”
The Bay boys won four major invites this year, but couldn’t answer Amherst’s firepower.
“You watched it. You saw it. Amherst won it like I figured they would,” said Bay boys coach Steve Babson. “We ran well, but we had one or two performances that were a little sub-average.”
Cremean hoped to derail Haglund and Lowry, but had too much of a gap to make up.
“Brajdic and I traded leads trying to catch the Amherst kids,” said Cremean, a 2006 Division II state qualifier. “It was just too much to make up. I just need to make sure I’m ready for the postseason. Last year, I ramped it pretty good.”
Defending champ Hannah Farver of Bay (20:09), a senior, was the class of the girls race. She kept Huron senior Sarah Colley (20:18), the 2005 Vermilion champ, at arm’s length for most of the race.
“I felt a lot better than last week (at Cloverleaf),” said Farver, a 2006 All-Ohioan. “My legs felt good, especially the first half of the race.”
Stephanie Black (fifth, 20:45), Lisa Greibel (eighth, 21:44), Molly Gorie (ninth, 21:52) and Megan O’Brien (11th, 22:13) rounded out Bay’s top five.
“It was a nice way to rebound after last week (fifth place),” said Bay girls coach Joe Knap. “Next week (West Shore Conference meet) is more important, but we needed the type of performance that we could feel good about. We accomplished that.”

Boys

TEAM RESULTS: 1. Amherst, 29; 2. Bay, 51; 3. Vermilion, 97; 4. Firelands, 125; 5. Westlake, 140; 6. Ashland, 152; 7. Elyria, 156; 8. Midview, 226; 9. North Ridgeville, 244; 10. Huron, 258; 11. Wellington, 282; 12. Brookside, 360
OVERALL: 1. Gary Haglund (Amherst), 16:55; 2. Kyle Lowry (Amherst), 16:56; 3. Nate Cremean (Vermilion), 16:59
AMHERST: Haglund; Lowry; Miles Pittak (6, 17:20); Pete Hause (9, 17:55); Ben Kildow (11, 18:08)
BAY: Mike Brajdic (4, 17:00); Jordan Hawkins (8, 17:52); Brian Zeuch (10, 18:08); Marty Sammon (14, 18:12); Matt Notarberardino (15, 18:18)
VERMILION: Cremean; Nate Rodriguez (5, 17:18); Todd Hathaway (18, 18:25); Adam Kitchen (31, 19:05); Scott Burger (46, 20:05)
FIRELANDS: Nick Jeffers (13, 18:12); Preston Rathge (23, 18:49); Cory LaMar (26, 18:53); Kyle Nimon (30, 19:04); Aaron Bonawit (32, 19:07);
WESTLAKE: Jack St. Marie (7, 17:31); Neal Kelly (22, 18:48); Steve Anderson (43, 19:50); Max Blessing (48, 20:09); Peter Ogonek (50, 20:20)
ELYRIA: Ian Ward (21, 18:43); James Marks (23, 18:49); Ben Baptiste (33, 19:08); Keith Novarese (34, 19:09); Jaydel Santo Domingo (45, 19:57)
MIDVIEW: Dave Siefker (12, 18:12); Andy Jaskowiak (42, 19:46); Nick Miller (49, 20:15); D.J. Saylor (56, 20:47); Justin Caithaml (67, 21:41)
NORTH RIDGEVILLE: Nick Jones (38, 19:31); Joe Yost (41, 19:45); Rob Michael (52, 20:22); Josh Winkelman (55, 20:35); Aaron Kellar (58, 20:58)
WELLINGTON: Joe Comfort (44, 19:54); Stewart Wilson (47, 20:06); Lane Horneck (57, 20:50); Will Hall (64, 21:16); Jarrod Brown (70, 22:39)
BROOKSIDE: Chris Welch (62, 21:12); Mike Pritt (71, 22:47); Jon Mohrbach (72, 23:10); Eric Bradley (78, 27:56); Jamie Machovina (79, 31:30)

Girls

TEAM RESULTS: 1. Bay, 34; 2. Ashland, 77; 3. Westlake, 86; 4. Huron, 113; 5. Elyria, 124; 6. Vermilion, 146; 7. Brookside, 194; 8. Midview, 195; 9. Southview, 239; 10. Wellington, 260
OVERALL: 1. Hannah Farver (Bay), 20:09; 2. Sarah Colley (Huron), 20:18; 3. Sophia Kopasakis (Westlake), 20:35
BAY: Farver; Stephanie Black (5, 20:45); Lisa Greibel (8, 21:44), Molly Gorie (9, 21:52); Megan O’Brien (11, 22:13)
WESTLAKE: Kopasakis; Alesha Beverly (12, 22:16); Lauren Ledek (13, 22:22); Megan Davis (26, 23:49); Samantha Anderson (32, 24:28)
ELYRIA: Jessica Sykes (7, 21:34); Katelyn Siwierka (10, 22:09); Teresa Pesch (21, 23:04); Corrie Miller (34, 24:40); Sarah Minnich (52, 27:48)
VERMILION: Amanda Bowles (17, 22:36); Breanna Graham (24, 23:26); Kara Cremean (28, 24:18); Betsy Thayer (38, 25:08); Erin Costello (39, 25:08)
BROOKSIDE: Courtney Neigh (22, 23:09); Kayla Chrosniak (35, 24:53); Tina Smith (43, 25:17); Chelsea Welch (46, 26:24); Madeline Rouhier (48, 26:44)
MIDVIEW: Teresa Divencenzo (18, 22:45); Gabi Patarini (40, 25:12); Sarah Shannon (42, 25:13); Anna Hughes (44, 25:47); Abby Carney (51, 27:28)
SOUTHVIEW: Briana Middlebrooks (30, 4:26); Shawnta DeChant (31, 24:27); Nikki Armstrong (49, 26:44); Ariel White (64, 35:02); Emily Heatly (65, 36:30)
WELLINGTON: Kelsey David (33, 24:40); Emily Dammeyer (50, 27:15); Julie Sams (56, 28:07); Angela Gaetano (59, 28:51); Amber Brock (62, 30:10)