September 23, 2014

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Cross country: Avon Lake’s Norris, Avon’s Fasciana and Elyria Catholic’s Foisy make state

TIFFIN — Trevor Norris had fire, anger and disappointment in his eyes as he tried to absorb Saturday’s disappointing results at the Tiffin regional cross country championships.

But first, there was some good news.

The Avon Lake senior finished second overall to Maumee senior Willy Fink (15:50.53) with a time of 15:52.41. It was the best individual performance by a Lorain County Division I boy since Amherst’s Peter Kummant won back-to-back titles in 1973 and ‘74.

Norris beat his personal-record time by 21 seconds, crushing his previous best at this year’s Tiffin Carnival.

The source of his heartbreak was because for the second time in three years, the Avon Lake boys failed to qualify to state as a team by three points or fewer.

This time, it was the fewer. Two points to be exact.

No. 8-ranked Avon Lake finished with 156 points. Top-rated St. Ignatius dominated the field with 69. No. 15 Medina (121), No. 13 Toledo St. Francis DeSales (139) and No. 16 Brunswick (154) were the other qualifiers.

“It was a good effort, it just wasn’t up to the level that was critical,” Norris said. “We were coming in expecting to place second or maybe third. We knew we were a good team, but you have to run the race.”

Two years ago, Avon Lake came up three points shy to Toledo Central Catholic for the fourth qualifying spot, 146-149.

“We’ve had a good season and done the right things,” Norris said. “The goal was just to keep doing the right things and let it come to us. Second place (individually) is nice, but obviously if I get that kid (Fink) at the end it’s another point (for a two-point swing). Every point counts. We just didn’t get it done.”

Last year the Shoremen grabbed the fourth and last spot by eight points with a 42-second spread between it first five runners. It had an 82-second spread Saturday.

“It’s a tough way to end it but Trevor fortunately still gets a chance,” Avon Lake coach Rob Juergens said. “It’s the best I’ve seen him run. I don’t think he had a bad spot the whole race. Usually, he’ll have a couple spots where he lets go and loses focus. He was very solid. His splits were very even. He averaged 5:06 per mile. He beat some pretty good runners and the only one who beat him is one of the top runners in the state. He did what you’re supposed to do at that meet.”

Senior Connor Musial (25th, 16:34.59) was Avon Lake’s No. 2 runner. Like Norris, Musial was extremely disappointed.

“We know we could have pulled through a lot better,” Musial said. “We needed to keep pulling each other up throughout the race. We needed that tight pack and we didn’t have that today.”

Senior Francesco Maiorca (35th, 16:47.10), junior Tommy Parsons (54th, 17:02.44) and sophomore Nick Nix (79th, 17:29.69) rounded out the top five.

Last week at the Elyria district, 30 seconds separated Norris, Musial, Francesco and Parsons. Only four seconds separated the last three.
It was a much different story Saturday where 70 seconds separated the first four Avon Lake runners. A total of 28 seconds separated Musial, Maiorca and Parsons.

In addition to Norris, Nix had a big day as far as personal records go, breaking his old mark by 40 seconds. Sophomore Devin Arora (86th, 17:38.09), the team’s No. 6 runner, had a 50-second PR.

A 2010 Division II All-Ohioan, Avon sophomore Austin Fasciana earned a Division I ticket this time around by placing 15th of the 16 individual qualifiers with a personal-record time of 16:15.95. As it turned out, anything less than a personal record and Fasciana wouldn’t have qualified.

“This is the best of the best that’s out here,” Fasciana said. “I’m shocked. I didn’t know if I was going to qualify or not. I’m pretty psyched. My goal is get top 25 (at state). I’m going to have to work for it. It’s definitely not something that’s handed to you.”

Amherst’s girls finished ninth out of 16 teams in the Division I girls race, led by junior Emily Johnson (28th, 19:58.60) and freshman Alexis Szivan (54th, 20:27.60).

“We didn’t run as well as we hoped to have run,” Amherst girls coach Terry Kemp said. “I don’t know what to chalk that up to.”
Freshman Madison Copley (56th, 21:36.17) and senior Bri Buckley (78th, 22:32.04) led the Keystone girls, who finished 14th in the Division II girls race.

“I was hoping Madison might qualify (top 16), but she just didn’t get off to a great start and pretty much held her position the entire way,” Keystone coach Jeff Holzhauer said.

EC’s Foisy headed to state

Elyria Catholic junior Michaela Foisy earned a ticket to the Division III state cross country meet with a 14th-place finish at Saturday’s Boardman regional meet in Youngstown with a time of 21:09.75.

“It was a very tough race and mentally challenging,” Foisy said. “I knew that top 16 is what I wanted and needed to get to move on. The pressure was there. I was able to stick with a pack that just ran well together. When it came down to it, I was in the perfect position. The group was spots 4-16. It played out perfectly.”

It’s the third time in four years that the EC girls have advanced an individual to the state meet.

The Open Door girls team finished eighth with 239 points, up from its 15th-place finish last year.

Gabrielle Neubauer (18th, 21:39.33), a sophomore, led the Patriots. Sarah Hoff (33rd, 22:16.65), Courtney Smith (75th, 23:29.23), Cassie Crowder (77th, 23:34.85), Sydney Schmidt (103rd, 24:59.07), Kelsey Strouse (105th, 25:02.30) and Elizabeth Bublinec (125th, 29:07.62) rounded out the team.
Open Door junior Cameron Rusnak finished 22nd (18:18.0) in the Division III boys race.

Contact Paul Heyse at 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.

BOYS
Top 4 teams, top 16 individuals qualify to state meet

Division I
Team results
1. St. Ignatius, 69; 2. Medina, 121; 3. Toledo St. Francis, 139; 4. Brunswick, 154; 5. Avon Lake, 156; 6. Brecksville, 175; 7. Sylvania Northview, 214; 8. St. Edward, 230; 9. Perrysburg, 238; 10. Toledo St. John, 243; 11. Findlay, 264; 12. Bowling Green, 300; 13. Lakewood, 316; 15. North Olmsted, 342; 16. Norwalk, 345

Individual qualifiers

1. Willy Fink (Maumee), 15:50.73; 2. Trevor Norris (Avon Lake), 15:52.41; 3. Nick Jackosky (Lakewood), 15:54.48; 4. Robert Robinson (Medina), 16:04.47; 5. Mitch Baum (St. Ignatius), 16:05.11; 6. Jack Miller (St. Ignatius), 16:06.41; 7. Dave Ryland (Brecksville), 16:10.90; 8. Dan Zupan (Berea), 16:12.36; 9. Rob Scanlon (Brecksville), 16:12.53; 10. Matt Kowal (St. Edward), 16:12.95; 11. Mike Miller (Strongsville), 16:13.05; 12. Lou Styles (Midpark), 16:13.17; 13. Thomas Gibbons (Oregon Clay), 16:13.33; 14. Jacob Mills (St. John), 16:15.03; 15. Austin Fasciana (Avon), 16:15.95; 16. Brian Seymour (Bowling Green), 16:18.08

Other local runners

25. Connor Musial (Avon Lake), 16:34.59; 35. Francesco Maiorca (Avon Lake), 16:47.10; 54. Tommy Parsons (Avon Lake), 17:02.43; 66. Josh Parks (Amherst), 17:15.98; 79. Nick Nix (Avon Lake), 17:29.69; 82. Mark Matos (Amherst), 17:36.26; 86. Devin Arora (Avon Lake), 17:38.09; 92. Mike Callesen (Avon Lake), 17:42.9566.

Division II
Team results

1. Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, 80; 2. Woodridge, 116; 3. Van Wert, 119; 4. CVCA, 124; 5. Defiance, 144; 6. Tallmadge, 149; 7. Lexington, 180; 8. Sandusky Perkins, 247; 9. Wauseon, 254; 10. Millbury Lake, 268; 11. Galion, 295; 12. Lima Shawnee, 301; 13. Buckeye, 312; 14. Padua, 338; 15. Rocky River, 340; 16. Bay, 375

Individual qualifiers

1. Steven Weaver (Napoleon), 15:45.67; 2. Abel Flores (Defiance), 16:02.59; 3. Jared Fleming (Van Wert), 16:10.56; 4. Patrick O’Brien (SVSM), 16:14.52; 5. Drake Sulzer (Woodridge), 16:23.37; 6. Evan Bialosky (Padua), 16:30.34; 7. Ryan Gallagher (Buckeye), 16:31.31; 8. Wade Hodges (Wauseon), 16:37.36; 9. Patrick Ferguson (Tallmadge), 16:16:39.47; 10. Connor Holiday (Van Wert), 16:41.79; 11. Nick Iacofano (SVSM), 16:44.42; 12. Chris McElligott (Galion), 16:44.74; 13. Ric Roe (Swanton), 16:45.53; 14. Matt Wojcik (Woodridge), 16:45.78; 15. Mike Decker (Perkins), 16:45.89; 16. Mike Hurley (SVSM), 16:48.89

Local finishers

42. Brady Jeffers (Firelands), 17:21.40; 55. Seth Jeffers (Firelands), 17:32.05; 57. Gus Kazek (Black River), 17:37.28; 104. Greg Nagy (Elyria Catholic), 18:20.90

GIRLS
Top 4 teams, top 16 individuals qualify to state meet

Division I
Team results

1. Brunswick, 99; 2. Sylvania Northview, 107; 3. Brecksville, 130; 4. Magnificat, 133; 5. Medina, 169; 6. Strongsville, 178; 7. Bay, 190; 8. Toledo Notre Dame, 221; 9. Amherst, 243; 10. Toledo St. Ursula, 265; 11. Rocky River, 274; 12. Anthony Wayne, 291; 13. Perrysburg, 297; 14. Ashland, 299; 15. Oregon Clay, 332; 16. Maumee, 362

Individual qualifiers

1. Elyse Bierut (Rocky River), 18:19.90; 2. Paige Szabat (Wadsworth), 18:21.90; 3. Anna Boyert (Medina), 18:48.90; 4. Erin Gyurke (Oregon Clay), 18:49.40; 5. Alison Work (Northview), 18:56.0; 6. Alexandra Aughenba (Toledo Notre Dame), 18:57.30; 7. Madi Connelly (Rocky River), 18:58.0; 8. Miranda DiBasio (Berea), 19:00.30; 9. Shakita Kabicek (Midpark), 19:01.20; 10. Abigail Marquard (Magnificat), 19:05.70; 11. Taylor Monheim (Perrysburg), 19:12.20; 12. Natalie Camardo (Strongsville), 19:17.30; 13. Maureen Dean (Northview), 19:20.90; 14. Loren McDaniel (Brunswick), 19:24.60; 15. Natalie Vidacs (North Royalton), 19:25.60; 16. Alexis Uber (Brunswick), 19:27.70; 16.

Local finishers

28. Emily Johnson (Amherst), 19:58.60; 29. Katy Link (Avon Lake), 20:00.10; 54. Alexis Szivan (Amherst), 20:27.60; 56. Angelica Bucci (Amherst), 20:28.10; 63. Megan Beal (Amherst), 20:40.30; 93. Nina Hill (Amherst), 21:28.30; 118. Erica Gigliotti (Amherst), 22:51.60; 122. Katie Sooy-Schultz (Amherst), 23:25.20

Division II
Team results

1. Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, 39; 2. CVCA, 70; 3. Woodridge, 139; 4. Wauseon, 145; 5. Crestwood, 147; 6. Lima Shawnee, 156; 7. Lexington, 176; 8. Van Wert, 198; 9. Bellevue, 224; 10. Pemberville Eastwood, 224; 11. Shelby, 242; 12. Tiffin Columbian, 312; 13. Buckeye, 344; 14. Keystone, 400; 15. Padua, 419; 16. Firelands, 482

Individual qualifiers

1. Samantha Hockoven (CVCA), 18:43.08; 2. Marissa Rosetti (SVSM), 19:21.02; 3. Taylor Vernot (Wauseon), 19:25.69; 4. Julia Mendiola (SVSM), 19:36.16; 5. Tessa Weigand (SVSM), 19:37.29; 6. Sarah MacIntosh (CVCA), 19:40.45; 7. Karlie Lieberth (Crestwood), 19:45.10; 8. Andi Foster (Van Wert), 19:46.13; 9. Amanda Sollenberger (SVSM), 19:52.45; 10. Ericka Rosang (Bellevue), 19:53.76; 11. Lillian Freundlich (Lexington), 19:54.76; 12. Erica Bettac (Shelby), 19:58.31; 13. Abby Soltist (Crestwood), 19:59.46; 14. Destiny Cosentino (Field), 19:59.61; 15. Kaitlyn Stayer (Field), 20:00.12; 16. Ellen Isaac (Lexington), 20:06.25

Local finishers

56. Madison Copley (Keystone), 21:36.17; 83. Jessica Beran (Firelands), 22:28.36; 85. Bri Buckley (Keystone), 22:32.04; 91. Jenna Periandri (Black River), 22:57.83; 94. Jillian Peters (Keystone), 23:01.12; 99. Cait Shaw (Keystone), 23:11.34; 103. Tina Ficociello (Keystone), 23:43.12; 109. Meghan Butler (Firelands), 24:32.58; 110. Rachel Kaller (Firelands), 24:34.30; 111. Abbey Skolnik (Firelands), 24:36.0; 112. Emam Northeim (Firelands), 24:41.34; 116. Meredith Pollack (Keystone), 25:23.49; 118. Hannah Clouser (Keystone), 29:59.55