September 23, 2014

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Boys cross country 2014: Black River’s Hawley motivated after success last year

Black River’s Tanner Hawley is looking to repeat as a state qualifier this year. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Tanner Hawley handled the pressure of his first state cross country meet like a pro. Nervous and a bit sleep-deprived, the Black River runner didn’t allow the nerves to rule the day — no more than the stress of chip shot or putt as a member of the varsity golf team. Hawley finished 39th out Read More…

Girls cross country 2014: Amherst looks to continue success

Megan Parker, left, and Alexis Szivan lead the Amherst girls. STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE

Typically not only talent sets elite high school programs like Amherst apart from its rivals. It’s their line of thinking. That’s played a major role in the success of senior Alexis Szivan and junior Megan Parker. “What helps me before the race is to think about somebody who can’t run and try to run it Read More…

Lorain County athletes finish in top 3 at Vermilion Harbor Triathlon

Elyria’s Jessica Tomazic takes part in the run.

VERMILION — Lorain County maintained its strong local tradition at Sunday’s seventh annual Vermilion Harbor Triathlon at Linwood Park. Elyria’s Jessica Tomazic and Adam Kuncel of Amherst finished in the top three. Defending women’s champ Tomazic, 32, was second this time around in the women’s division for the Olympic Distance race in a time of Read More…

Lions Club Races: History made as Cassie Vince takes overall victory

Cassie Vince placed first overall in the North Ridgeville Lions Club 5K. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Cassie Vince won the North Ridgeville Lions Club 5K on Saturday. And, no, nothing is missing in that sentence. Vince did something that had never been done in the North Ridgeville Lions Club races and rarely achieved in Lorain County races of any kind. The 19-year-old Amherst resident not only won the Read More…

Huntington Triathlon: Grafton’s Aaron Henely just misses 2nd

Aaron Henely of Grafton runs the final stretch of the Huntington Triathlon on Sunday in Bay Village. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

BAY VILLAGE — Grafton’s Aaron Henely came up just short in the seesaw battle for second place with Fairview Park’s Jason Zangmeister at Sunday’s 15th annual Huntington Triathlon 2. The Bay Village race consisted of a 0.25-mile swim, 12-mile bike and 5K run. Henely gave it his best shot, but couldn’t hold on to a one Read More…

Mayfield man runs away North Coast Nautilus Summer Triathlon title

Grafton’s Michael Schaefer competes during the running portion of Sunday’s 29th annual North Coast Nautilus Summer Triathlon in Lorain. Schaefer had the best day among local men, finishing third overall —  just one second behind runner-up Jason Zangmeister.  AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — The only battle at Sunday’s 29th annual North Coast Nautilus Summer Triathlon was for second place, as Mayfield’s Kevin Malone ran away with the men’s championship. A former soccer player for Rutgers University and Cleveland State, Malone was in a class by himself as finished with more than a five-minute lead. The former Read More…

EC grad Foisy wins women’s title at fifth annual Kerstetter 5K

Michaela Foisy, 19, of Elyria, high fives her sister Elizabeth, 17, after placing first in the Kerstetter 5K women's division on July 12.   KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Michaela Foisy didn’t let a long college season diminish her will and effort at Saturday’s fifth annual James Kerstetter Memorial 5K. The 2013 Elyria Catholic graduate was hands down the top performer in the women’s field as she clocked a course-best 18 minutes, 59.1 seconds to take home the top prize and was Read More…

Mark Ruppe masters Columbia Station Half Marathon

Westlake High School junior Robyn Hageman weathered the hot and humid conditions Sunday to finish second in the women’s race at the Columbia Station Half Marathon. She turned in a time of 1:54:51.26.

COLUMBIA STATION — Heat and humidity took their toll on the runners in the ninth annual Columbia Station Half Marathon and Inline Skate on Sunday. One look at the times showed that. Chesterland masters runner Mark Ruppe, age 41, was the class of the men’s field as he outdistanced Bucyrus’ Marshall Pfahler, 19, by more Read More…

Lorain woman finishes second at Huntington Triathlon

Runners get ready to start their heat at the Huntington Triathlon. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

BAY VILLAGE — It was an important race Saturday for Lorain’s Kim Bennett, but the second-place finish at the North Coast Nautilus Huntington Triathlon No. 1 was a training workout for a much bigger race later this season. The 36-year-old Firelands High School teacher is preparing for her first Ironman triathlon on Sept. 7 in Read More…

State Track: Avon Lake’s Max Seipel stays confident, finishes 2nd in discus

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COLUMBUS — Max Seipel didn’t allow the negatives from shot put Saturday to sap his energy or compromise his confidence. Remaining headstrong, the Avon Lake senior rebounded to earn a second place in the discus at the Division I meet. Seipel threw the discus 179 feet, 6 inches in the first round of finals to Read More…