February 14, 2016

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Penton Memorial 10K Turkey Trot: Amherst grad Nina Hill wins female division

ELYRIA — Eight straight appearances finally paid off for Nina Hill as the 21-year-old Carnegie Mellon senior won Thursday’s 47th annual Penton Memorial 10K Turkey Trot for the first time. The 2012 Amherst Steele graduate clocked 44 minutes, 46 seconds and finished 22nd overall in a record-tying field of 295 runners. She defeated Ashland University’s Read More…

High school swimming: Avon’s Stark, Brooks there for each other, in and out of pool

Avon swimmers Rachel Stark, left, and Ben Brooks are teammates and a couple. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Training for high school swimming is tough. Putting in thousands of yards in the pool every day during the 16-week season can be grueling. An athlete’s endurance is challenged and maintaining one’s sanity isn’t always easy. Top-flight swimmers like senior Rachel Stark and junior Ben Brooks of Avon know the ropes. They train year round Read More…

High school cross country: Simon Perales, Alex Holtz, Shannon Wargo and Erin Laird named Lorain County MVPs

Clockwise from front left, Avon's Erin Laird, Keystone's Shannon Wargo, Oberlin's Simon Perales and Avon Lake's Alex Holtz are the Lorain County cross country runners of the year. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Oberlin senior Simon Perales just wrapped up a long cross country season with a trip to state. Time to kick back and relax, right? Well, maybe not. “It makes me hungry for track,” Perales said. “I’m looking forward to indoor state and outdoor state. I want to win an award in track (all-state). This gives Read More…

High school cross country: Oberlin’s Perales making the most of second chance

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Redemption, not notoriety, was the carrot Oberlin High senior Simon Perales dangled in front of himself as motivation to earn a ticket to Saturday’s Division III state cross country meet. Perales was a state contender for the first half of his regional race in Boardman as a junior. Things fell apart in the second half Read More…

High school cross country: Lutheran West’s Michaela Bierly pulls away in middle of race to win Division II district title

ELYRIA — Michaela Bierly went with her instincts and it paid off. The Lutheran West senior from North Ridgeville surged midrace at Saturday’s Division II district girls cross country meet at Lorain County Community College and went on to defeat Keystone senior Shannon Wargo. Bierly clocked 19 minutes, 40.96 seconds to Wargo’s 19:49.68. It was Read More…

Posing a threat: Yoga workouts working out for Avon runners

Erin Laird and the Avon cross country team do yoga on Oct. 21. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Core training has become a fitness buzzword. Yoga is a medium that the Avon High boys and girls cross country teams have plugged into in order to work and support core strength and development. Instead of running seven days a week, the team takes Wednesdays off to attend a yoga class at 3sisters yoga + Read More…

Cross country: Rivalry between Lutheran West’s Michaela Bierly and Keystone’s Shannon Wargo stays on course

Lutheran West's Michaela Bierly, left, of North Ridgeville, and Shannon Wargo of Keystone run in the Keystone Icebreaker last year. CHRONICLE FILE

Things can get intense and even a bit chippy when two well-matched athletes clash face each other time and time again, even in non-contact sports such as running. Despite always being contenders in the races they run, seniors Shannon Wargo of Keystone and Michaela Bierly of Lutheran West have maintained a friendly rivalry dating back Read More…

Boys cross country: Open Door building for success

Open Door Christian School has had a solid cross country program over the years, but many times the Patriots have been just a runner or two shy of putting it all together. Open Door’s boys have advanced to the Division III regional meet only twice in the program’s history — in 1992 and 2008. It’s Read More…

Cross country: Black River senior Tanner Hawley finally beats his top foe on way to school-record run at home invite

SULLIVAN — This was no ordinary cross country meet for Black River’s Tanner Hawley. It was the Mount Everest of meets for the senior. But Hawley wasn’t just out to conquer the course and the field at Saturday’s home invite, the J.B. Firestone Invitational at Black River High School, he also wanted to break 16 Read More…

High school cross country: Black River girls program hoping to parlay return to state rankings into postseason success

Black River’s girls cross country team is in a resurgence and the state is taking notice. The Pirates were ranked 15th in Division III in last week’s Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches state poll. It’s the first time the Black River girls have made the poll in more than 10 years. While Read More…