April 18, 2015


High school cross country: Amherst’s Alexis Szivan finishes race, career strong with seventh-place finish at state

Alexis Szivan, left, wraps up her high school career with a career day, running a
time of 18 minutes, 34.8 seconds to take seventh place in the Division I state cross country meet Saturday in Hebron. She had finished 49th each of the past two years at state. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

HEBRON — Alexis Szivan can finally say she enjoyed her final cross country meet of the season. The Amherst senior finished seventh Saturday in the Division I state championship at National Trail Raceway with a career-record time of 18 minutes, 30.48 seconds. “I typically haven’t remembered the last day for cross country season the last Read More…

Cross Country: Michaela Bierly shakes off last season’s regional disappointment, wants to enjoy state meet

Lutheran West junior Michaela Bierly, a North Ridgeville resident, gets in some training for Saturday’s Division III state meet in Hebron. It will be her first trip to state. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Motivation has never been a problem for Michaela Bierly this season. The Lutheran West junior can thank a near-miss at last year’s regional meet for that. Bierly, who lives in North Ridgeville, was in the 16th place — the cutoff for making state — at last year’s Division III regional meet in Youngstown when she Read More…

Chagrin Falls couple posts wins at Amherst Skeleton Run

Lisa Burnett of Chagin Falls sprints to the 
finish line on the Amherst High School track to win their classes in Sunday’s Amherst Skeleton Run for Your Bones 5K. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — Clay and Lisa Burnett of Chagrin Falls stole the show again at Sunday’s 15th annual Amherst Skeleton Run For Your Bones 5K. The husband-and-wife team won both the men and women’s titles. Clay, 32, defended his title in winning his third Skeleton race in 15:06.77. He outdistanced Cleveland masters Fred Kieser, 43 (15:41.18), Read More…

Regional cross country: Avon girls facing tough competition after district title

Juniors Erin Laird, left, and Haley Parker lead the Avon girls cross country team during a practice run Tuesday. The Eagles won their first Division I district title to advance to regionals.  KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

Avon ended Lorain County’s 22-year dry spell of Division I girls cross country district championships with a victory last Saturday at LCCC. It was the first victory by a county school since Amherst won the title in 1992 and the first by an Avon girls team since the Eagles won the 1988 Elyria Class A Read More…

Former Amherst coach Richard Cooley leaves a remarkable legacy

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Dick Cooley not only put the city of Amherst, but all of Lorain County, on the map for track and cross country. Cooley was highly successful, winning meets and producing champions in nearly 30 years as a coach. It wasn’t all about wins and losses for Cooley, who retired from coaching in 1981. His impact Read More…

Cross country: Elyria’s Hawks takes individual title; Avon girls win district

Elyria’s James Hawks leads the way en route to an individual title at the Division I district cross country meet on Saturday. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Elyria senior James Hawks was clear on his objective at Saturday’s Division I District cross country meet: to win. The same went for Avon senior Erin Laird. Both accomplished the mission despite soggy and muddy course conditions at Lorain County Community College. Hawks won the individual title in the boys race in a Read More…

High school cross country: Elyria’s James Hawks ready to make a run at history

Elyria High's James Hawks rusn in ithe Avon Lake Early Bird Cross Country Invitational earlier this year. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

James Hawks knows what’s at stake Saturday and is embracing whatever pressure comes his way. The senior has a chance to become Elyria High’s first boys district cross country champion at Lorain County Community College while also helping the Pioneers make it to regionals for the first time in more than a decade. A two-time Read More…

Cross Country: Firelands, Lutheran West end droughts at PAC championship

Black River’s Hannah Heath, left, and Lutheran West’s Michaela Bierly start the Patriot Athletic Conference race Saturday at the Equestrian Trails. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — There wasn’t any magic involved, just numbers. Hard, fast numbers. Those numbers led the Firelands boys and Lutheran West girls to wins Saturday at the Patriot Athletic Conference cross country championships. Both snapped long league dry spells. For the Falcons, it was their first boys title since winning the Lorain County Conference in Read More…

High school cross country: Amherst girls overcome adversity, off day to win SWC title

Alexis Szivan

ELYRIA — Alexis Szivan’s mood was initially a bit glum after Saturday’s Southwestern Conference cross country championships, but only for a short time. The Amherst senior’s outlook brightened considerably when she was handed the final meet results. Why the change? Her team won. The Amherst girls captured their first title since 2002 and 11th overall Read More…

High school cross country: Elyria’s James Hawks, Westlake’s Meredith Hansen pick up wins at Obenour Invitational

Elyria’s James Hawks (365) leads the way with the Firelands team close behind Saturday at the Obenour Invitational in Vermilion. Hawks won the meet in 16:44.81. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

VERMILION — The pressure was on James Hawks on Saturday at the 36th annual Obenour Memorial Invitational. And he put it there. “I was telling my friends at school this week that if I didn’t win this I was going to be very upset on Monday because it’s my last chance,” the Elyria senior said. Read More…