The Legends Cross Country Invitational - A Virtual Preview!

Each year the Legends Cross Country Invitational is dedicated to some of Ohio's great High School XC runners. This year the meet is dedicated to John Zishka and Katie Sabino Dugan.

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John Zishka - Lancaster High School (1980)

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Katie Sabino Dugan - Woodridge High School (1997)

Here's a preview and virtual look at this year's varsity races.

High School Boys Large Division

Dan Cohen of Solon, OH #6, has the fastest time in the High School Boys Large Division.

Jr. Dan Cohen of Solon is ranked OH #6. Brunswick Jr. Andre Bollam-godbott is ranked OH #8. The D3 Maplewood boys are runningin the large school division. Sr. Tristan Dahmen, the defending State D3 champion was 2nd last year and holds an OH #9 ranking. His teammate, Sr. Allen Sparks was 7th last year and is ranked OH #20. Cohen, Bollam-godbott and Dahmen are the three to watch as they have all gone under 15:30 this season.

On the team side, D3 Maplewood is the defending champion and have a D3 #1 State ranking and they have a home course advantage. D1 Solon however, is ranked #4 and just may be too strong for Maplewood in the 3, 4 and 5 spots.

1Danny Cohen11Solon15:21.901
2Andre Bollam-godbott11Brunswick15:25.922
3Tristan Dahmen12Maplewood15:28.383
4Allen Sparks12Maplewood15:38.644
5Joe Riordan11Solon15:42.105
6Chase Kern12Canfield15:46.906
7Oscar Rodriguez12St. Edward15:58.207
8Justin Moore12Shaker Heights16:02.118
9Matt Rozic12Austintown Fitch16:06.399
10Charlie Swartz12Rocky River16:19.110
3Austintown Fitch1021020232425--
5St. Edward143816313850--

High School Girls Large Division

Fr. Felicia Pasadyn of Brunswick comes in to the Legends meet with the fastest time of the High School Girls Large Division.

Solon Sr. Louiza Wize is the defending champion and Brunswick Jr. Rebecca Craddock ran 2nd last year. This year however, they will have to contend with a pair of freshman. Fr. Felicia Pasadyn of Brunswick who is the #1 ranked freshman girl in Ohio and is ranked freshman US #10. She has gone under 18:00. Olivia Howell of Solon is the other freshman and she comes in with an 18:21.70 and a #3 Ohio freshman ranking.

The team race should be competitive, but Brunswick, the defending champion with the potential for three in the top 5 tomorrow should defend their championship. The race for the #2 and #3 and 4 spots should be very close between Solon and Shaker Heights.

1Felicia Pasadyn9Brunswick17:58.831
2Olivia Howell9Solon18:21.702
3Vanessa Pasadyn12Brunswick18:30.683
4Rebecca Craddock11Brunswick18:31.614
5Louiza Wise12Solon18:43.305
6Mimi Reimers11Shaker Heights18:53.96
7Hailey Erikkla10Solon19:02.307
8Sophie Carrier10Shaker Heights19:26.408
9Jenna Scott12Brunswick19:47.939
10Alexa Jankowsky10Shaker Heights19:53.410
2Shaker Heights5068101214--
4Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin1752227284850--

High School Girls Small Division

St. Thomas Aquinas Sr. Athena Welsh is the defending D3 state champion and is ranked D3 #2 at this time. She is the defending meet champion.

This could be the individual an team race of the day. Four of the top five finishers and number 10 from last year all return. St. Thomas Aquinas Sr. Athena Welsh is the defending D3 state champion and is ranked D3 #2 at this time. She is the defending meet champion. Sr. Rachel Iacofano of SVSM was runner-up last year. She is ranked D2 #8. Jr. Kalee Soehnlen of St. Thomas Aquinas was 3rd lat year and is ranked D3 #10. Sr. Hanna Markel of Gilmour was 5th last year. So. Malina Mitchell of McDonald was 10th last year.

SVSM (D2 #6) is the defending team champion but they will be challenged by Gilmour (D2 #5). In the virtual meet, Gilmour's 3, 4 & 5 runners have faster times this year and Gilmour wins. don't count out the D3 teams however. D3 #2 St.Thomas Aquinas and D3 #3 McDonalds should make it interesting. Should be fun to watch.

1Athena Welsh12St. Thomas Aquinas18:24.201
2Rachel Iacofano12St. Vincent-St. Mary18:43.572
3Kalee Soehnlen11St. Thomas Aquinas18:50.303
4Hannah Markel12Gilmour Academy18:54.204
5Zoe Krischer--Western Reserve Academy-Hudson18:58.905
6Nina Zraik9St. Vincent-St. Mary19:04.216
7Malina Mitchell10McDonald19:10.207
8Katie Engle9Gilmour Academy19:27.308
9Gabriela Iademarco11Gilmour Academy19:30.409
10Sarah Holzman11Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy19:39.710
1Gilmour Academy504891316--
2St. Vincent-St. Mary6426112223--
3St. Thomas Aquinas10513154145--
4Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy1221014202652--

High School Boys Small Division

Daniel Loomis of McDonald heads the Boys Small Division field coming into the Legends meet with a 16:20.20.

Sr. Owen Reeher of Badger is the defending champion but he comes into this years comeptition with the #5 time. Girard So. Derek Basinger was 9th last year and comes in with the 7th fastest time. Four runners come in with times under 16:30. Sr. Brian Heller of SVSM and Sr. Clark Bookman of Field come in with 16:28.69 and 16:28.90. McDonald Sr. Daniel Loomis of McDonald heads the field with a 16:20.20 and just behind him is SVSM Fr. Alex Phillips with a 16:20.63.

The boy's team race features D2 #7 SVSM. Based upon times this year however, they have the potential to have four runners in the top 10 and should dominate. D3 #5 McDonald and Gilmour are only four points apart in a virtual meet. Second is up for grabs.

Note: Did not include Maplewood as I could not parse athletes as they are also running in the Boys large Division.

1Daniel Loomis12McDonald16:20.201
2Alex Phillips9St. Vincent-St. Mary16:20.632
3Brian Heller12St. Vincent-St. Mary16:28.693
4Clark Bookman12Field16:28.94
5Owen Reeher12Badger16:36.305
6Matthew Sollenberger9St. Vincent-St. Mary16:48.916
7Derek Basinger11Girard16:51.907
8Tyler Clark9Gilmour Academy16:52.808
9Lucas Garland12McDonald16:55.809
10Kenny Wallace11Mathews16:56--
1St. Vincent-St. Mary342361013--
3Gilmour Academy94814192429--

Read the bios of John Zishka and Katie Sabino Dugan

The Legends Meet - Info