Weekend Wrap Up: Edmonds Upsets Roys; Gillespie Posts Top Time in US; Centerville Takes Team Title

Tiffin Carnival

Results / Pictures from the DI Boys Varsity Races

Boys Division I

Centerville went to Tiffin to prove that they could have early season success against some of the state's best teams, and they certainly proved that.  Many people know that both Shawn Roberts and Eric Schmidt are impressive high school runners, and while these two finished in the top ten at Tiffin, the most impressive races for Centerville were turned in by their third and fourth runners. Centerville's  third runner, Matt Montavon (pictured above, left) , finished ahead of all but three team's second finisher, while their fourth runner, Logan Wright, finished ahead of all but six team's third finisher.  Mentor may have had all five runners cross the line first, but because of Montavon and Wright's impressive finish Centerville was able to hold off Mentor 140-151. 

Centerville Coach Jimmy Weckesser summed up his team's performance at Tiffin when he declard the win "the biggest victory in Centerville Cross Country history."  Coach Weckesser will be looking to rewrite the Centerville Cross Country history books once again this year as he prepares his team for the State Meet, a meet that could be bigger than Tiffin for Centerville.

In the individual race, senior Stuart Edmonds (pictured above, right) of Twinsburg beat defending State Champion Donny Roys (pictured above, middle) of Medina by two seconds.  Edmonds was able to hit another gear to finish the race.  Roys seemed unable to respond to the sudden surge by Edmonds. 

Girls Division I

Magnificat was simply sensational, placing their scorers all in the top 25.  Magnificat really showed why they deserved to be the top ranked team in the state by having their fifth runner finish ahead of every team's third finisher, and ahead of most team's second finisher.  Magnificat ran away with the team title, beating second ranked North Canton Hoover 77-153.

North Royalton sophomore Hannah Neczypor made a name for herself last year by winning her district, finishing second at her region, and coming in 15th at the 2007 State Meet in Cross Country and by finishing third in the 3200m at last June's State Meet for Track and Field, so everyone knows that she is good.  But what people didn't know is that she is this good so early in the season.  At Tiffin Neczypor dropped about 45 seconds off of her PR (according to results available to OHRunners/MileSplit).  Tiffin may be a fast course, but it's not 45 seconds fast!  Hannah easily won the race finishing ahead of runner up senior Tori Brink from Hilliard Davidson.

Division II

On the boys team side, Tippecanoe had an impressive race which should help them continue to be ranked number one in the state.  Tippecanoe was able to beat CVCA, 151-185.  Tippecanoe and CVCA were pretty close to each other through the first four finisher for each team, but Tipp's fifth runner, senior Matt Zuzolo was able to seal the deal and the team title by finishing about 13 seconds and twenty some places ahead of CVCA's fifth runner.

The top three individuals were all seniors, with Jarrod Eick of Marlington taking home the gold in a time of 15:25.76, just two seconds ahead of Kyle Sullinger of CVCA.  Jason Salyer of Tippecanoe was third in a time of 15:42.01

On the girls side, senior Katie Gillespie of CVCA was able to finish in a state leading time of 17:33.17 while cruising to take home the individual title.  This time is not only state leading, but according ro results that the MileSplit network has been able to compile, Gillespie's time also leads the nation for girls 5k races.  Sophomore Brittany Stockmaster of Seneca East finished runner up in a time of 18:27.98.

The team title finish was similar to the individual finish.  CVCA easily rolled to a 54-109 victory over Seneca East (the second ranked Division III team).  Both teams had impressive showings, CVCA was able to place their five scores in the top 30 finishers, while Seneca East was able to place their five scorers all in the top 45 finishers.

Division III

When you have two girls that can run sub 19 at a big meet, your team has a strong chance to win any meet.  Minster was able to go 1-2 with senior Lei Bornhorst just edging out her junior teamate, Jessica Albers, 18:58.23 to 18:58.51.  The third ranked Minster girls handed top ranked Versailles their first loss of the season, beating Versailles by an impressive 33 points.  Versailles scored 93 points to Minster's 60.

Division III Boys Recap

By Steve Statman
OHRunners Boys DIII Correspondent

Every Saturday, local cross country teams will stomp some sod to determine neighborhood swank and swagger.  However, this past weekend, teams from every corner of the state headed to Hedge Boyer Park in Tiffin to establish an early season indication of who’s the very best in Ohio.


Many thought Seth Butler (Jr. Findlay Liberty Benton) would use his fantastic 1:52 half mile speed to sit on and out kick any runner who dared take the lead.  Alas, it was Butler himself that dared any runner to take the commanders position from him.  Sophomore Collin Cotton of Cincinnati Summit Country Day accepted the challenge and the two cruised to an early first mile split of 4:58, outdistancing a small pack of chasers (Gabe Henning, Lance Wood, and Ryan Green).  The leaders came through two miles in 10:26 and kept about an eight second lead on the first pursuit pack.  Bellaire Saint John’s Sam Foster jointed the chase and began to pull away along with Henning of East Canton.  In the end, Seth Butler used the same sprint finish that he displayed last week at the Columbus Grove Invitational (out lasting Jim Heider of Lima Central) to win in 16:03.  Runner up went to Cotton in 16:05.  Sam Foster came from the middle of the pack to secure 3rd in 16:11.  Henning kept his 4th position with a time of 16:17, while Ryan Green of Bloomdale Elmwood edged Lance Wood of Toledo Christian finishing in 16:27 and 16:28 respectfully.


The team race pitted schools from all four corners of the state; Delta (NW), East Canton (NE), Russia (SW) and Bellaire Saint John (SE).  With each team having impressive showings in their respective quadrants, many questioned who would emerge as an early state favorite.  The Russia Raiders had a top ten finisher in Luke Pohlman (9th 16:31) and were able to pack up runners 2-5 (+/- 4 seconds 17:22).  This fantastic display and impressive score of 179 points was not able to overcome a dominating performance set by the Irish of Bellaire Saint John Central.  Led by Foster and finishes of 11th, 19th and 34th (Holubeck 16:43, Moscato 16:56, and Swartz 17:16), BSJ was able to put their 4th runner in front of Russia’s 2nd and scored a lowly 134 points. The Irish look in control of status of the State’s finest small school team, with the only kink in their amour being a slight gap from their 4-5 runners.  The Hornets of East Canton, finished a solid 3rd place (203 points), with Delta finishing a somewhat distant 4th (240 points).


Bellaire Saint John and East Canton will travel to Boardman next week and toe the line with #1 ranked McDonald, #4 ranked Saint Thomas Aquinas, and #5 ranked Maplewood.