Falcons Take Cross-Country Title(s)!

Long-Distance Champs
Posted on 10/11/2018
Image of Cross-Country Championship(Michael Beaven for Ohio.com/Akron Beacon Journal)

Firestone continued its dominance over City Series rivals in cross country on Wednesday at the annual championship meet at Goodyear Heights Metro Park.

The Falcons extended team title streaks, and the top individual runners over the 3.1-mile course, were also dressed in green and gold.

Firestone junior Anthony Gorsuch won the boys race in a time of 17:45, and Falcons senior Carly Justice was victorious in the girls race in 21:38.

“Both teams are young with a lot of freshmen coming up,” Gorsuch said. “Myself and [sophomore] Clay Peets are coming back next year, so it is promising. We are going to be here for a while.”

Peets finished second and junior Martin Whitley was third for the Firestone boys team, which scored 19 points en route to its 16th consecutive league title and 17th in 18 seasons.

Ellet (59 points) and Buchtel (102) were second and third on the boys side.

The Falcons placed seven other boys in the top 13: Avery Thomas (sixth), Zach Strub (seventh), Luke Shaheen (eighth), Tim Gittins (ninth), Kouta Tabata (11th), Brendan Chapman-Thomas (12th) and Ian Huber (13th).

“This was a pretty solid performance by the boys,” Firestone coach Tim Carroll said. “Anthony did a nice job, and Clay has been running well this year. Martin was solid back there in third, and then we had Avery and Zach after that.”

Ellet’s Davon Walker and East’s Emanual Rogers were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the boys race, and Buchtel’s Qiaden Marks was 10th.

The Firestone girls team also finished with 19 points and won its fifth league title in a row.

The Falcons had 11 other girls in the top 13: Lauren Toth (third), Rebka Lile (fourth), Reilly Dorn (fifth), Lezah Miller (sixth), Ellie Davis (seventh), Emily Sanderson (eighth), Linae Varner (ninth), Lauren Wayt (10th), Grace Moritz (11th), Megan Beitko (12th) and Alexa Burkholder (13th).

“The girls ran great,” Carroll said. “Heaven Perry from North finished second and really challenged Carly, who did a nice job getting first. Carly came out, looked great and ran a race with a solid time. I am happy for her being a senior that she could get the win. The girls after that also ran very well taking 3 through 13.”

Buchtel (59) and North (64) were second and third on the girls side.

“We trained really hard over the summer,” Justice said. “We all just bonded as a team really well. We had cross-country camp, and we have had a really good team atmosphere all season.”

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