As Cuyahoga Falls head girls cross country coach Dan Scourfield watched the race, he saw his top runner sprinting along.

Not far behind, he could see two other Lady Black Tigers running close together and one other Falls' runner in the vicinity.

Such sights were music to Scourfield's ears.

As a result of this effective pack running, Falls placed second with 110 points at the JB Firestone Invitational Sept. 24 at Black River High School.

Burton Berkshire won the competition with 73 points and Ashland took third with 116 points.

Oberlin's Asta Rustad finished first out of 173 runners with a time of 18 minutes, 45.5 seconds.

Senior Emily Zimmerman led the Lady Black Tigers with a 13th-place clocking of 20:55.

Teammate Kayla Huffman, a junior, was next for Falls with an 18th-place time of 21:17.8 and freshman Chelsea Huffman finished 21st (21:24.6).

Rounding out the top five for the Lady Black Tigers were sophomore Anna Johnston (27th, 21:58.8) and sophomore Melody Lewis (41st, 22:27.7).

"I was happy with the way the girls competed as a team," Scourfield said. "That was kind of our goal. We wanted to go out and compete as a group. They wanted to stayed together in a pack as best as they could and I thought they did a pretty good job."

Also running in the varsity race for Falls were sophomore Valerie Deighton (45th, 22:34) and freshman Meredith Gallagher (51st), who broke 22 minutes for the first time (22:54.4).

"It's always fun to go from one-minute barrier to another," Scourfield said.

Scourfield also was pleased with the performance of freshman Kearan Barnett, who placed 81st in 24:21.7.

"Kearan went from the mid 26s to the mid 24s," he said. "That was really nice to see."

Kayla and Chelsea Huffman, Zimmerman, Johnston and Deighton were scheduled to run at the Paul Primeau Invitational Sept. 30 at Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills.

The rest of the team was set to run at the Columbiana Clipper Invitational Oct. 1. Results of those competitions were not available at press time.

Falls is scheduled to run at the Andrews Osborne Invitational Oct. 8 in Willoughby Hills.

"We just want to be prepared mentally and sharpen things up physically, so we can get ready for conference," Scourfield said.


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