Heading into the Suburban League Super Duals, Nordonia cross country coach Mike Martin said Hudson would be the favorite, but the margin between the rest of the National Conference team could be razor thin.
The results Saturday from Silver Creek Metro Park in Norton show the veteran Knights’ coach was spot on.
With much of its lineup back, the Nordonia boys finished 5-2 against Nation Conference foes at the duals to take third place. Hudson’s boys went 7-0.
With the exception of the Hudson dual, every one of Nordonia’s results was very close. The Knight boys beat North Royalton 22-34, beat Twinsburg 24-33, beat Cuyahoga Falls 25-30 and edged Stow-Munroe Falls and Wadsworth by a single point 27-28. Nordonia lost to Hudson 16-37 and lost to Brecksville-Broadview Heights 25-31,
Meanwhile, the Nordonia girls finished 3-4 at the duals. Again, Hudson went 7-0 to take the title.
The Knights girls edged Brecksville 27-28, beat Stow-Munroe Falls 23-36 and beat Cuyahoga Falls 24-35, while losing 19-40 to Wadsworth, 23-32 to North Royalton, 21-34 to Twinsburg and 17-46 to Hudson.
In the boys race, junior Jayden Wimbush got back in the lineup and led the Knights by placing 10th in 17:08, while senior Tyler Mosher finished 25th in 17:45.
Junior Jeff Sajovie finished 40th in 18:06 and senior Nick Orzechowski was 44th in 18:15, while sophomore Louis Hover finished 60th in 18:40 to round out the scoring runs.
Nordonia also had senior Matt Korodi (68th, 18:51) and sophomore Nathan Lahrmer 19:30 run the varsity race.
The girls race saw sophomore Autumn Westbrooks lead the Knights, as she finished 13th in 20:49.
Senior Abby Rice finished 41st in 22:18, while seniors Ava Gravino and Kayla Vasharhelyi came in together as both finished in 22:31. Senior Kately Kinch rounded out the scoring runs, taking 60th place in 22:54.
Sophomore Mikayla Bell (63rd, 23:01) and senior Hannah Hover (74th, 23:24) also ran in the varsity race.
Up next for Nordonia is the Jackson Invitational at Massillon Jackson Middle School next Saturday at 12:30 p.m.