League action is underway for the Twinsburg cross country teams.
Twinsburg opened up at the Suburban League Super Duals at Silvercreek Metro Park in Norton Saturday.
The girls squad has hopes of surprising some teams this fall, but faces the brutal National Conference in the SL.
At the Super Duals, Twinsburg went 5-2 in girls' action to finish behind powers like Hudson (7-0) and Wadsworth (6-1). The Tigers placed ahead of North Royalton (4-3) and Nordonia (3-4).
Head coach Sarah Kmet saw the youthful Tiger boys have some solid races, led by standout senior veteran Ryan Adkins.
Adkins ran third overall in the meet, which included both divisions.
The lone runners who beat Adkins were from defending state champion Hudson.
With a time of 16 minutes, 28 seconds, Adkins ran third behind runner-up Evan Manley (16:23) and champion Adam Beucler (16:16).
In the overall results, Adkins placed ahead of talented seniors from Medina Highland (Vince Manning, fourth at 16:36) and Hudson (state qualifier Jacob Russo, fifth in 16:39).
Pacing the girls in the overall results in Norton was juniors Alyssa Deeds and Rebecca Mold.
Deeds raced to ninth-place finish by registering a time of 20:38.
Crossing in 20:44, Mold ran 11th overall.
"They both ran well," said Kmet, alluding to Deeds and Mold.
Twinsburg's lone senior runner in the meet was Angela DeFabio, who finished 26th overall with a clocking of 21:31.
Sophomore Katie Vasiliauskas placed 38th in 21:58, followed by juniors April Dale 55th in 22:53 and Annabelle Dolney, who was 72nd in 23:39.
"Our overall finish was good, but I expected a little bit more from the ladies," explained Kmet. "We have some work to do."
Bella Genovese ran in her first varsity league race as the freshman was 88th in 23:50.
In boys action, Hudson went 7-0 in the super duals and dominated the action. Twinsburg was competitive, but did not post any team wins. Brecksville went 6-1 and Nordonia 5-2.
"The boys had a really tough day," offered Kmet. "We struggled and have to get better. I know the potential is there."
Supporting Adkins was junior Mitchell Suder, who finished 36th overall with a clocking of 18:01 for the Tigers.
Finishing next for the Tigers was senior Carson Albright, who crossed in 18:27, which was good for 53rd place overall.
Senior Junior Darren Robinson was next for Twinsburg as he was 74th in 19:04.
Robinson was followed by sophomore Brain Nesic, who was 75th in 19:05, junior Will Corbin was 76th in 19:06, junior Ethan Golnick was 86th in 19:40, junior Christian Harsa was 103rd in 19:40, and senior Arty Jindra, who ran 123rd in 20:53.
"Corbin was a bright spot — he is really running well and learning fast," noted Kmet.
Kmet sat freshman standout Aiden Cain as a precautionary measure.
"Cain had some lingering soreness and I'd rather be safe," she explained. "Aiden has a legitimate shot at qualifying for states."