Despite being a bit short-handed due to ACT Testing and health reasons, the Twinsburg cross country program produced some impressive marks at the 28th annual Bruce Lerch Brecksville Invitational.
Both Twinsburg teams fared well against a solid field in the Sept. 8 race.
"At Brecksville both teams were short-handed," said head coach Sarah Kmet. "We were without some key runners due to ACT testing or because I held them out for rest and precautionary reasons."
The Tiger boys excelled at the meet as they placed fourth out of 14 schools and were 14 points out of third place. State Division II power Woodridge won the team crown 35-54 over strong Twinsburg league rival Brecksville.
Brunswick took third with 97 points as Twinsburg had 110, placing in front of league foe North Royalton (136) and Mayfield (190).
Senior standout Ryan Adkins posted an impressive runner-up finish for the boys squad as he was clocked at 16 minutes, and 20.7 seconds.
The Lady Tigers placed a solid fifth overall out of 16 teams at Brecksville, just 15 points out of third place.
"Our girls still finished fifth, a solid effort," said Kmet.
After going 0-7 at the recent Suburban League Super Duals, the Twinsburg boys made quite a turnaround.
"The boys were 4th — a much better team effort than last weekend," explained Kmet. "Still being careful with (freshman standout) Aiden Cain and keeping him out, but his return is imminent and will make a big difference."
"Ryan Adkins finished second overall and Mitchell Suder was 11th overall to lead the boys," said the mentor.
Suder, a junior, ran 11th overall with a race of 17:44.6.
"I was most impressed that almost across the board, the team was much faster this year than last at this meet," said Kmet. "This year the temperatures were ideal, but the course was soft, so I did not expect that big of an improvement."
For the boys, senior Carson Albright and junior Darren Robinson stepped up to place 32nd and 33rd, respectively, in the solid field of runners. Albright crossed in 18:31.6 and Robinson, 18:32.5.
Also contributing in a big way was sophomore Brian Nesic, who was 38th overall in 18:37.2, plus the junior duo of Christian Harsa (18:53.7) and Will Corbin (18:54.1), who were 44th and 45th, respectively.
Other top finishers for the Tigers were junior Ethan Golnick (69th in 19:43.9) and senior Arty Jindra (77th, 19:55.2)
The Twinsburg girls' fifth-place effort saw a good field that was led by Brunswick (43), North Royalton (77), Mayfield (92), Brecksville (98), and Twinsburg (106).
Twinsburg finished ahead of Division state power Woodridge (114) and Westlake.
"Once again, Alyssa Deeds and Rebecca Mold led the ladies at the top end of the race," offered Kmet.
Deeds, a talented junior along with Mold, led the team with a time of 20:15.9, which was fifth overall.
Mold ran 10th with a clocking of 20:50.2 for the Lady Tigers.
Junior April Dale raced to a 29th-place finish, just in front of sophomore teammate Katie Vasiliauskas. Dale's time was 22:08.3 and Vasiliauskas crossed in 22:09.1.
Annabelle Dolney finished 32nd overall with a time of 22:21.6 while freshman Ava Turner was 46th in 23:17.8, and freshman Jessica Abrams was 56th in 23:52.3 to cap the team's scorers.
Freshman Bella Genovese also ran 57th with a time of 23:53.6 and freshman Isabel Dickson was 60th in 24:03.
"I am really encouraged by both teams' performances this weekend and am looking forward to getting both groups back to full strength soon," said Kmet.
In upcoming action, the Tigers compete at the 33rd annual Boardman Spartan Invitational Sept. 15 and at the Strongsville Vertical Runner Invitational Sept. 22.