Looking to make an imprint on league action this fall, the Woodridge cross country program competed at the Portage Trail Conference Super Duals.
Head coach Jeff Howard saw his boys and girls squads put up some solid times at the PTC Super Duals Tuesday at Mogadore's Wingfoot Lake Park.
Ranked third in Ohio in Division II, the Woodridge boys defended their 2017 Super Duals title in impressive fashion.
Meanwhile, the 11th-ranked Woodridge girls faced state-ranked Lodi Cloverleaf. Last year, the Colts edged Woodridge by five points.
This time, the Lady Bulldogs were edged by Cloverleaf by a single point, 52-53.
For the boys, Woodridge dominated the competition with four runners in the top six spots and six in the top 10.
The Bulldogs won with 25 points while Garrettsville Garfield was a distant second (122 points), followed by Rootstown and Lodi Cloverleaf at 125.
"The boys ran away from the field," said a pleased Howard. "We finished 12-0 (in dual scores) behind top ten finishes from Micah Blair, Ryan Champa, Riley Galehouse, Sam Dutt, Zayd Elkurd, and Nedal Elkurd."
Last year's PTC Super Duals runner-up, Tyler Klouda (Garfield) won this year's individual title in 16 minutes, 32.16 seconds to edge Blair, the Woodridge junior standout.
Blair improved by over 40 seconds to garner runner-up honors with a time of 16:39.48.
Just a sophomore, Champa improved on his 2017 time by 43 seconds to run third with a strong time of 17:01.10.
Galehouse also bested his 2017 mark by 43 ticks as the junior crossed in 17:27.46 to nip Dutt, a junior teammate. Dutt's time was 17:29.22.
A remarkable improvement was shown by Zayd Elkurd, who has nearly a 2-minute faster time. A sophomore, Zayd Elkurd ran ninth in 17:52.19, just in front of senior brother, Nedal Elkurd.
Nedal Elkurd was 10th with a 35-second improvement at 17:57.02.
Also scoring for the Bulldogs was sophomore Andrew Lauck, who was 13th in 18:05.59.
"Brayden Whited, Caden Hibbs, Jacob Looman, and Jason Thompson also had standout performances," noted Howard.
In addition, senior Ryan Kiley finished 14th with a time of 18:06.56, senior Andy Muha was 19th in 18:15.73, followed by sophomore Ryan Lauck, who ran 22nd in 18:30.24, and junior Marvin Montgomery, who was 26th in 18:40.63.
Whited, a senior, placed 28th overall with a super time of 18:45.26.
Another experienced senior, Greg Muha, placed 34th in 19:00.95 while placing 36th and 37th, respectively, was junior Reece Mercer (19:06.70) and senior Christian Jenkins (19:08.31).
A sophomore, Hibbs was timed at 19:16.12 to place 42nd overall.
For the girls, Cloverleaf won by placing three runners in the top five spots. The Lady Bulldogs had five athletes in the top 14.
"In order to win the conference championship, the girls will need to win in October," said Howard, alluding to the league meet at Randolph Fairgrounds.
"Rose Sterling and Leah Stanfield had outstanding performances as they joined Jenna Kaiser, Anastasia Bakuhn, and Sarah Frederick in the top 15 of the even," said the coach.
Kaiser led Woodridge by placing ninth overall with a time of 21:47.68.
Running 10th, Bakuhn was timed at 21:53.70 and is just a sophomore.
Improving by over 26 seconds from last fall, Frederick was next in 11th place with a clocking of 21:54.15.
Sterling improved by nearly two full minutes as the junior was 13th with a time of 21:57.02.
In addition, Stanfield improved by over one minute, crossing 15th overall in 21:59.85.
Sophomores Anna Wojcik (22:55.72) and Elise Carey (23:20.5) were next, 30th and 36th, respectively, as scorers for Woodridge.
Prior to the Duals Woodridge competed well at the 28th annual Bruce Lerch Brecksville Invitational Sept. 8.
The Bulldog boys won the 17-team crown with four runners in the top six slots and seven athletes in the top 21.
Howard saw his troops win over Division I schools like Brecksville (54), Brunswick (97), and Twinsburg (110).
With a strong time of 16:16.1, Blair captured the individual title over Twinsburg state qualifier Ryan Adkins (16:20.7) and Brecksville's Jack Barchet (16:34.2).
Woodridge had a potent trio place next as Galehouse, Champa and Sam Dutt finished fourth, fifth, and sixth at Brecksville.
Galehouse had a time of 17:06.1 while Champa was at 17:07, and Dutt crossed in 17:08.4.
Andy Muha raced to a 19th-place finish with a clocking of 17:57.2 as Woodridge had the next four finishers after Muha.
Also scoring for the Bulldogs was Zayd Elkurd (20th in 17:57.8) and Aaron Dutt (21st in 18:05.1).
Running 22nd and 23rd overall, respectively, were Kiley and Andrew Lauck. Kiley's time was 18:05.5 and Lauck crossed in 18:11.8.
In a strong girls' field at Brecksville, Woodridge placed sixth out of 16 teams.
Leading the Lady Bulldogs was freshman Izzy Best, who took eighth place with a time of 20:45.
Kaiser ran 15th with a clocking of 21:36.7 while Bakuhn was 19th in 21:43.3. Sterling finished 33rd in 22:22.1.
Closing out the scoring for Woodridge was Wojcik, who was 39th (23:03), Stanfield ran 40th (23:04.9), and Willett was 48th (23:21.4).
In open race competition, the boys ran 1-2-3 with senior Nedal Elkurd (17:50), Montgomery (18:05.7), and Ryan Lauck (18:05.9).
Pacing the girls in the open race were Carey (23:46.9), Kleinhenz (23:49.3), and Duve (23:52.1).
Woodridge was set to compete at the 33rd annual Boardman Spartan Invitational Saturday.
The Bulldogs will run at the Saturday Night Lights meet in Centerville Sept. 22.