As usual, juniors Kenna Loveless and Ravyn Edge were the Tallmadge girls cross country team’s top two finishers Saturday in the 21-team Division II race at the Galion Cross Country Festival Saturday at Amann’s Reservoir Park.
Loveless led the Blue Devils with a seventh-place time of 20 minutes, 3.3 seconds. Edge was next for Tallmadge in 18th place with a clocking of 20:51.
Lexington sophomore Joanna Halfhill placed first out of 144 runners with a time of 19:03.5.
"Kenna and Ravyn both had great starts," Blue Devils head coach Jeremy Huth said. "I was very pleased with how aggressive both of them were.
"They were both in the lead pack almost a mile into the race. From that point on, the girl from Lexington definitely started pushing the pace.
"Kenna just withstood and tried to hold on. She had a solid race. She beat some girls from Dover who she didn’t beat the week before.
"Ravyn tried to hold on as long as she could. She dropped off a little bit. I don’t know if it was pace or if she was still getting over an illness she had from the week before."
Overall, Tallmadge finished sixth with 176 points. Lexington won the competition with 67 points and Ontario (89) and Dover (121) finished second and third, respectively.
"We could’ve finished in the top four, but that’s going to take five girls running extremely well," Huth said. "I think the heat played a factor. It was about 85 degrees."
Rounding out the top five for the Blue Devils were freshman Kelsey Barker (44th, 22:34.3), senior Ashleigh Hughes (45th, 22:38.1) and sophomore Emma Ryder (66th, 23:31.5).
"Ashleigh probably had the best race out of that group," Huth said. "She was very strong and consistent throughout the race. She was working hard the entire time, and she had a good finish."
Freshman Katrina Hunt finished fourth in the open Division II-III race with a time of 21:52.6.
"Katrina put up a phenomenal time," Huth said. "She would’ve been our third-place girl in the varsity race."