They have been running side by side throughout the season.
Sometimes, one of them pulls ahead and other times, the other moves in front.
Whether one reaches the finish line faster than the other isn’t an issue for the Tallmadge girls cross country team.
That’s because the Blue Devils have a rather nice luxury most teams would love to have.
They have both Ravyn Edge and Kenna Loveless on their side.
The two juniors advanced to the Division II state cross country meet after their performances during the regional competition last Saturday.
This time, Edge was slightly faster than her classmate. Edge took fifth, while Loveless finished right behind her in sixth.
The two standout juniors, who also reached the ultimate stage last year, are scheduled to run at the state meet Nov. 10 at National Trail Raceway in Hebron. The Division II girls’ race is set to begin at 2:15 p.m.
Edge and Loveless highlighted stellar seasons for both the Tallmadge girls and boys cross country squads. Both teams advanced to the regional competition and the boys were ranked in the top 20 in the Division II rankings earlier in the season.
Once again, other Blue Devils shined during the fall season, too.
As it has been the case for what seems like forever, it was another stellar season for the Tallmadge volleyball team.
Featuring a senior and a plethora of underclassmen, the Blue Devils reached a district final for the second consecutive year.
Tallmadge finished 19-6, including an impressive 10-2 record in the Suburban League American Conference.
I have a hunch the Blue Devils could have done even better if another team, well, made its home in another county or perhaps, state.
Three of those losses took place against conference rival Revere, including the district final.
When I covered the Tallmadge girls golf team several years ago, saying the Blue Devils barely had a pulse might have been kind to say.
How much did they struggle?
Let’s just say their 18-hole scores usually started with the number "6" and their nine-hole matches were flooded with triple-digit scores.
Not any more.
The Blue Devils finished 7-6 and earned their first two American Conference victories since the Suburban League became a 15-team, two-conference format in 2015.
To top it all off, junior Lizzie Bickar qualified for Division I district play. That was quite a feat considering Tallmadge played against much bigger schools during postseason play.
The boys’ team also had a solid season on the links. The Blue Devils finished 6-4 and sophomore Darin Hudak advanced to Division I district play.
The Tallmadge boys soccer team had another winning season with a 8-7-1 record. The Blue Devils couldn’t duplicate their postseason success from last year when they reached a district final.
But that was mainly because, unlike last year, they had to go through the gauntlet known as the Kent district.
Tallmadge’s season ended with a 3-0 loss to Revere, which is in the Elite Eight in Division II.
The Tallmadge girls soccer team, which lost several players, including its top two scorers from last year, finished a respectable 7-9-1 considering the circumstances. The Blue Devils also got a sectional victory before bowing out to Alliance Marlington.
And last but not least, I want to give a shout out to the Tallmadge football team.
Yes, the Blue Devils took a step backward compared to last year’s eight-win, playoff team.
However, if you consider the fact Tallmadge had barely more than 30 players on its roster during the final stretch of the season, 5-5 sounds pretty darn good.
And to top it all off, the senior class ended their careers with a victory after defeating Revere in the final high school football game at Thomas Rossiaky Stadium.
Congratulations to all of the Blue Devils for their accomplishments during the fall.
As they say around the 44278 zip code, "Go Big Blue!"
Reporter Frank Aceto can be reached at 330-541-9444, firstname.lastname@example.org or @FrankAceto_RPC.