The Aurora girls cross country team decided to rest some of its top runners at the Woodridge Cuyahoga Valley National Park Invitational Saturday at Kendall Hills.
As a result, other less heralded athletes got a chance to shine.
The Greenmen finished eighth with 257 points at the 17-team CVNP Invitational in Peninsula. Fort Laramie won the competition with 56 points and Poland Seminary (74) and Woodridge (89) took second and third, respectively.
Madeline Schmitt led Aurora with a 34th-place clocking of 23 minutes, 40.1 seconds.
Rounding out the top five for the Greenmen were Elizabeth Evans (55th, 24:28.1), Dylynn Lasky (57th, 24:41.1), Abigail Baker (59th, 24:46.4) and Elizabeth Barto (74th, 25:27.6). A total of 145 runners competed.
The Aurora boys, who also rested their top runners, placed 18th out of 28 teams with 474 points.
Woodridge easily won the competition with 45 points and Brecksville-Broadview Heights (110) and Hudson (131) captured second and third, respectively.
Jack Deptola led led the Greenmen with a 68th-place clocking of 19:55.6.
Also contributing to the team scoring for Aurora were Justin Hartland (74th, 19:58.8), Michael Stoycos (113th, 20:49.2), Ethan Krupinski (130th, 21:05.3) and Luke Calder (142nd, 21:20.4).
At total of 230 runners competed.