STOW — Aaron Morris has been meet manager at the Stow Bulldog Invitational. Even with a tweak to the course this season, he knows the course at Silver Creek Metro Park is usually fast.
However, after rain pelted Silver Creek for two days prior to Saturday’s meet, the course became a skating rink in places due to the mud.
Given those conditions — and the level of competition at the invitational — both Morris and boys coach JK Leseure were happy with their team’s performance.
The Stow boys finished fourth at the invitational with 112 points. The Bulldogs finished behind state powers Hudson (20 points), St. Ignatius (57) and Woodridge (65).
On the girls side, Morris saw the Bulldogs take seventh place with 117 points. Hudson won the girls title with 43 points.
The mud ensured times would be nowhere close to the previous two weeks for Stow, but the Bulldog boys continued to run well as a pack, with only 52 seconds between the top five runners.
Senior Cole Shawala continued his run as Stow’s top runner, taking 15th in the 17:18.3, while Patrick Bunnell also broke into the top 20, taking 19th place in 17:35.35.
Senior Jason Anzaldi (23rd, 17:43.73) and Seth Macura (24th, 17:44.61) came in together, while Matt Duffy continued his return, taking 35th place in 18:10.72 to round out the scoring runs.
Little brother Zach Duffy wasn’t far behind, taking 43rd in 18:16.52, while Henry Brosch took 55th place in 18:35.29.
Speaking of siblings, the gap between the Cassiday sisters continues to close for the Bulldogs.
Senior Mackenzie Cassiday once again led the Bulldgos, taking 10th place in 20:33.95. Freshman Kendra Cassiday was just a few strides behind, taking 13th place in 20:40.87.
Madison Hedrick (42nd, 22:20.78) and Andrea Perotta (44th, 22:23.56) also came in together, while Abi Kuhns (58th, 22:54.62) rounded out the scoring runs.
Caitlyn O’Brien (68th, 23:17.76) and Bailey Dillow (72nd, 23:39.85) also ran varsity for Stow.
The Bulldogs will compete in the Suburban League Championship Meet Thursday at Silver Creek Metro Park in Norton.