NORTON — All season long, Ravyn Edge and Kenna Loveless have gone back and forth leading the Tallmadge girls cross county team.
On Thursday, it was Edge’s turn. Although it was painful at the end, the junior earned a runner-up spot — and Loveless was right behind.
Edge finished second in the American Conference girls race at the Suburban League Championship meet at Silver Creek Metro Park in Norton.
Behind the two juniors, Tallmadge’s girls finished third in the American Conference race with 75 points. Highland won the title with 30 points, while Aurora was second with 51 points.
In the boys race, Tallmadge coach Jeremy Huth said the Blue Devils performed much better than their previous outing at the Stow Invitational. Tallmadge finished fourth with 70 points. Highland won the boys title with 38 points and Copley (51) and Aurora (61) finished second and third, respectively.
Edge said she was cramping on the side during the late stages of the race, but was able to stay within shouting distance of champions Kaylie Kenne of Highland. Kenne won in a time of 18 minutes, 45 seconds.
Edge finished second in 19:23.
"I was surprised I was still able to see her," Edge said. "I thought I must be having a good race."
Loveless came in third in 19:31.
"She’s a good training partner," Loveless said of Edge. "She pushes me where I need to and I push her where she needs to."
"Those two have been leading us all year," Huth said. "I’m super proud of what Ravyn did staying with Kenne. She’s one of the top runners in the state."
The persistent issue for the Blue Devils is the gap between the top two and the rest of the pack.
"At this point, It’s kind of who we are," Huth said.
Katrina Hunt finished 19th for the Blue Devils in 21:40, followed by Mackenzie Moran taking 25th in 22:03 and Ashley Hughes taking 26th in 22:25.
Emma Ryder (30th, 22:34) and Kelsey Bellman (31st, 22:38) also ran the girls varsity race for Tallmadge.
In the boys race, Huth said sophomore Tommy Naiman had his first strong race in a while. He earned all-conference honors by taking fifth place in 17:13.
Senior Zach Brown finished right behind, taking sixth place in 17:24.
Jackson Queen finished 18th and Dawson Ansley placed 19th, as both finished in 18:08, while Ben Jurkowski (22nd, 18:25) rounded out the scoring runs.
Nick Sabetta (28th, 18:53) and Jarod Shumaker (30th, 18:59) rounded out the scoring runs.
"We had different guys step up for us," Huth said. "We have nine days now to rest and get ready for the postseason."
Tallmadge will next see action at the Division II district meet Oct. 20 at Lorain Community College in Elyria. The top five teams and top 20 individuals advance to the regional meet.