Seniors Alyssa Deeds and Rebecca Mold have been giving Twinsburg a nice 1-2 punch for the girls cross country team while underclassman Aiden Cain led the Tigers boys at the 29th annual Bruce Lerch Invitational, hosted by Brecksville.
In a strong field of 19 teams, the Lady Tigers placed fifth overall while the boys were ninth out of 26 clubs.
Head coach Sarah Kmet is looking for both teams to continue to improve.
Deeds raced to a fourth-place finish at Brecksville with a time of 20 minutes, and 3.0 seconds.
"Alyssa [Deeds] and Rebecca [Mold] continue to race very well up front and this is their best season opening weeks of their careers," said Kmet.
Finishing eighth overall out of 150 runners, Mold was clocked at 20:26.5.
Division II state-power Woodridge won the girls crown 76-91 over Brunswick and Solon (103). Mayfield was fourth (117) while Twinsburg beat league rival Brecksville for fifth-place by a 135-152 tally.
Cain, a sophomore standout, finished eighth overall out of 202 runners in the boys field with a time of 17:09.7.
Support for Deeds and Mold came from junior Katie Vasiliauskas, who crossed 23rd in 21:50.6.
Sophomore Jessica Abrams ran 51st in 22:45.4, senior April Dale was 53rd with a time of 22:51.5, freshman Cordelia Firem was 60th in 23;10.4, and senior Annabelle Dolney also scored for the Tigers as she was 63rd with a time of 23:14.9.
For the boys, senior Mitchell Suder placed 31st overall with a clocking of 18:13.1.
Will Corbin, a senior, ran 49th at Strongsville with a time of 18:34.3. Freshman Vince Sciarabba was 72nd (19:07.5), senior Christian Harsa ran 90th (19:25.9), junior Brian Nesic was 95th (19:35.7), and freshman Aiden Bennage also scored as he was 102nd (19:47).
Hunter Bennage, a senior, was clocked at 19:58.6 at Brecksville while senior Connor Wright was timed at 20:46.4.
In addition for the girls, sophomore Isabel Dickson registered a time of 24:37.1 and freshman Meredith Bartel was timed at 25:48.3.
Twinsburg recently competed at the Kenston Invitational. The girls placed sixth and boys were 10th.
"Alyssa [Deeds] ran particularly well, remaining patient early and running a great second half of the race, and she made huge strides against girls that beat her handily in the first week," said Kmet. "I thought Desha Perera also had a good race."
Perera is a senior for the Lady Tigers.
"Aiden Cain had another nice race, running 16:20's for the second week in a row," said Kmet, alluding to the Kenston meet. "It's really good to see him racing up front and he's gaining a lot of experience and I expect him to continue to improve."
Twinsburg is looking forward to competing on the regional course in the 34th annual Boardman Spartan Invitational Saturday.