Without the luxury of complete rosters, the Spartan Invitational served more as a great test individually for Twinsburg's cross-country runners in boys and girls action in Boardman.

Academic testing left some holes for the Tigers, among the other schools at the huge 34th annual meet Saturday.

The girls unit finished 19th out of 35 schools with 531 points. The youthful boys squad placed 29th out of 37 teams.

"Both teams were short-handed at Boardman this weekend," said head coach Sarah Kmet.

"ACT testing, illness and some others were held out for rest purposes," added Kmet. "Our team scores were a reflection of this, but I also think we left too much on the course."

Pacing the girls once again were veteran seniors Alyssa Deeds and Rebecca Mold.

Deeds finished 19th overall in the Division I race as she was clocked at 20 minutes and 1.0 seconds.

Posting a 39th-place effort, Mold crossed in 20:34.1.

"Alyssa and Rebecca continue to race consistently well," observed Kmet. "Their passion for racing is evident week in and week out."

Kmet also had plenty of praise for boys sophomore standout Aiden Cain.

Cain raced to a 26th-place finish in 16:51.1.

"Aiden handled his first Spartan Invitational well (he missed the meet last year due to injury)," stressed Kmet. "Boardman is the largest, deepest field we see all year (save the regional and state meet) and it's not uncommon for athletes to crack."

"I thought Aiden did a good job remaining composed and finished in the top 30, a position we had talked about going into the meet," added the coach.

Junior Katie Vasiliauskas scored well for the girls squad as she was 123rd with a time of 21:59.8.

Senior Annabelle Dolney posted a 172nd-place finish with a time of 23:12.1, followed by sophomore teammates Jessica Abrams (23:25), Bella Genovese (23:38.4), and Isabel Dickson (23:54.0).

For the boys, senior Christian Harsa placed 174th overall with a clocking of 18:47.5.

"Freshman Vince Sciarabba is another consistent performer that we've been able count on," said Kmet. "Christian bounced back from a sub-par week three race."

Sciarabba posted a time of 18:58.8 while junior Brian Nesic had a time of 19:10.8, senior Hunter Bennage was at 19:50.9, and his freshman brother, Aiden Bennage, was clocked at 20:16.2.

"We are looking for a big bounce back with the whole squad intact next week at Strongsville," said Kmet of Strongsville Vertical Runner Invitational. The meet begins at 10 a.m.