Dan Scourfield knew something his runners didn’t.
The Cuyahoga Falls head girls cross country coach was fully aware of the high humidity during last Saturday’s Malone Invitational at GlenOak High School in Canton.
And yet, Scourfield didn’t utter a single word about it. In his mind, some discussions are worth saving for later.
"I didn’t mention anything to them," Scourfield said. "We just let them go out and race. We talked about it afterwards."
The humidity did get to the Black Tigers. It did for just about everyone else too.
As a result, Falls finished fifth with 124 points in the nine-team Division I competition. Wadsworth won the competition with 39 points and also had the top runner. The Grizzlies’ Clare Nicholas easily won the race in 18 minutes, 57.3 seconds.
"It was 20 to 40 seconds slower and that goes for everybody," Scourfield said. "It was more than 85-percent humidity. The third-mile splits were all slow. By that point, they were all running on fumes."
Not surprisingly, the Black Tigers were led by their gifted duo. Aiamyia Dudley captured third in 20:00.8. Meredith Gallagher was next for Falls with a sixth-place clocking of 20:19.
"We has the same strategy," Scourfield said. "Aiamyia got out toward the front. She was in the top 10 the whole race. Meredith probably had the best day of the group. Some girls were affected by the humidity more than others."
Rounding out the top five for Falls were Elsa Lowry (30th, 22:50.2), Teagan Barnett (40th, 23:41.7) and Kearan Barnett (45th, 24.39.7).
The Black Tigers’ other varsity runners, Isabelle Coffman (24:39.7) and Becca Johnston (25:06.4), were right behind Kearan Barnett in 46th and 47th, respectively.
"Teaghan was very close to her PR [personal record]," Scourfield said.
Scourfield also was encouraged by the performance of Chelsea Huffman, who took third in the open race with a time of 22:45.8. Huffman had been ill in recent days.
"Chelsea ran a good race," Scourfield said. "She missed a couple of days. She bounced back."
Falls will have a week off before heading to Silver Springs Park for the Stow Invitational Oct. 5.
"We’re preparing for Stow," Scourfield said. "Everyone is healthy and running well. After Stow, it will be the conference and then districts."
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