Getting to the big dance is a special occasion that should never be taken for granted.
One can never know if he or she will ever get there again.
Matthew Singleton, on the other hand, will get to relive his so-called once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Fortunately for the Aurora boys cross country team, he can relive it again and again, as well.
Singleton advanced to the Division I state meet for the second consecutive year after finishing fourth with a time of 16 minutes, 13.66 seconds at the Youngstown regional competition Saturday at Boardman High School.
A total of 196 runners participated. Hunting Valley University’s Justin Iler crossed the finish line first in 15:47. The top 32 runners advanced.
Singleton is scheduled to run at the state meet Nov. 2 at National Trail Raceway in Hebron. Singleton is set to run at 3 p.m.
Unfortunately for the Greenmen sophomore, he won’t have any company.
Aurora finished 14th with 351 points. The top eight teams qualified for the state competition.
Chagrin Falls Township Kenston won the 24-team competition with 126 points. Also qualifying were Hudson (134), Cleveland St. Ignatius (178), Solon (179), Louisville (194), University (223), Medina (262) and Massillon Jackson (287).
Rounding out the top five for the Greenmen were sophomore Andrew Ploskunak (48th, 17:01.57), juniors Max Manderbach (118th, 17:38.36) and Justin Hartland (122nd, 17:40.06) and senior Samuel Siedel (137th, 17:49.12).