Girls varsity places 15th in nation’s second-largest meet

Staff Report

The Amherst girls cross country team competed well Saturday at the massive Tiffin Carnival.

The highly competitive Carnival is the second largest meet in the United States, and contains almost nine hours of races over a variety of levels.

The varsity Comets finished 15th among more than 30 teams in the Division 1-A race, which featured eight state qualifying teams from 2015. Leading the Comets was senior Cara Giannuzzi (53rd, 20:24). She was followed by Kalyn Potyrala (66th, 20:37), Leah Johnson (82nd,20:52), Alicia DelValle (84th, 20:54), Ashley Hill (106th,21:17), Kayla Snowden (127th, 21:44), and Antonia Monteleone (139th, 21:56).

The Comets junior varsity runners had an outstanding finish at Tiffin. Running in the Varsity 1-B race, Amherst finished 11th overall, defeating nearly 20 varsity teams along the way. Senior Bridgette Wadge (35th, 22:18) finished first for the Comets JV, with Victoria Bailey (39th, 22:24), Rachel Szczodrowski (64th, 22:58), Rachel Lasso (77th, 23:12), Sydney Walker (93rd, 23:32), Sydnie Card (111th, 24:02), and Camryn Leonard (137th,25:03) also competing in the 1-B race.

The Amherst JV also competed in the open race at Tiffin, finishing fourth in the 34-team field. Rachel Williams (32nd, 22:27) was the leader for Amherst. Cassidy Hill (36th, 22:28) also ran well for the Comets, with Emma Kelley (38th, 22:33), Kailey Reed (40th, 22:35), and Molly Parker (52nd, 22:48) scoring. Senior Meredith Funderburg (71st, 23:02) was next, followed by Courtney Cogdell (136th, 23:45), Emily Johnston (145th, 23:48), Emily Syrowski (173rd, 24:08), Marissa Anaya (175th, 24:10), Karsen Bresnahan (234th, 24:51), Hannah Gendics (253rd, 25:03), Rachel Veneman (259th, 25:06), Robyn Ruffner (274th, 25:11), Erin McGuire (286th, 25:18), Arisa Inouye (296th, 25:25), Rain Wales (314th, 25:33), Hannah Borthwick (381st, 26:16), Ally Garcia (388th, 26:20), Jenna Kovach (390th, 26:23), Emily McGuire (401st, 26:34), Sophia Volak (404th, 26:36), Hannah Hauck (450th, 27:42), and Hannah Banks (562nd, 40:31).

The girls now have a record of 68-36 and will compete again this Saturday in the Boardman Spartan Invitational in Youngstown.

Staff Report