With eight state-ranked teams in the mix, Amherst’s girls cross country runners finished in the top half Saturday at the Boardman Spartan Invitational.
The race is an opportunity to compete on the Northeast Ohio Regional championship course, the location of this fall’s state qualifying meet for area teams.
In the Division 1 race, the varsity Comets finished 17th of 41 teams. Finishing first for Amherst was sophomore Leah Johnson (66th, 21:17).
Close behind were Kalyn Potyrala (81st, 21:28), Cara Giannuzzi (93rd, 21:39), and Alicia Del Valle (102nd, 21:46). Senior Ashley Hill (142nd, 22:20) was fifth for the Amherst varsity, with fellow senior Bridgette Wadge (174th, 22:42) running her best race of the year to finish nearby. Kayla Snowden (186th, 22:53), Victoria Bailey (204th, 23:02), Rachel Williams (234th,23:25), and Antonia Monteleone (269th, 23:43) also ran.
The junior varsity Comets also had an excellent showing at Boardman in the unscored open race against a huge spread of more than 540 girls.
Senior Rachel Szczodrowski had an outstanding race against that giant field of athletes, leading for part of the way before finishing third overall.
She was followed by sophomores Emma Kelley (27th, 23:03), Sydney Walker (30th, 23:15), and Emily Johnston (35th, 23:22). Juniors Rachel Lasso (37th, 23:23) and Camryn Leonard (42nd, 23:36) were next for Amherst, with Meredith Funderburg (51st, 23:43), Sydnie Card (61st, 23:55), Cassidy Hill (75th, 24:12), Kailey Reed (95th, 24:35), Marissa Anaya (145th, 25:21), Courtney Cogdell (146th, 25:21), Rachel Veneman (161st, 25:27), Robyn Ruffner (168th, 25:31), Emily Syrowski (170th, 25:33), Karsen Bresnahan (179th, 25:44), Hannah Gendics (207th, 26:08), Molly Parker (212th, 26:16), Jenna Kovach (242nd, 26:43), Erin McGuire (245th, 26:41), Sophia Volak (259th, 26:52), Rain Wales (281st, 27:07), Holly Eliopoulos (311th, 27:37), Allysin Garcia (351st, 28:10), Hannah Borthwick (358th, 28:14), Emily McGuire (370th, 28:27), Hannah Hauck (394th, 28:59), and Halle Brosky(455th,30:19) all finishing.
The Steele girls now have a season record of 92 wins and 52 losses, and will compete again this Saturday at the Blue Devil Invitational in Sharpsville, Pa., on the Pennsylvania District 10 meet course. The varsity race is at 10 a.m. with the junior varsity competing at 11 a.m.