River’s girls cross country team starts off on the 3.1-mile
course at the West Shore Conference championship Saturday. River
placed four runners in the top 10 to repeat as champs. Read
more on page 2B. (Photo by Larry Bennet)
Girls repeat as West Shore champions
By Matt Pawlikowski
Published Oct. 11, 2006
They are ranked
eighth in the state poll, and with good reason. When the going gets
tough, Rocky River’s girl harriers get going. The West Shore Conference
meet, which was held at Lorain County Community College on Saturday,
was a prime example.
Hannah Farver was the individual West Shore champ, with a course
best time of 19:28, the Rockets didn’t have enough firepower to
overcome the Pirates’ depth and talent.
placed four runners in the top 10, and outscored Bay 35-50 to take
the WSC for a second consecutive year.
feels great,’’ said Rocky River girls coach Laura Brabant. “Bay
is a great team, they brought a lot of strong runners with them,
but we’re really excited that being defending champions, we can
win again this year. The kids did what they needed to do.’’
way for the Pirates was senior Jade Braden, who was second and had
a time of 19:45, which is a career PR for her. Brittney Towner placed
third and ran a time of 19:48, which is only seconds off her best.
Not far behind
was Paige Nagy, who was fifth and ran a 20:23, while Ellie Brandt
ran a 20:54, which is seconds off her career PR, which she set as
a freshman at the state meet. Jenna
Berg ran 21:46. Elizabeth Opett ran a 22:07 and Emma Pavlik
ran a 22:11.
“It was exciting
to have three members of the varsity team earn first team all conference
and two members earn second team all conference and all seven finish
in the top 20!” said Brabant. “We do what we have to do in practice,
and they do what I ask, then they perform when it is time to perform.”
placed fourth last year, became Bay’s first conference champ since
the downturn of disco when Sara Munroe won back-to-back titles in
happy that I won,’’ said Farver. “I was going in to this race happy
and excited, and thought in my mind that I could win this. This
was always a goal of mine, and now I achieved it.”
(6th, 20:33), Stephanie Black (9th, 20:48), Molly Gorie (12th, 21:37)
also earned all-conference honors for Bay. Lisa Greible (23rd, 22:22)
also had a nice meet for the Rockets.
finished fourth overall in the meet with 98 points, but got a great
performance from Jessica Zangmeister, who was fourth.
“My first race
here, I was leading and took a wrong turn,’’ said Zangmeister. “So
this time I knew the course better, but River ran well and picked
it up the last half of the race. I’m happy though. The weather out
here is also deceiving. It doesn’t feel warm because of the wind,
but when you start running, it was hot. I was really dehydrated
during the race.”
Rich Friel was pleased with how his girls performed.
“The girls had
Jessica Zangmeister earn First Team All-Conference and Ana Konovalov
was Second Team All-Conference,” said Fairview coach Rick Freil.
“We also had strong finishes from Amanda Shuttleworth, Vicky Diedrichs,
Tory Johnson, Teresa Mills, and Maureen Rehor. The girls were
hoping to challenge for second or third
but we fell short this week. We are hoping to continue to
improve our performance as we move to the district meet in two weeks.”
also fared extremely well in the open race. Freshman Sarah Morford
won the girls open race with a time of 23:09, which was a career
PR for her by 45 seconds. Junior Sarah Milkovich was seventh overall
in the open division, and ran a time of 24:48, a career PR by 10
seconds. Junior Jasmine Corbin finished in 25:53, while Ali Balogh
finished with a time of 26:06 a career PR.
Pantona-Price and Jackie Gates also had career PRs with 29:54 and
“This was the
last race for all the open/JV runners on our team,” said Brabant.
“I am really excited for how well they all ran, with so many career
PRs, it was a great way to end their season!”