On Oct. 10, the Cards ran in the All American Conference Cross Country Championship, and Chase Kern continued his successful season by winning the 2.1 mile course in 11:41, and was crowned conference champion. Connor Dotson of Howland ran up front for most of the race and finished second in 11:45. Kern’s strong performance help lead the Cards to a second place team finish with 57 points. Austintown took home team honors with 32, third place went to Howland with 65, and fourth place was Poland with 88.
Rounding out the top seven finishers for the boys were Ryan Motolenich who finished in ninth with a time of 13:05; Tommy Donadee (13th) 13:13; Victor Stefanides (14th) 13:14; Pete Crescimanno (20th) 13:34; Slava Lefoer (27th) 13:50; and Andrew Bell (29th) 14:12.
In the girls division, the Lady Cards defended their conference title with a decisive victory, and added another team win to their tremendous season. The top four teams were Canfield with 31 points, Howland (48), Austintown (77) and Niles (94). The race was won by Isabella Albrecht of Howland with a time of 13:33. Coming in second place was the Cards’ Rachel Rosteck in 13:42. The remaining top seven Lady Cards were Jenny McClune (third) 13:48; Victoria Pacheco (seventh) 14:41; Marissa Cashbaugh (eighth) 14:45; Raquel Markulin (11th) 14:52; Cecilia Shaer (13th) 14:58 and Sloan Ferguson (23rd) 15:39.
On Oct. 15, the Cards ran in the Sim Earich Invitational at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds. The team not only battled the competition, but the weather conditions played a major role as high winds, rain, and mud covered the 3,200 meter course. A total of 103 participants, including nine teams, ran in the boys’ race, and a total of 117 runners, including 11 teams, ran in the girls division.
In the boys division, the Cards’ Kern again battled a familiar opponent in Dotson of Howland. The two put on another tremendous race for the fans as they pulled away from all other competition early in the race, and were tied coming down the final stretch. With less than 50 meters to go, Kern took the lead on his way to a first place finish with the time of 10:54, besting Dotson who ran a 10:57. The remaining top seven finishers for the Cards were Motolenich (12th) 12:12; Donadee (17th) 12:17; Crescimanno (19th) 12:23; Victor Stefanides (21st) 12:27; Lefoer (33rd) 12:47 and Bell (51st) 13:25. The top four teams were Maplewood (48), Canfield (56), McDonald (83) and Howland (91).
In the girls division, the team faced some fierce competition and earned their way to a second place finish. Taking team honors was McDonald (46), Canfield (71), Howland (71), and Berkshire (147). Canfield won the tie breaker over Howland to capture second as the Cards sixth place finisher came in ahead of Howland’s by one place.
Turning in a great race for the lady Cards were Rosteck (fifth) 13:00; McClune (eigth) 13:03; Victoria Pacheco (10th) 13:15; Raquel Markulin (23rd) 13:59; Shaer (26th) 14:02; Cashbaugh (33rd) 14:15 and Katelyn Yohman (42nd) 14:39.
Photo special to the Town Crier
Fierce competitors Chase Kern of Canfield and Connor Dotson of Howland leave the pack behind at two major events.