Not to be overshadowed by the success of the boys cross country team, the Spartan girls cross country team has moved undefeated through their Suburban League schedule capping it off with a first place performance at the league championship as well as handily securing the Mahoning County title on Tuesday, Sept. 24.
"We had a team goal of becoming Suburban and county champions and I'm so proud of the girls for achieving those goals," remarked coach Stacey Hunter. But it hasn't always been an easy road. "I had a couple girls not feeling well and it was awesome to see other girls step it up and have great races when their teammates weren't feeling 100 percent."
Leading the scoring for the Lady Spartans for the Suburban Championship was junior Jordan Grantonic who finished runner up with a time of 20:15. Additional scoring was provided by Trista Cunningham, eighth at 21:30; Emma Schwendeman, 10th with 21:33; Brandi Gatte, 14th at 21:42; and Katelynn Morrell, 15th with 21:47.
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Varsity runners Katelynn Morrell, Trista Cunningham and Brandi Gatte work together near the start of the Suburban League Championship Cross Country meet held at the Canfield Fairgrounds on Tuesday, Sept. 17.
At the Mahoning County Championship, Grantonic placed first overall with a time of 19:31 followed by teammates Schwendeman in fifth at 20:35, Morrell in eighth with 21:06, Cunningham in 11th at 21:25 and Gatte in 12th with 21:29.
The Spartans have a week off before they head to Stow then it's off to the Federal League Championships where they'll face some of their toughest competition. After that, it's on to Districts in the hopes of qualifying for the Regional meet on their home course at the end of October.