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Poland girls place five in top 10 at Niles

October 17, 2018
The Town Crier

The Poland Bulldogs High School girls cross country team left no doubt that they are a team to be reckoned with as they look toward the district and regional championships following a solid first place finish at the NE8 Championship in Niles on October 10. Paced by first place overall finisher and 2018 NE8 runner of the year Jackie Grisdale, the lady Bulldogs placed all five scoring runners in the top 10. The remaining scorers were Gianna Stanich, second (20:21), Halle Sebest, third (20:32), Haley Trolio, ninth (22:25) and Ella Harrell, tenth (22:43).

On the boys side, Geno Gallo placed fourth overall in 18:06, followed by Tony Gallo, (6) Jet Bailey, (15), Andrew Biggs, (21) and Sam James (36). The boys finished fourth overall.

The middle school teams completed their season nearly as well with a second place overall finish for the boys and fourth for the girls. Logan Flament completed the 3000 meter course in 11 minutes flat, outpacing the second place finisher by nearly 45 seconds. Flament went virtually undefeated the entire season except for one second place finish in the season opener in Salem.

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Halle Sebest, Gianna Stanich and Jackie Grisdale run one, two and three at the NE8 Cross Country Championship meet on October 10. The Poland girls high school team took first place placing five girls in the top 10.

"Logan is so focused on his racing and training that he can't help but run his best" said coach Tom Grantonic. "It's a little scary."

The other scorers for the boys team included Zach Donnachie (12:45), Chris Denney (12:47), Jack Dwyer (13:00) and Dan Pike (13:19). "This was probably their best team performance of the year" said Grantonic. Other finisher for the boys were Aiden Davis (13:49), Andrew Slaven (13:51) Alex Medina (14:11) James Cutter (14:26) Connor Blumel (16:05), Vince Sainato (16:36) and Danny Daily (20:11).

The girls team showed a great deal of depth, despite a fourth place finish. Just a little over a minute separated all five scorers.

"The girls keep me guessing every race," said Grantonic. "I don't think the top five have ever finished in the same order twice all season."

The team was led by Josie Norris (14:30) followed by Sydney Metzinger (14:50), Gianna Vagnarelli (15:09) Ava Gallo (15:13) Olivia Zura (15:39), Lauren Shaw (15:57) Emma Maile (16:09), Alayna James (17:26) Emily Bayerl (19:38) and Gia Len (19:45).



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