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East Canton competed at the prestigious Boardman Invitational this past Saturday.
The cross-country meet draws the best teams from the state of Ohio.
Thirty-four schools took part in the Division III girls race, with East Canton placing 11th.
Ashlynn Almasy ran a great race, finishing 13th out of 327 runners with a time of 20:19.6.
Emily Cain was 59th in 22:05.9, Ja'Bria Knight was 88th in 23:06.2, Cameiya Newell-Owens was 119th in 23:38.7, Briana Martino was 132nd in 24:02.4, Marie Murphy was 134th in 24:07.4, Savannah Yacklin was 136th in 24:10.5, Mary Reichard was 144th in 24:18.6, Abby Reichard was 150th in 24:26, Victoria Wertz was 166th in 24:47.3, Autumn Norris was 176th in 25:06.5, Danielle Lebo was 221st in 26:37, Emily Bigler was 244th in 27:31.7, Erica Robinson was 253rd in 28:04.3, and Bria Robinson was 257th in 28:13.5.
"Placing 11th out of 48 schools bodes well for our training at this point in the season," commented Head Coach Tom Loy. "The girls had a solid race after a tough week of practice. Of the 15 girls who raced on Saturday, six had season-best times.
"As a team, we are somewhat ahead of last year's development despite a couple of girls being a little subpar due to a slight injury or illness. The potential is there to improve a lot in the coming weeks as the girls are looking ahead to the big meets in October."
State-ranked St. Thomas finished first with 73 points. It was followed by McDonald with 95, Gilmour Academy with 118, Hawken with 158, Tusky Valley with 197, Berkshire with 206, Garaway with 247, Canton Central with 261, Maplewood with 279, Union City with 283 and the Lady Hornets with 355.
Boys Cross Country
The East Canton boys finished 16th out of 33 teams in the Division III race.
Demetrius Snellenberger ran his best race of his young career. Competing against 325 other runners, the freshman finished third with a time of 16:41.2.
Kyeem Newell-Owens was 30th in 18:05, Mason Cain was 152nd in 20:26.7, Jake Bellamy was 209th in 21:37.7, Gabe Jones was 232nd in 22:26.3, Tom Lorthior was 253rd in 23:13.5, and Jacob Waters was 272nd in 24:06.6.
"Dee Snellenberger continues to shine as he has established himself as one of the best Division III runners in northeast Ohio," commented Head Coach Lee Sternberg. "I was pleased with the team's finish as no one from this year's team ran at last year's Boardman Invitational and we were missing three of our top five runners due to injuries. Two other freshman ran personal records, with Mason Cain and Jacob Waters both running their best times to date."
Maplewood tallied 61 points to win the boys race, edging St. Thomas (73) by 12 points. Rounding out the top 10 were Smithville with 121, McDonald with 134, Mapleton with 167, South Range with 232, Garaway with 268, Open Door Christian with 311, Canton Central with 347 and Rootstown with 383.
The Hornets will compete in the Sandy Valley Invitational this Saturday, Sept. 24.