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Dunham leads Minerva girls to victory at home

MINERVA — While most of the cross country teams were running at the Spartan Invitational on Saturday, Minerva put together its own meet to give everyone a chance to race.

“We were unable to race at Boardman like we would normally due to them having to limit their race sizes,” Minerva coach Olivia Scott said. “So we put together a small quad meet on our course with Fairview Park, Lisbon and Southern Local. We didn’t run our full squads to give some of our younger runners more opportunity to race.”

Fairview Park won the boys race with 27 points, followed by Minerva with 47 and Southern with 90.

The Minerva girls, ranked ninth in the Division II state poll, scored 2 1points. Fairview Park had 37.

Minerva sophomore Tori Dunham won the girls race in a personal-best 21 minutes, 9 seconds at Minerva Middle School. Julie White was third (21:59) and Emily Norris fourth (22:19).

“She has dropped a minute since the first race of the year. She gets stronger every race,” Scott said. “Emily Norris also had a fantastic race placing third for the team. She has dropped two minutes from the first race of the season. I am really proud of all of the ladies today.”

Fairview Park’s Nolan Krumhansl, a state qualifier last season, won the boys race (16:45). Minerva’s Connor Shingleton was second (16:51).

“Connor Shingleton had a great race with some strong competition. He broke 17 minutes, which is the first time this season.,” Scott said. “We couldn’t be more proud of this young team. They are working hard everyday and showing much improvement.

Leaders for Southern were Marcus Reed in fourth (18:04) and Zack Tribelo in seventh (18:17).

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