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Lions, Dukes lead deep field at EBC

ALLIANCE — The Minerva girls cross country team always comes through when it counts most.

The Lions got past Salem in a battle of two of the top Division II teams in Ohio at the Eastern Buckeye Conference Cross Country Championships on Saturday.

Eighth-ranked Minerva had five of the top nine runners to win for the fourth straight year by totaling 31 points. Third-ranked Salem wasn’t far behind with 36 points.

“The EBC is a very strong league for cross country,” Minerva coach Olivia Scott said. “Salem has been ranked in the top three of the state coaches poll the entire season. The Quakers had the lead through the first 2,500 meters of the race and our girls just started making moves and taking over. We take a lot of pride in defending our title against great competition.”

Marlington siblings Noah Graham and Bella Graham repeated as the individual champs on the rain-covered 3.1-mile course at Marlington High School. Noah won for the fourth straight year.

Right behind Bella Graham in the girls race were Salem freshmen Maggie Hall and Maggie Hopple in second and third, respectively.

The next four runners were from Minerva, Hera Hoffee, Hannah Ison, Kayla Crissman and Jenna Cassidy. Tori Dunham finished ninth as the Lions wrapped up another league title.

“The girls were so focused and determined today,” Scott said. “We developed a race strategy early in the week and they executed it to perfection. I am very proud of these girls. Winning our fourth straight league championship and building on the great tradition of our program is something all runners, past and present, should be proud of.”

Also for the Quakers, Molly Hopple was eighth, Megan Stafford 11th and Ella Double 12th.

The Marlington boys, ranked No. 1 in Division, were the runaway winners. The Dukes had five of the top seven runners for 20 points, followed by Minerva with 68, Salem 87 and West Branch 93.

Minerva’s Connor Shingleton was the only runner to break through Marlington’s pack up front. Shingleton was second despite taking a nasty fall in the woods.

GIRLS RESULTS

TEAM STANDINGS: 1. Minerva (31), 2. Salem (35), 3. Marlington (94), 4. West Branch (102), 5. Carrollton (126), 6. Alliance (157), 7. Canton South (185).

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

(74 runners)

1. Bella Graham (Marlington) 18:48.77; 2. Maggie Hall (Salem) 19:26; 3. Maggie Hopple (Salem) 19:32; 4. Hera Hoffee (Minerva) 19:53; 5. Hannah Ison (Minerva) 20:09; 6. Kayla Crissman (Minerva) 20:10; 7. Jenna Cassidy (Minerva) 20:11; 8. Molly Hopple (Salem) 20:20; 9. Tori Dunham (Minerva) 20:26; 10. Haley Hazelbaker (West Branch) 20:32.

11. Megan Stafford (Salem) 20:34; 12. Ella Double (Salem) 30:40; 13. Clarice Martin (West Branch) 20:46; 19. Kami Rohm (Salem) 21:42; 20. Peyton Campf (Salem) 21:47; 21. Eris Dugan (West Branch) 21:56; 22. Jill Pieren (Salem) 22:01; 24. Annika Murray (Salem) 22:03; 28. Klaire Jaquette (Salem) 22:40; 30. Avah Stull (West Branch) 22:51; 31. Dana Griffith (Salem) 22:57; 51. Cadence McCartney-Mason (West Branch) 25:25; 56. Megan Spielman (Salem) 25:47; 64. Madison Dowd (Salem) 28:13; 70. Julia Stockman (Salem) 30:44; 71. Mallory Hudson (Salem) 30:56.

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BOYS RESULTS

TEAM STANDINGS: 1. Marlington (20), 2. Minerva (68), 3. Salem (87), 4. West Branch (93), 5. Alliance (143), 6. Canton South (180), 7. Carrollton (180).

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

(77 runners)

1. Noah Graham (Marlington) 16:05.23; 2. Connor Shingleton (Minerva) 16:13; 3. Colin Cernansky (Marlington) 16:16; 4. Liam Blake (Marlington) 16:32; 5. Nash Minor (Marlington) 16:42; 6. Josiah Hicks (West Branch) 16:47; 7. Cohen Boyce (Marlington) 16:57; 8. Michael Dorris (West Branch) 17:10; 9. MIchael Nicholls (Marlington) 17:11; 10. Grasyn Rettig (Minerva) 17:26.

11. Will Madison (Salem) 17:34; 15. Davin Koskinen (Salem) 17:47; 16. Lucas Ziegler (Salem) 17:49; 17. Parker Warren (Salem) 17:53; 20. Brian Boston (West Branch) 18:15; 29. Dominic Ormiston (West Branch) 18:40; 35. Collin Helmick (Salem) 19:02; 38. Kyle Hoopes (West Branch) 19:19; 39. Matthew Cederbloom (West Branch) 19:22; 44. Andy Wilson (Salem) 19:43; 50. Hayden Thompson (Salem) 20:015; 52. Tanner Flickinger (Salem) 20:21; 53. Preston Anthony (Salem) 21:10; 56. Lukas Ganslein (Salem) 21:37; 59. Ethan Rudibaugh (Salem) 21:46; 61. Kenny Starcher (West Branch) 22:04; 62. R.J. Wilson (West Branch) 22:09; 66. Conner Vienneau (Salem) 22:34.

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JUNIOR HIGH GIRLS

TEAM STANDINGS: 1. Minerva (35), 2. Salem (54), 3. Carrollton (77), 4. Marlington (79), 5. West Branch (113).

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

(54 runners)

1. Brooklyn Malone (Minerva) 12:53.74; 2. Garyn Rohm (Salem) 12:59; 3. Kylie Ujcich (Carrollton) 13:21; 4. Gabby Lupshu (Minerva) 13:28; 5. Makenna Jones (Minerva) 13:31.

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JUNIOR HIGH BOYS

TEAM STANDINGS: 1. Minerva (39), 2. West Branch (61), 3. Salem (64), 4. Canton South (98), 5. Marington (101).

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

(59 runners)

1. Rowen Hoffee (Minerva) 11:16.78; 2. Sam Yakubek (Salem) 12:10; 3. Cooper Barth (Saelm) 12:18; 4. Brody Conaway (West Branch) 12:19; 5. Owen Yoder (Minerva) 12:19.

Poland Glow in the Park

POLAND — Shaker Heights swept boys and girls titles on Saturday at the Poland Glow in the Park Invitational at Poland Township Park.

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL TEAM STANDINGS: 1. Shaker Heights 15, 2. United 55, 3. East Palestine 72, 4. Poland 100.

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS: 1. Grace Fraser (Shaker Heights) 21:34, 2. Daisy Lawrence (Shaker Heights) 22:00, 3. Lydia Vandal (Shaker Heights) 22:09, 4. Rachel Stringer (Shaker Heights) 22:18, 5. Jenna Englander (Shaker Heights) 22:32, 6. Claudia Cullen (Shaker Heights) 23:27, 7. Maddie Young (United) 23:30, 8. Jade Watt (United) 23:32, 9. Serenity Perrine (Jackson-Milton) 23:56, 10. Dakota Townley (Mentor Christian) 24:09.

13. Sydney Young (United) 24:42, 16. Jaylene Jackson (East Palestine) 24:46, 19. Jasmine Ludt (East Palestine) 26:00, 20. Samara Martin (United) 26:01.

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL TEAM STANDINGS: 1. Shaker Heights 25, 2. Badger 78, 3. Hubbard 88, 4. United 90, 5. Poland 108, 6. Benedictine 131.

BOYS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS: 1. Cole Graham (Jackson-Milton) 18:08, 2. Brayden Murray (Hubbard) 18:32, 3. Krishna Divakarla (Shaker Heights) 18:43, 4. Nico Moulthrop (Shaker Heights) 19:11, 5. Michael Crosby (Badger) 19:21, 6. Andrew Fogerty (Shaker Heights) 19:22, 7. Patrick Smith (Shaker Heights) 19:31, 8. Zachary Nastari (United) 19:44, 9. Henry Peyrebrune (Benedictine) 19:46, 10. Frankie Katz (Shaker Heights) 20:04.

14. Andrew Frase (United) 20:25, 18. Dominic Ludt (East Palestine) 20:54.

MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS WINNER: 1. Mara Gilman (Jefferson Area) 13:47

MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS WINNER: 1. Maddox Roach (East Liverpool) 11:47.

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