TIFFIN — The Brunswick girls team held true to its consistency as it finished third out of 33 teams in the Division I-A race at Saturday’s 44th annual Tiffin Distance Carnival.
The No. 8-ranked Blue Devils scored 231 points as they finished behind Centerville (154) and Springboro (165). Seven of the top nine teams in the field were state-ranked.
Brunswick had the best 1-5 split of the field, as just 51 seconds separated its top five finishers.
Freshman Vanessa Pasadyn led Brunswick, finishing 27th in 19:40.91. Freshman Jenna Scott (38th, 19:55.62), sophomore Katie Pavlick (39th, 19:56.37), sophomore Emily LaPolla (59th, 20:21.55) and junior Tara Horton (68th, 20:30.96) rounded out the top five.
“I definitely like the course,” Pasadyn said. “My time definitely showed. I got a PR (personal record) by 20 seconds. I felt like I really tried to kick it in this time because I didn’t do that as much last weekend. That was my main goal. The last mile I feel like I finished very fast.”
The Wadsworth boys did a nice job with a third-place finish out of 30 teams in the Division I-B race with 163 points. Cincinnati St. Xavier B (36) and St. Ignatius B (65) were the class of the field.
Sophomore Jeff Batey (10th, 17:01.71) ran a 31-second personal record in leading the Grizzlies. Junior Ben Murphy (15th, 17:14.19), sophomore Cameron Croghan (42nd, 17:51.58), junior Theo Bach (43rd, 17:52.67) and sophomore Jon Bach (54th, 18:05.86) rounded out the top five.
“I always take it out too quickly the first mile so that’s what I was trying to focus on,” Batey said. “I hit the first mile (5:19) like I needed and I was able to keep it up. We’re surprised with the final result.
We didn’t think it would be close to that (third place). There are a lot of good teams here. Today went very well. It’s a big step for us because we don’t have any seniors on varsity.”
Buckeye senior Ryan Gallagher pulled away from the field in the last mile to win the Division II race in 16:20.54 over St. Vincent-St. Mary senior Mick Iacofano (16:30.51) and Beloit West Branch senior Drake Lohnes (16:31.35).
“This feels awesome,” said Gallagher, who finished fifth last year in 16:34.70. “It means a lot. Besides state, this is one of the biggest races we race all year. There were some key guys missing today like Abel Flores (from Defiance), but we’ll see them by the end of the year.”
Buckeye senior J.J. Grzincic also raced well, finishing 11th in 16:52.89. A year ago, Grzincic was only 40th in 17:41.15.
Black River senior Gus Kazek was the top Pirate finisher in the Division II boys race, finishing 15th in 16:58.31. Last year, he finished 24th in 17:22.60.
“I was feeling a bit sore today,” Kazek said. “We did a speed workout Thursday, running 200-meter repeats on the track.”
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