August 27, 2014

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Cross country: Blue Devils take seventh at loaded event

Paul Heyse | The Gazette

TIFFIN — The Brunswick girls cross country team got a pretty good snapshot on Saturday of what to expect for regionals, as the seventh-ranked Blue Devils finished sixth out of 34 teams in the Division I-A field at the 45th annual Tiffin Distance Carnival.

No. 2 Centerville (67) defended its title. No. 10 Perrysburg (128), No. 9 Cincinnati Mother of Mercy (166), No. 4 Hilliard Davidson (246) and unranked Oregon Clay (249) finished ahead of Brunswick.

Brunswick, Perrysburg and Oregon Clay are likely the top contenders at the Tiffin regional slated for Oct. 26.

Sophomore Vanessa Pasadyn again led the Blue Devils on Saturday, finishing 16th in 19:48.63. As a freshman, she finished 27th in 19:40.91.

“It was much hotter than last year,” said Pasadyn. “I took it out faster than last year because I knew how tough the field is. I definitely died a little, bit but I’m happy with my performance. We had some hard workouts this week. I tried my best.”

Senior Kristine Camper (30th, 20:12.16), freshman Rebecca Craddock (35th, 20:17.97) and junior Katie Pavlick (51st, 20:36), the No. 2-4 runners, finished within a 24-second spread.

“I feel a little bit better about this race than I did the last one (Avon Lake Earlybird),” Camper said. “That little girl, Rebecca (Craddock), pushed me through the whole thing. The fast start might have caught up with her a little the last mile, but man, she pushed it. She pushed it all the way through. We told each other before the race, ‘You and me this whole time.’ We did.”

Junior Emily LaPolla (118th, 21:45.08), junior Becca Orgozaly (142nd, 22:11.90) and sophomore Jenna Scott (178th, 22:53.83) rounded out the top five.

“We really wanted to be in the top five, but six is OK,” Craddock said.

Buckeye sophomore Colin Theis challenged senior Jack Krug of CincinnatiSt. Xavier to the wire bef ore Krug prevailed in the Division I-B boys race 16:47.94-16:48.17.

“He (Krug) took off with a half-mile left,” Theis said. “There was a pack of about six of us. I tried staying with him, but couldn’t. He’s got a good final sprint. I have to practice mine.”

It was a personal record for Theis by 5-6 seconds.

For the second year in a row, the Wadsworth boys team was third in Division I-B. 1. St. Xavier B won with 62, followed by Olentangy Orange (66) and Wadsworth (89).

Sophomore Jon Bach (ninth, 17:20.93), senior Ben Murphy (13th, 17:36.37), freshman Kyle Hibinger (14th, 17:46.48), senior Jeff Batey (20, 17:57.15) and junior Mike Hillegass (33, 18:12.33) comprised Wadsworth’s top five.

Contact Paul Heyse at sports@medina-gazette.com.