The Woodridge girls and boys cross country teams are state-bound together following Division II regional championships Saturday at Boardman.
Senior Madison Spreitzer won the Division II girls race in 19 minutes, 25.94 seconds and Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy junior Sammy Bockoven placed second in 19:29.41.
“This was an awesome day, just a great day for our program,” Woodridge coach Jeff Howard said. “The kids have been patient and have worked hard. I don’t think we are necessarily the most talented, but our kids are disciplined and they ran well.”
CVCA junior Ryan Adams won the Division II boys race in 16:12.82. Chagrin Falls sophomore Joseph Bistritz finished second in 16:24.79.
Woodridge topped the girls field with 41 points and St. Vincent-St. Mary was second with 44 points. Crestwood (129) and CVCA (137) rounded out the top four teams to advance to the state meet next week in Hebron.
The Bulldogs won with their pack of five scoring runners all within the top 14. Spreitzer was first, junior Julia Moore placed eighth, and seniors Allyson Dryer and Erin Kiley and freshman Natalie Fleming crossed the finish line 12th, 13th and 14th, respectively.
“Madison Spreitzer is really unbelievable,” Howard said. “She is running out of her mind. She is running with so much confidence and just knows how to race. She is confident in her training and all of the girls are. Julia Moore ran a really great race too. All of the girls did great.”
St. V-M senior Julia Mendiola (19:36.72) and sophomore Rachel Iacofano (19:37.61) were third and fourth, and Triway junior Jen Muhlenkamp (19:38.05) was fifth in the girls race.
St. V-M juniors Cynthia Haas and Shea O’Brien, Canton Central Catholic sophomore Rachel Reolfi and Crestwood senior Challis Roberts also placed in the top 16 to advance to state.
Woodridge scored 95 points to place first on the boys side. CVCA was second with 129 points, Chagrin Falls was third with 130 points and Field was fourth with 154 points.
Senior John Harry was Woodridge’s highest placer at 11th in 17:04.08. Junior Noah Bullock and seniors Andrew Stewart, Kyle Jarvis and Gabe Boyd also scored for Woodridge.
“John Harry ran a great race and Noah Bullock was our seventh runner about a mile and half through, and ended up being our No. 2 runner,” Howard said. “We have had five different No. 1 guys this year. I am just excited for my guys.”
CVCA senior Ben Bockoven finished third in the boys race in 16:37.69 and Northwestern senior Shane Berger was fourth in 16:45.65.
Other area runners in the top 16 were: Marlington junior Ty Raybuck, Field senior Nathan Conroy, Northwest junior Alex Vales and Crestwood sophomore Jacob Ondash.
St. Thomas Aquinas sophomore Athena Welsh placed second in the Division III girls race in 19:34.28 to guide the Knights to a second-place team finish.
United senior Allison Parks won in 19:33.67.
Gilmour Academy won the girls title with 48 points and Aquinas was second with 70 points. Freshman Kalee Soehnlen was eighth and senior Molly Pusateri was 13th for Aquinas.
Independence and Berkshire also advanced.
Maplewood won the Division III boys race with 82 points. Seneca East, McDonald and Gilmour Academy also advanced. McDonald senior Bobby Johnson won the Division III boys race in 16:02.33. Smithville senior Tommy Weiner and Black River sophomore Tanner Hawley are also state qualifiers.
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