Independence girls finish second at Medina District

Independence Cross Country

Independence’s girls’ cross country team finished second at the Division III Medina District to earn an automatic berth in the regional meet next weekend.

Emily Skoczen led the way for the Blue Devils as she finished eighth with a time of 20:36.

“I’m so proud of my team and how far we’ve come and grown over the season,” Skoczen said. “Finishing second solidified all the work we’ve put in and I can’t wait to move onto regionals with them. My times have been dropping over the season so I’m glad to see that and I’m happy with my eighth place as well. I hope next week to drop my time even more and place high enough to qualify.”

Makenna McGhee finished ninth (20:40), Erica Esper was 14th (21:10) and Sonia Sajovie also finished among the top 20 with a 19th place finish in 21:32.

Gabby McGreevy finished 29th (22:05), Izabell McGreevy was 36th (22:36) and Jordan Kohut placed 80th in 26:26.

Collin Patton qualified for regionals as an individual in the boys’ race. He finished 10th with a time of 17:31.

“I am very happy with my time and my place,” Patton said. “I just told myself to not worry about time and only focus on place and I ended up having a good time in the process.”

Patton recognizes the monumental challenge of qualifying for the state meet. With that in mind, he plans to run wild at regionals.

“I already know states is out of the question, but I’d like to end the season with a bang,” he said. “I’m going to run with no regard to position and just see what I can pull together.”

P.J. Oschmann finished 21st for the Blue Devils with a time of 18:13 and Wyatt Balser and Thorin Chappel finished in 72nd and 89th place, respectively, with times of 20:53 and 23:30.

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