Kirtland sophomore Ainsley Borthwick finished seventh out of 121 runners at the Avon Lake Early Bird Invitational on Saturday at Lorain Community College.
Borthwick finished the race in 21:57.
“I am satisfied with my time,” Borthwick said. “With the conditions heading into the race, I was expecting a slower time. It was definitely one of the more difficult courses. The hills, heat, and humidity took a lot out of me.”
Last week, Borthwick set a PR with a 20:56 at the Riverside Kickoff Classic Night Invitational.
She followed that up with another strong race on Saturday.
“This season, I have been taking it more seriously,” she said. “Last season was my first, so I was learning how to train and do everything. I am still learning as I continue but this summer I focused a lot on sleep, nutrition and general training that contributed a lot to my success.”
Freshman Izzy Copeland also placed among the top 20 for the Hornets as she finished 17th in 23:27. Junior Stephanie Drazetic place 34th in 25:15 and senior Delaney Kuczkowski was 41st in 26:04.
Jessica Jackson (27:52), Kaitlyn D’Amato (28:14), Josie Copeland (28:19), Claire Dumstorff (28:37), and Maya Hill (33:27) also competed for the Hornets.
Freshman Ben Sherman paced the Kirtland boys’ team as he finished 20th in 19:23.
Ian Borthwick and Brigham Weight both finished among the top 40. Borthwick placed 33rd in 20:26 and Weight was 37th in 20:34.
Jeremy Mrva (21:50), Warren Eveland (22:23), Daniel Booth (25:23), Charlie Whittaker (25:37), Hudson Weight (27:37), and Niko Petrunic (28:35) also ran for Kirtland.