Monday, March 27

    Borthwick earns Top 10 finish at Avon Lake

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    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.

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    Steve Hare
    The creator and publisher of, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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