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    Chardon, Kenston win WRC cross country titles

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    BAINBRIDGE—Chardon and Kenston split the Wester Reserve Conference cross country championships on Saturday.

    Chardon dominated the boys’ race as the Hilltoppers finished with 18 points. Kenston was second with 61 and Madison rounded out the top three with 103.

    “(We) came into the race with a plan that we wanted to win as a team,” said Chardon sophomore Taman Chokshi, who won as an individual with a time of 16:15. “We have been working hard all season to get to the state meet and we’re just beginning the start of the postseason. Great things to come for us and a great race overall.”

    Led by Chokshi, Chardon claimed the top four spots in the boys’ race.

    Junior Thomas Nelson finished second in 16:17.5 while senior Colin Snider and junior Makoto Gumpf placed third and fourth in 16:17.7 and 16:24, respectively.

    The Hilltoppers also had junior Karl Dietz and sophomore Joshua Calzada place among the top 10. Dietz placed eighth in 16:55 while Calzada was ninth in 16:58.

    Madison sophomore Alex Kollhoff placed fifth (16:29), North junior Troy Federici was sixth (16:23), and Kenston senior Robert Phillips and junior Kyle McMahan rounded out the top 10.

    Phillips was seventh in 16:41 and McMahan was 10th in 17:01.

    Kenston’s girls’ team defended its home course by edging Chardon for the team title, 39-61. Riverside was third with 68 points.

    Senior Paige Masson led the Bomber contingent with her first-place finish in 19:25.

    “It was amazing,” Masson said. “I couldn’t have done it without my team and the strong pack that we had and all of the training we have done the past three weeks. We worked really hard for this.”

    Kenston junior Emerson Green placed fourth (19:41) and senior Cecelia Paglia was fifth in 19:52.

    Riverside had three runners place among the top 10 including senior Taylor Jasinski, who was second in 19:31, and junior Gabriella D’Amico and sophomore Megan Sullivan, who placed third and 10th, respectively. D’Amico finished in 19:37 while Sullivan was 10th in 20:23.

    Mayfield freshman Makena Bremec finished sixth overall in 19:54 while senior Mai Ly Marella also placed among the top 10 with her eighth-place finish in 20:08.

    Chardon junior Rae Kawalec and freshman Briella Hewitt rounded out the top 10.

    Kawalec was seventh in 20:50 while Hewitt was ninth in 20:10.

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