Monday, June 17

    Chardon sweeps WRC cross country championships

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    Chardon’s boys’ and girls’ cross country teams outran the pack in winning the 2023 Western Reserve Conference championships on Saturday at Riverside High School.

    The Hilltoppers finished with 33 points to beat second-place Kenston, who scored 40, in the boys’ race, while the girls’ team scored 37 to beat second-place Riverside, who scored 52.

    “It was a great day for the Hilltoppers,” said Chardon girls’ coach Julie Cole. “The guys have been running extremely well all year so their win wasn’t a surprise. The cross country teams doing well is expected at Chardon, so sweeping the titles was gratifying. Kudos to the Kenston boys and Riverside girls. Both of those squads came ready to run so nothing was a ‘for sure.’”

    Chardon’s girls’ team claimed its seventh WRC title in the past nine seasons.

    “Some of the girls have been banged up for a few weeks so it was nice to see them back in the lineup, even if they weren’t at full strength,” Cole said. “We take a lot of pride in the tradition of running well in the postseason, so the mindset was that every point matters. We knew that if we ran anywhere close to our potential, we’d come away with the title. It meant a lot to these girls to bring home the seventh title in the nine years that we’ve been in the WRC.”

    Chardon’s boys’ team claimed the top two places and finished with four of the top 10 runners. Taman Chokshi beat teammate Thomas Nelson by two seconds to claim first place in 15:49.

    Kenston’s Emerson Greene won the girls’ race in 18:49 but Chardon’s Rae Kawalec finished second in 18:59 and three more Hilltoppers finished among the top 10 including Briella Hewitt (4th, 19:38), Eve Downs (8th, 20:22), and Cate Dawson (9th, 20:29).


    1. Chardon 33
    2. Kenston 40
    3. Riverside 85
    4. Mayfield 107
    5. North 135
    6. South 141

    Top 20 Individuals

    1. Taman Chokshi, Chardon 15:49
    2. Thomas Nelson, Chardon 15:51
    3. Kyle McMahan, Kenston 15:56
    4. John Young, Riverside 16:27
    5. Troy Federici, North 16:32
    6. Jacob Nieset, Chardon 16:35
    7. Martin Weber, Kenston 16:39
    8. Joshua Calzada, Chardon 16:42
    9. Christian Lioudis, Kenston 16:47.17
    10. Matthew Collins, Kenston 16:47.17
    11. Sean Tobin, Kenston 16:59
    12. Dominic Fontana, Kenston 17:00
    13. Mason Weber, Riverside 17:02
    14. Jaswant Singh, Mayfield 17:03
    15. Christian Schroeder, Mayfield 17:04
    16. Matthew Sopchak, Chardon 17:08
    17. Matthe Dupnock, North 17:22
    18. Jacob Kovalski, Kenston 17:26
    19. Cash Johnson, Chardon 17:27
    20. Sawyer Damico, Riverside 17:31


    1. Chardon 37
    2. Riverside 52
    3. Kenston 65
    4. Mayfield 88
    5. South 133
    6. North (no score)

    Top 20 Individuals

    1. Emerson Greene, Kenston 18:49
    2. Rae Kawalec, Chardon 18:59
    3. Brianna McIvor, Kenston 19:11
    4. Briella Hewitt, Chardon 19:38
    5. Megan Sullivan, Riverside 19:46
    6. Makena Bremec, Mayfield 19:54
    7. Gabriella D’Amico, Riverside 20:13
    8. Eve Downs, Chardon 20:22
    9. Cate Dawson, Chardon 20:29
    10. Fatima Sardo-Longo, Mayfield 20:35
    11. Tillie O’Donnell, South 20:39
    12. Kate Meinke, Riverside 20:46
    13. Mckenna Blore, Riverside 21:06
    14. Taryn Trem, North 21:08
    15. Mira Polombo, Chardon 21:12
    16. Sydney Toivonen, Riverside 21:18
    17. Lydia Emerine, Chardon 21:18
    18. Mackenzie Villers, Kenston 21:32
    19. Anna Feckanin, Riverside 21:47
    20. Addison Andrews, Chardon 22:00


    Steve Hare
    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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