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    Kirtland girls dominate CVC cross country meet

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    MIDDLEFIELD–If cross country had a mercy rule Kirtland’s girls’ team would have invoked it in winning the 2023 Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division championship.

    The Hornets secured the top three individual places, five of the top 10, and had all nine runners finish among the top 23.

    “It just means we have a bunch of runners and great girls who put in a lot of hard work all year long,” said Kirtland coach J.P. Moran, who was named Valley Division Coach of the Year. “They ran great today and this was really special for us. We were going for our fourth consecutive, which is an all-time school record for girls’ cross country at Kirtland, so we knew it was really special.”

    Kirtland’s fourth straight conference title likely won’t be their last as their top five runners are underclassmen led by junior Ainsley Borthwick who was named the league’s Most Valuable Runner after winning the Valley Division race in 19:46.

    Sophomore Izzie Copeland and junior Syliva Vosicky finished second and third in 20:56 and 21:09, respectively.

    Junior Grace Mastrangelo and sophomore Megan Urbanick also finished among the top 10. Mastrangelo placed eighth in 22:30 and Urbanick was 10th in 22:48. Seniors Jessy Jackson and Stephanie Drazetic finished 13th and 16th in 23:10 and 23:40, respectively. Sophomore Kaitlyn D’Amato placed 20th in 24:19 and senior Claire Dumstorff finished 23rd in 25:03.

    The top eight runners earned first-team All-CVC honors while runners 9-16 were named second-team.

    Kirtland’s boys’ team placed fifth overall.

    Freshman Joey Ciavarelli earned first-team honors with a seventh-place finish in 18:44.

    Freshman Ben Brandal placed 18th in 19:44, senior Daniel Booth finished 29th in 21:55, junior Jeremy Mrva ran to a 33rd place in 22:26, senior Luke Emlaw finished 36th in 23:26, junior Sean Kats placed 38th in 23:54, and sophomore Andrew Kostelnik was 40th in 30:33.

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    Jack Gillespie contributed to this story.

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    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, 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 IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com 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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