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    McGovern paces Blue Devils at Avon Lake

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    Senior Kyle McGovern pushed the 19-minute mark in leading the Independence cross country team at the Avon Lake Early Bird Invitational on Saturday.

    McGovern finished 17th out of 136 runners with a time of 19:01.

    “I was pretty satisfied with my finish,” McGovern said. “Focusing on place rather than time was a solid indicator for how I compare to the competition even though it was a slower day on the course. However, I was still hoping to break 19:00 despite the weather conditions and ended up with a 19:01 on Saturday so there’s room for improvement this year.”

    McGovern hopes to build off of his Top 10 finish.

    “I hope to continue to focus on dropping places and make it back to regionals as well as get my time down into the 17s range,” he said. “Proving to myself that I can stay in the top places this early in the season is great motivation for an achievement I aim to continue this year.”

    James Kitagawa also finished among the top 30 with his time of 20:14 and Carter Peters, Brian Angyal, Nathan Lu, and Dylan Wang placed among the top 70. Peters finished 61st in 21:14, Angyal was 63rd in 21:20, Lu placed 64th in 21:25, and Wang was 69th in 21:46.

    Tate McGovern (22:27), Jack Ottaviano (23:30), and John Paul Musni (23:34) also ran for the Blue Devils.

    Junior Alana Nowak led the girls’ team as she placed ninth overall in 22:20.

    Gianna Carlucci (26:56), Kayla Hujarski (28:55), MaryAnne LeRoy (31:25), Bryanna LeRoy (31:45), Lauren Dalrymple (32:17), and Ellie Polter (35:37) also competed.

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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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