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    Polman earns All-Ohio honors for second time


    After an injury slowed down Tyler Polman during the 2014 season, the Independence junior finished sixth in the OHSAA Division III state cross country meet on Saturday to earn All-Ohio honors for the second time in three seasons.

    Polman also finished sixth in the state meet as a freshman in 2013.

    “It feels great to earn All-Ohio status for the second time since my freshman year,” Polman said. “This was much better than last year as I sat in the stands with a stress fracture watching the state meet and thinking that I should be out there with the top guys.”

    Maplewood senior Tristan Dahmen won the race with a time of 15:18.8. It was his second straight title after finishing second in 2013 and 33rd in 2012.

    Antwerp’s Sam Williamson finished second with a time of 15:36.7.

    “I believe that Dahmen and Williamson were kind of out of range but I believe that if I was a little more conservative and went out about five seconds slower then I would have had a much stronger finish and possibly placed higher up,” Polman said. “I was happy that I ran sub-16:00, but again, I believe that I could have possibly ran a (personal record) and placed higher up had I gone out a tad slower.”

    Polman finished the first mile in 4:46.1, less than one second slower than the top three finishers. He hit the two-mile mark in 10:05.06, 15 seconds behind Dahmen.

    “I got out a little too hard and paid the price for it late in the race,” Polman said. “I paid for it the last mile when two athletes kicked me down in the last 600 meters. Overall, making the podium and earning All-Ohio status made for a good performance and it motivates me to come back stronger next year.”

    Independence’s Dana Zaccardelli placed 59th in the girls race with a time of 20:15.1.


    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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