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    Rangers rev up for postseason push

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    North’s cross country teams opened the postseason at the Western Reserve Conference meet on Saturday at Kenston.

    The Rangers finished seventh in the boys’ race and sixth in the girls’ contest.

    Senior Jason Reik was North’s top finisher as he placed 16th overall with a new personal best time of 17:23.

    “I was content with my place and time but I felt like I could have done better,” Reik said. “It’s a personal PR on the season, so I was at least happy with that.”

    Reik and the Rangers will compete at the Madison District on Saturday.

    He hope to become the first Ranger to qualify for the regional meet since 2016.

    “With districts next week, I feel very prepared to perform up to my expectations to hopefully get into the low 17s,” he said. “My goal is to stay in running shape since this is my last year of cross country.”

    Troy Federici (19:11), Matt Colton (19:39), Ethan Karis (19:51), John Keough (19:58), Alex McNally (20:00), Anthony Cirino (20:21), David Vaiksnoras (20:24), Gabe Meros (20:31), Bryan Duda (20:38), Andrew McCabe (21:40) and Ben Messemer (22:03) also ran for the Rangers.

    Rachael Vojtush led the North girls’ team as she finished 23rd in 20:49.

    Jillian Ayres (27th, 21:15), and Jessica Gotti (36th, 21:55) also finished among the top 50.

    Kyra Kiessling (24:16), Abby Richardson (24:18), Melanie Wayts (25:07), Matison Schmitz (25:16), Ashley Chase (27:11) and Olivia Godshall (27:12) also competed.

    The Division I boys’ district race will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Madison on Saturday while the girls will run at 2:10.

    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    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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