Rangers rev up for postseason push

North Cross Country

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.