Wednesday, September 28

    Rangers run well at Solon Invitational

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    North’s cross country teams turned in a solid season-opening performance at the Solon Invitational on Saturday.

    The Rangers set several personal records thanks to a strong summer training program.

    “Overall, I was very pleased with our team’s overall performance,” said North coach Rob Grove. “We had quite a few PRs considering it was only the first race of the season. We finished sixth in the team standings. We had a really solid showing over the summer and the kids put in more miles this summer than the previous couple seasons, which showed in our times.”

    Junior Troy Federici paced the Rangers with a time of 17:11, good for sixth place in the boys’ race.

    “Troy ran really well,” Grove said. “He has set this year’s goal to run sub-17 in the mid 16s. He has worked extremely hard to get where he is. Although he is very quiet, he is also very competitive and doesn’t like to lose.”

    Freshman Matt Dupnock’s varsity debut was successful as he placed 21st in 18:17.

    “His goal was to run sub-19 for the season, which he has already reached in week one,” Grove said. “He is also a dual fall athlete who plays soccer.”

    Sophomore Jake Snyder and senior Matt Colton also finished among the top 40. Snyder was 34th in 19:11 while Colton placed 39th in 20:02.

    Junior Ben Messemer, sophomore Xavier Adams, and senior Jeremy Cwik also ran for North.

    Messemer finished in 20:09, Adams crossed the finish line in 20:52, and Cwik was right behind him in 20:58.

    “Ben spent most of last season injured and has really worked hard and has improved to earn his way up to a varsity spot,” Grove said.

    Junior Taryn Trem led the Rangers in the girls’ race as she finished in 25:37.

    Senior Rachael Vojtush (26:22), juniors Ashley Chase (26:38), and sophomores Alexis Panzarella (25:39) and Dionna Chaney (26:56) also competed.

    “We only have five girls on this year’s team but all five have been working really hard and we are slowly getting better and improving each week,” Grove said.


    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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