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Cuyahoga Falls girls cross country team defeats Firestone in debut

by Frank Aceto Associate Sports Editor Published: August 28, 2016 12:00 AM
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The course was only two miles, so it might not totally determine how well they perform on the standard three-mile courses.

Nonetheless, it was quite a stellar debut for the Lady Black Tigers.

The host Cuyahoga Falls girls cross country opened its season with a 22-33 victory over Firestone Aug. 23 at Bolich Middle School.

The Lady Black Tigers took the top three spots and all five of Falls' runners finished in the top 10.

"I was thrilled," Lady Black Tigers head coach Dan Scourfield said. "The girls ran on that same course at the same time last year and they were markedly faster this year. They are working hard in practice and are ahead of their time trials."

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Kayla Huffman won the race with a time of 13 minutes, 27 seconds. Emily Zimmerman took second in 13:42 and Kayla's younger sister, Chelsea Huffman placed third (14:33).

Rounding out the top five for Falls were Valerie Deighton (seventh, 14:52) and Melody Lewis (ninth, 15:00). Also competing for the Lady Black Tigers were Anna Johnston (11th, 15:11) and Meredith Gallagher (12th, 15:24).

With the rest of Falls' races will be 3.1 miles, Scourfield knows his runners will have to approach races differently the rest of the way.

But the coach is encouraged about the future.

"That extra mile is difficult, especially for middle school teams," Scourfield said. "They can negotiate the 2-mile. The third mile takes them awhile to figure out. The difference between two miles and 5,000 meters is being able to manage their energy. You want to make sure you don't go out too fast.

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"We had a 11 or12 brand new runners who got run a cross country meet for the first time. There were a lot of positives."

The Lady Black Tigers were scheduled to compete at hte Seneca Tiger Classic Aug. 28 at Seneca East High School in Attica. Results were not available at press time.

They are set to run at the Suburban League Super Duals Sept. 3 at Silver Creek Metro Park in Norton. The race is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

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