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Cuyahoga Falls boys cross country team places eighth at Seneca East

by Frank Aceto Associate Sports Editor Published: September 4, 2016 12:00 AM

Several runners needed medical attention due to the brutally hot weather.

Fortunately for the Black Tigers, they seemed to be oblivious to such conditions.

The Cuyahoga Falls boys cross country team finished eighth with 215 points in the 15-team Black Division of the Seneca East Tiger Cross Country Classic Aug. 27 in Attica.

Lexington won the competition with a score of 67 points and Medina (74) and Ashland (121) placed second and third, respectively.

With so many Black Tiger runners competing in a 5K race for the first time, Falls coach Bob Koch may have been a little worried about how they would handle the conditions.

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He's not worried any more.

"I was very pleased with the way they ran," Koch said. "It was over 100 degrees when we started the race. The vast majority of the race was out in the sun. Mentally, they could have lost it easily, but they handled the pressure well." Maumee's Zak Kirk finished first out of 292 runners with a time of 16 minutes, 1.28 seconds.

Kyle Wilson led Falls with a 23rd-place time of 17:45.15.

Jack Wilcoxson was the Black Tigers' next runner. He placed 39th in 18:15.83.

Rounding out Falls' top five were Bronson Luksza (45th, 18:25.41), Jay Wilson (61st, 18:47.31) and Anthony Nichols (64th, 18:50.91).

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"Jay dropped 1:16 from last year on this course and Bronson dropped 23 seconds," Koch said.

Also running in the varsity race were Tommy Hillyer (71st, 19:01.43) and Anthony Sondles (82nd, 19:09.75).

Other Black Tigers who competed were Cody Zrelak, Andrew Kuntz, Tom Gregory, Sterling Hanselman, Zach Langbein and Jared Weckerly.

"Our kids ran two miles faster than they did last week at Firestone," Koch said. "They ran a good, strong third mile. Looking at the splits tells me they can go faster."

The Black Tigers were scheduled to compete at the Suburban League Super Duals Sept. 3 at Silver Creek Metro Park in Norton. Results were not available at press time.

Falls is set to compete at the Tomahawk Run at Walsh Jesuit High School. Racing is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

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