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Cuyahoga Falls girls cross country has off-day at Super Duals

by Frank Aceto Associate Sports Editor Published: September 11, 2016 12:00 AM
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They didn't get a single victory, but the Lady Black Tigers learned a little about themselves at the Suburban League Super Duals.

And Cuyahoga Falls head girls cross country coach Dan Scourfield feels far more comfortable about his team's chances at the conference meet down the road.

The Lady Black Tigers finished 0-7 in the National Conference of the Suburban League Super Duals Sept. 3 at Silver Creek Metro Park in Norton.

Falls lost to Brecksville-Broadview Heights (22-39), North Royalton (22-35), Twinsburg (18-44), Hudson (18-45), Stow-Munroe Falls (18-43), Wadsworth (26-29) and Nordonia (20-43).

Despite the 0-7 record, Scourfield was pleased with his team's effort.

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"We ran better than the week before," he said. "We have a lot of room to grow. We have so many new runners. Down the road, they will have a much better idea of how to race a 5K."

Highland's pair of AnnaMarie DiGiacco and Kaylie Kenne placed first and second, respectively, with times of 18 minutes, 51 seconds and 19:03.

The race, which had 140 runners, featured competitors from both the National and American conferences.

Emily Zimmerman led Falls with a 15th-place time of 20:31.

Chelsea Huffman was next in 48th (21:44) and her sister Kayla Huffman had a bit an off-day with a 74th-place time of 22:24.

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"Kayla had a bad day," Scourfield said. "It happens. Emily and Chelsea ran better than they did last week."

Rounding out the top five for the Lady Black Tigers were Anna Johnston (88th, 22:55) and Melody Lewis (91st, 23:02).

"It was Anna's first 5K ever," Scourfield said

Also competing for Falls were Valerie Deighton (93rd, 23:14) and Meredith Gallagher (95th, 23:15).

"Meredith ran her first 5K ever," Scourfield said. "The younger girls are learning and the upperclassmen are helping them learn."

In the open race, Natalie Huryn led the way with a 65th-place time of 25:04. Payton Veto was next for the Lady Black Tigers in 102nd (26:08) and Mikayla Shaffer finished 123rd (26:43).

Rounding out the top five for Falls were Zoe King (142nd, 27:03) and Kearan Barnett (169th, 28:02).

The Lady Black Tigers were scheduled to run in the Tomahawk Run Sept. 10 at Walsh Jesuit High School. Results were not available at press time.

Falls is set to compete at the Galion Cross Country Festival Sept. 17 at Amann Reservoir and Park. Racing is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

"Every meet is going to be an opportunity for the new runners," Scourfield said. "They are going to continue to learn how to race a 5K. I would imagine every time they go out, they will experience something different."

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