The Kenston boys cross-country team won its program’s first Division I district championship going away during the 17-team meet on Saturday at Madison High School’s 5-kilometer course in Lake County.
Paced by senior David Rosinski’s third-place finish in 15:59.04, with just a 38.41-second gap among the Bombers’ scorers, Kenston captured its title with 40 points, besting runner-up Mentor, 74 points, third-place University School, 90 points, and the rest of the big-school field.
The Kenston boys entered the race ranked No. 8 in the Ohio Association of Track and Cross-Country Coaches poll, while Mentor was ranked No. 9.
University School senior Justin Iler won the individual title in a smoking 15:26.47, besting Mentor senior Nicholas Kozlowski’s runner-up finish in 15:54.60.
Running in Rosinski’s shadow for Kenston, junior Dennis Princic took fourth in 16:00.66 among 107 runners on the course, while junior Tyler McMahan was eighth in 16:27.25, junior Jack Turk finished 12th in 16:37.24 and junior Garrett McConnell took 13th in 16:37.45, while senior Casey Pleune finished 17th in 16:52.62 and junior Nathan Bertman was 28th in 17:10.12 to round out the Bombers’ postseason lineup.
Meanwhile, Iler and company also punched a team berth to regionals.
Also scoring for the Preppers, sophomore Nate Miller finished 14th in 16:37.77, junior Griffin Walsh took 21st in 16:56.60, junior Ben LaFave was 23rd in 16:57.75 and senior Cameron Monesmith took 31st in 17:12.06, while senior Riley Steiner finished 32nd in 17:16.19 and senior Graham Clark was 37th in 17:27.10.
In the girls Division I competition at the Madison District, state No. 12-ranked Shaker Heights won the team title with 36 points, besting runner-up Mentor, 51 points, Chardon, 98 points, Kenston, 108 points, and Mayfield, 113 points, all of which secured regional berths.
Led by a pair of top-10 finishes in the 76-runner field, Lady Bomber sophomore Jocelyn Van Skyhock took eighth in 19:30.98 and sophomore Jennifer Kapcio came in ninth in 19:41.54.
Also scoring for the Kenston girls, sophomore Kathryn Klotz finished 22nd in 20:40.60, senior Sarah Bennett took 32nd in 21:17.39 and freshman Madeline Ramsey was 37th in 21:27.54, while juniors Amelia Witmer-Rich, 22:07.13, and Summer Davidson, 23:03.00, rounded out the Lady Bombers’ varsity lineup.
Although the Kenston girls team is ranked No. 11 in the state and has a full bill of health, four of the Lady Bombers’ top runners have not competed for three straight weeks as the result of a coach’s decision. But they are being considered to return for the regional meet.
In the Division I Trumbull District, meanwhile, the Solon boys finished runners-up and the Lady Comets advanced two runners to regionals as individuals on Saturday at the county fairgrounds’ 5-kilometer course in Cortland.
The defending state champions and No. 1-ranked Hudson boys won the team title with 47 points, besting state No. 3-ranked Solon, 56 points, Aurora, 109 points, Boardman, 120 points, and the rest of the 17-team field.
Boardman senior Mitchel Dunham won the race in 15:53.25, besting Aurora sophomore runner-up Matthew Singleton, 16:08.53, and Boardman junior Frank Bero, 16:11.67, in the 102-runner field.
Solon was paced by junior Johnny Cicero, who took fourth in 16:15.72, but the Comets had just a 21.14-second gap among their front five runners.
Also scoring for Solon, senior Matthew Costanzo finished 10th in 16:28.04, sophomore Ryan Goldfeder took 13th in 16:34.09, senior Sam Young was 14th in 16:35.03 and junior Nathan Close finished 15th in 16:36.86, while freshman James Howell took 23rd in 17:03.79 and senior Ben Shafron was 30th in 17:13.15 to round out the varsity lineup.
In the girls competition, Solon finished sixth with 130 points, while Twinsburg was fifth with 115 points to get the final spot out of the district. State No. 15-ranked Hudson won the team title with 41 points, besting runner-up Howland’s 84 points.
Securing top-20 finishes to advance to regionals as individuals, Solon sophomore Ellie Radis took third in 19:16.36, while sophomore Jada Freeman finished ninth in 19:39.65 among 92 runners in the field.
Howland freshman Megan Hipple won the individual title in 18:56.04, while Hudson junior Brenna Beucler was runner-up in 19:12.78.
Up next, the Kenston girls, as well as Solon’s Radis and Freeman, will compete in the Division I Youngstown Region meet at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Boardman High School, where the top eight teams and those individuals who finish in the top 32 advance to states.
The Kenston, Solon and University boys will compete at 3 p.m.