With eight Division I teams in a high school cross-country race, there’s usually some steady competition among rival runners up front.
But the Kenston boys didn’t care about the norm when they recorded a perfect one-two-three-four-five finish to win their fifth consecutive league banner during the Western Reserve Conference meet Saturday at their home 5-kilometer course in Bainbridge.
Scoring a perfect 15 points, the state No. 7-ranked Bombers, according to the Ohio Association of Track and Cross-Country Coaches poll, left nothing but scraps for runner-up Riverside, 59 points, Chardon, 73 points, Mayfield, 115 points, and the rest of the field.
Not to mention, Kenston’s sixth and seventh runners cracked the 17-minute barrier to finish in the top 10. The Bombers had no returners who ran sub-17:00 from last year’s league meet.
On Saturday, Kenston was led by MVP senior David Rosinski’s triumph in 16:09, while junior Dennis Princic was runner-up in 16:13, junior Jack Turk took third in 16:20.4, junior Tyler McMahan was fourth in 16:34.4 and junior Garrett McConnell finished fifth in 16:38 for just a 29-second gap in the pack.
Riverside junior Zebadiah Zuber finally represented a different jersey when he crossed the finish line in 16:44.9 to take sixth, while Kenston junior Maxwell Reardon finished ninth in 16:57.5 and Kenston junior Nathan Bertman was 10th in 16:58 to round out the Bombers’ varsity squad.
The host Bombers didn’t put a cap on the number of entries per team in the varsity race, so there were 155 runners in the field.
Kenston junior Owen Orlowski, 17:29.1, sophomore Braden Hunt, 17:34, and freshman Robert Phillips, 17:39.9, also had top performances for the Bombers. In fact, 14 of Kenston’s top 15 runners are non-seniors, which spells trouble for WRC foes in years to come.
In the girls race, Chardon won the team title with 34 points, Mayfield was runner-up with 58 points and Kenston took third with 76 points. Although, the state No. 9-ranked Lady Bombers were without four of their top scoring runners for the second straight week.
Leading the Kenston girls on Saturday, sophomore Jenny Kapcio finished third overall in 19:45.2 among 115 runners in the field. She was bested only by Chardon junior champion Andrea Mann, 18:45, and Riverside junior runner-up Cheyenne Durda, 19:30.7.
Also scoring for the Lady Bombers, senior Sarah Bennett took 13th in 20:42.7, junior Amelia Witmer-Rich finished 15th in 20:52.9, sophomore Katie Klotz was 17th in 20:57.4 and freshman Madeline Ramsey took 28th in 21:47.8, while freshman Eden Truax, 22:13.1, and junior Summer Davidson, 22:14.4, rounded out the varsity squad.
Up next, Kenston will compete in the 19-team Division I district meet on Saturday at Madison High School, with the girls racing at 11:45 a.m. and the boys racing at 1:30 p.m.