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The Nordonia High School boys and girls cross country squads are preparing for the upcoming and all-important postseason meets by competing against some of the best teams in both the region and the state.
Recently, that competition has included the Boardman Spartan Invitational and the Fleet Feet Strongsville Invitational. The former took place Sept. 17 at Boardman High School.
The Nordonia boys finished 20th overall in a field of 46 teams at the Spartan Invitational with 630 points. Solon won the meet with 70 points, while Hudson was second (168 points) and Cleveland St. Ignatius placed third (184 points).
Senior Tommy Masteller led the way for Nordonia, finishing 59th with a time of 17:32.4. In addition, sophomore Matt Korodi was 115th in 18:09.6 and sophomore Tyler Mosher finished 146th in 18:31.6.
Rounding out the top five for the Knights were sophomore Nick Orzechowski in 147th place (18:31.7) and freshman Jayden Wimbush in 163rd place (18:42.2).
On the girls' side at Boardman, Nordonia finished 15th overall in a field of 41 teams with 450 points. Twinsburg captured the team title with 123 points, while Avon placed second (199 points) and Cleveland St. Joseph Academy was third (203 points).
Sophomore Kayla Vasarhelyi paced the Lady Knights, finishing 41st with a time of 20:59.2, while junior Lizzy Gurko was 82nd in 21:28.5 and sophomore Hannah Hover placed 92nd in 21:38.9. The rest of the top five for Nordonia were juniors Kendra Lippincott (112th in 21:53.8) and Carmen Licht (123rd in 22:05.7).
On Sept. 24 was the date of the Fleet Feet Strongsville Invitational at Strongsville High School. The Nordonia boys finished 14th overall in a field of 20 squads with 342 points.
Hudson won the meet with 76 points. Louisville finished second with 76 points, losing the tiebreaker to the Explorers, and Medina placed third with 87 points.
Masteller led the way once again for Nordonia, placing 30th with a time of 16:47.9. Korodi was next, finishing in 60th place with an effort of 17:16.6.
Rounding out the top five for the Knights were Orzechowski (79th in 17:39.7), Wimbush (85th in 17:42.5), and senior Andrew Wahl (88th in 17:46.4).
The Nordonia girls, on the other hand, were 13th in a field of 24 teams with 369 points. Olentangy Liberty was first in the team standings (121 points), while Medina was second (128 points) and Twinsburg ended up third (131 points).
Vasarhelyi was at the front of the pack for the Lady Knights, grabbing 31st place with a time of 19:46.2. Hover was next in 70th place with an effort of 20:40.0.
Sophomore Abby Rice was Nordonia's third runner, crossing the finish line in 71st place right behind Hover at 20:40.3. The Lady Knights' fourth and fifth runners were junior Kayla Buck (83rd in 20:53.0) and sophomore Ava Gravino (115th in 21:21.5), respectively.
On Oct. 8, the Knights and Lady Knights will be in action at the Medina Invitational.