HEBRON — Trevor Norris wore the look of both pain and disgust in the finish chute at Saturday’s Division I state cross country championships.
The Avon Lake senior had high hopes of a top 15 or possibly top 10 finish, but it didn’t happen.
Norris finished 24th out of 154 runners with a time of 15 minutes, 58.17 seconds. It was good enough for All-Ohio honors (top 25), but it wasn’t good enough for his expectations.
“We took it out fast,” said Norris, who opened with a 4:49 mile. “I just didn’t bring it home. I really began to feel lousy at the two-mile mark. I was working at the front of the second pack and probably in about 15th place.
“Dan Zupan (of Berea) came up on me (at around 2.5 miles) and I tried hanging with him, but I just couldn’t.”
As badly as Norris felt about his performance, it was far from disastrous. In fact, it was the second-fastest time of his career, second only to his second-place time at the Tiffin regional (15:52.41). Norris’ seed time was the No. 6 fastest in the state coming out of the regional.
Before regionals, his best time was 16:13. Norris’ fastest time as a junior was 16:37.
“I was hoping to run faster,” said Norris. “I just didn’t feel it today. I couldn’t find my stride. I felt like I was pushing it from the 800 mark. I might have gone out a little too fast. I probably should have gone between 4:55 and 5:00. I went after it. You have to go after it. I just didn’t have that second gear.”
Norris is the Avon Lake boys’ first All-Ohio runner since Brian Anderson finished 22nd at the 1998 Division II state meet (16:24).
“He was probably too fast up front too soon,” said Avon Lake boys coach Rob Juergens. “I had him 2:18 at the half mile. So it’s not even the first mile that’s ‘blazing,’ which it was. I think they all (the race leaders) paid for it because the winning time was 15:21.
“This year there was no clear-cut guy like a Zach Wills (of Mason, three-time winner 2009-11) who’s going to go out and let them go. I think there were a lot of guys looking to do well.”
Reynoldsburg senior Tsehaye Hiluf won the Division I race in 15:21.52. Tipp City Tippecanoe senior Sam Wharton, son of 1984 Avon High graduate Jim Wharton, was second (15:24.98).
Avon sophomore Austin Fasciana was 50th in the Division I boys race with a time of 16:22.50.
“I knew that this was a very loaded field. It was the best of the best,” said Fasciana. “I was able to hold onto my position throughout the race. My splits were what they needed to be (4:55, 10:20).”
Elyria Catholic junior Michaela Foisy finished 45th out of 150 runners in the Division III girls race with a time of 20:00.39. It was a personal record by nine seconds.
“I couldn’t read the finish clock until I saw it read 19:58,” said Foisy. “It was a very fast pace, but it felt good. The first mile was tight because the field was still so congested, but after that it was fine. I went through two miles at 12:40. The third mile may have been where I let up a little bit.”
Liberty Center freshman Brittany Atkinson won in 18:27.91.
The state championships were held for the first time at National Trail Raceway, a dragstrip about 20 miles east of Columbus.
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1. Dublin Coffman, 101; 2. St. Ignatius, 120; 3. Walsh Jesuit, 128; 4. Hilliard Davidson, 149; 5. Solon, 160; 6. St. Xavier, 189; 7. Powell Olentangy, 190; 8. Toledo St. Francis, 217; 9. Mason, 237; 10. Medina, 248; 11. Brunswick, 253; 12. Westerville North, 260; 13. Hudson, 260; 14. Massillon Jackson, 293; 15. Centerville, 294; 16. Kings Mills King, 299
Individual results — top 5
1. Tsehaye Hilaf (Reynoldsburg), 15:21.52; 2. Sam Wharton (Tip City Tippecanoe), 15:24.98; 3. Willy Fink (Maumee), 15:26.53; 4. Nick Pupino (Copley), 15:27.65; 5. Mark Hadley (Boardman), 15:31.48
Local runners: 24. Trevor Norris (Avon Lake), 15:58.17; 50. Austin Fasciana (Avon), 16:22.50
1. Liberty Center, 65; 2. Coldwater, 82; 3. West Liberty-Salem, 111; 4. Versailles, 149; 5. Fort Loramie, 175; 6. Mount Gilead, 179; 7. Cortland Maplewood, 201; 8. Minster, 203; 9. Gilmour Academy, 224; 10. Crestview, 232; 11. Findlay Liberty-Benton, 236; 12. Berkshire, 238; 13. McDonald, 266; 14. Columbus Academy, 321; 15. Fort Frye, 347; 16. Lanscaster Fisher Catholic, 372
Individual results — top 5
1. Brittany Atkinson (Liberty Center), 18:27.51; 2. Christina Seas (Coldwater), 18:29.92; 3. Fallon Doyle (Bellaire St. John), 18:35.81; 4. Emily Roberts (Fredricktown), 18:46.75; 5. Tammy Berger (Versailles), 18:51.50
Local runner: 45. Michael Foisy (Elyria Catholic), 20:00.39