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High school cross country: Elyria's Emily Nemeth and Columbia's Matt Pettegrew get wins at Open Door Invitational

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    Runners from Firelands and Brookside get off to a quick start at the Open Door Invitational at Royal Oaks Park in Grafton Tuesday.

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    Elyria's Emily Nemeth takes the lead over Columbia's Madeleine Finton on the way to winning the Open Door Cross Country Invitational on Tuesday.

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    Columbia's Matt Pettegrew leads the field on lap one at the Open Door Invitational at Royal Oaks Park in Grafton Tuesday.

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    Columbia's Matt Pettegrew leads the field on lap one at the Open Door Invitational at Royal Oaks Park in Grafton Tuesday.

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    Elyria's Emily Nemeth heads for the finish line at the Open Door Invitational at Royal Oaks Park in Grafton on Tuesday.

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    Columbia's Matt Pettegrew leads the field on lap one at the Open Door Invitational at Royal Oaks Park in Grafton Tuesday.

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    Columbia's Matt Pettegrew heads for the finish line in front of supporters at the Open Door Invitational at Royal Oaks Park in Grafton Tuesday.

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GRAFTON — Elyria senior Emily Nemeth kept her focus to take home the girls individual championship at the 31st Open Door Cross Country Invitational held at Royal Oaks Metro Parks.

Nemeth and Columbia freshman Madeleine Finton jostled for position in front in the race’s first half-mile, which was part of Finton’s plan. Nemeth was able to fight her way past Finton and waited for an opportunity to pull away.

When she saw the chance, Nemeth took it, finishing in 20:33.5, 14 seconds in front of Finton, who finished in 20:47.3.

“She kept boxing me in,” Nemeth said of the start of the race. “It was all right until she pushed me all the way over. I just had to get around her because I couldn’t waste more energy on that.”

Although just a freshman, Finton knew what she was doing.

“In the beginning I was a little fast,” said Finton, who had her best time as a high school runner. “I tried to make her upset and kind of play with her mind a little bit, but that got to me, too. She’s really strong. But I liked how I ran today.”

Nemeth said Finton kept the pressure on the entire race.

“I could feel her behind me and heard her splashing water and mud,” she said. “The first time through the back part I could see her kind of glance off. I decided I was going to take off there and try to get further out ahead.”

Nemeth is looking to improve the next time she runs.

“I was hoping to break 20 (minutes) again today, but that didn’t happen,” she said. “We have the next 10 days off and I’m going to work harder so when we go to Black River next I can break 20.”

Brookside won the girls team title with 53 points, topping Vermilion (67 points) and Elyria (74). Alicia Fike was first across the finish line for Brookside with a time of 21:10.3. Firelands’ Allessandra Davis (21:18.4) and MacKenzie Allsop (22:07.4) rounded out the top five.

In the boys race, Columbia junior Matt Pettegrew took the lead early and cruised to the title by eight seconds over Vermilion’s Isaac Lindo.

“I wanted to start the pace off strong today and try to hold it,” Pettegrew said. “I like the course, it was fast and pretty flat. After the first uphill stretch I had the lead the whole race.”

Pettegrew finished in 17:05.3 while Lindo ran a 17:13.5.

Lindo tried to close the distance at the end, but Pettegrew held him off.

“I heard his footsteps and knew he was coming,” Pettegrew said. “I knew I had to pick it up.”

Lindo overcame a bad start to finish second. He credited Sailors teammate Luke See with helping him get back into the race.

“Luke was in front of me the entire time and pushed me to get up there with him,” Lindo said. “It was a very good race. I got an awful start and was probably in 30th or 40th place. Once we got to the straightaway by the 2-mile marker everyone kind of spread out and I was able to get up near the front.”

Lindo said Pettegrew was able to answer every challenge.

“I’ve raced against him before so I wanted to try to stay with him,” Lindo said. “It seemed like when I thought he was falling back a little bit and would push him, he would push back. He’s competitive.”

Bay won the boys team championship with 44 points. Columbia (82) finished second, Open Door (115) third and Vermilion (137) fourth.

Contact Mike Perry at (440) 329-7135 or macsportstalk@gmail.com.

Girls

Team standings: 1. Brookside 53, 2. Vermilion 67, 3. Elyria 74, 4. Firelands 97, 5. Open Door 97, 6. Hearts for Jesus 133, 7. Cuyahoga Heights 172, 8. Lawrence 221, 9. St. Martin dePorres 263

Individual results (top 25): 1. Emily Nemeth (Elyria) 20:33.5, 2. Madeleine Finton (Columbia) 20:47.3, 3. Alicia Fike (Brookside) 21:10.3, 4. Alessandra Davis (Firelands) 21:18.4, 5. MacKenzie Allsop (Firelands) 22:07.4, 6. Mackenzie Glass (Brookside) 22:12.6, 7. Mona Mchaourab (Lake Ridge) 22:17.52, 8. Maggie Eck (Open Door) 22:42.4, 9. Maggie Hoffman (Vermilion) 22:50.6, 10. Emma Morrow (Cuyahoga Heights) 22:58.5, 11. Marissa Meyers (Brookside) 23:08.4, 12. Alexandra Velazquez (Open Door) 23:16.9, 13. Clara Smith (Vermilion) 23:17.8, 14. Janae Johnson (Oberlin) 23:21.5, 15. Maggie Rossi (Vermilion) 23:26.2, 16. Grace Anthony (Hearts for Jesus) 23:36.7, 17. Alyssa Allen (Elyria) 23:38.0, 18. Maria Gilles (Lake Ridge) 23:44.1, 19. Caitlin Zickefoose (Open Door) 23:46.2, 20. Allison Leopold (Vermilion) 23:48.7, 21. Julia Hamilton (Elyria) 23:51.4, 22. Autumn Saddler (Brookside) 24:28.3, 23. Olivia Triplett (Lorain) 24:30.4, 24. Rachel Landis (Brookside) 24:33.1, 25. Jacqueline Sopko (Elyria) 24:36.7

Boys

Team standings: 1. Bay 44, 2. Columbia 82, 3. Open Door 115, 4. Vermilion 137, 5. Lake Ridge 141, 6. Sandusky 154, 7. Firelands 181, 8. Wellington 211, 9. Cuyahoga Heights 231, 10. Elyria 255, 11. Brookside 255, 12. Clearview 341, 13. St. Martin dePorres 375, 14. Lawrence 381, 15. Hearts for Jesus 473.

Individual results (top 25): 1. Matt Pettegrew (Columbia) 17:05.3, 2. Isaac Lindo (Vermilion) 17:13.5, 3. Luke See (Vermilion) 17:17.5, 4. Josh Calderon (Sandusky) 17:43.3, 5. Ezra Fleeman (Bay) 17:51.4, 6. Logan Yessayan (Bay) 17:52.0, 7. Jared Swartz (Columbia) 17:53.8, 8. Isiaih Torres (Elyria) 18:00.4, 9. Sam Young (Bay) 18:03.5, 10. Dylan Coble (Lake Ridge) 18:04.1, 11. Jacob Feicks (Bay) 18:10.1, 12. Charlie Yonts (Firelands) 18:11.3, 13. Kenzie Deibel (Bay) 18:12.2, 14. Malci Rhodes (Sandusky) 18:12.5, 15. Adrian Woods (Bay) 18:14.8, 16. Brian Barta (Columbia) 18:21.4, 17. Zach Baldwin (Firelands) 18:21.5, 18. Nassiem Salem (Cuyahoga Heights) 18:26.6, 19. Jay Lin (Open Door) 18:35.6, 20. Matt Prill (Lake Ridge) 18:40.0, 21. Caleb Daniel (Open Door) 18:47.7, 22. Andrew Mohrbach (Brookside) 18:52.6, 23. Taylor Cloaizzi (Sandusky) 18:55.3, 24. Gavin Dobbins (Open Door) 19:01.2, 25. Mitchel Abram (Open Door) 19:02.1.

 



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