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Strong start for Potters continues

Scott Thornberry wins dual meet No. 604 at East Palestine

August 29, 2012
Salem News

EAST PALESTINE - The wins continue to pile up for East Liverpool head cross country coach Scott Thornberry.

Thornberry earned dual victory No. 604 Tuesday at the Suburban League Cross Country Meet at East Palestine City Park.

"It is nice to have good kids," Thornberry said.

The Potters, 5-2 in the league, finished third as a team at the meet.

Canfield finished first with 54 points, United placed second with 58 points and East Liverpool ended up with 65 points. Next, West Branch finished fourth with 69 points, East Palestine finished fifth with 133 points and Columbiana ended up sixth with 149 points. Poland (182) and Springfield (211) rounded out the team scores.

Individually, South Range's Ken Nichols won the meet with a time of 16:42.

Individually for the Potters, Nate Boyer placed second with a time of 17:13.

Also for East Liverpool, Jake Densmore (19:12) placed eight, Shae Long (20:09) ended up 16th and Chase Mahon (20:20) placed 20th. Next, Ian Smith (21:42) finished 39th, Matt Lucas (23:10) ended up 54th and Grant Owens (2:53) placed 68th.

Two girls competed on the girls' side for the Potters.

Emily Kotfis (24:24) placed 24th, and Haley Lucas (30:55) finished 60th.

Jaybreanna Foster was the lone middle school girl to compete for East Liverpool. Foster finished 45th with a time of 16:28.

The East Liverpool Middle School boys ended up tied for first with 51 points, but they finished second overall due to the tiebreaker which is the sixth runner.

Individually, Tyler Adkins (10:53) ended up third, Rob Davis (11:48) ended up 13th and Marcus Calhoun II (11:52) finished 15th.

Next, Ryan Giesse (11:54) placed 17th, Dylan Kidder (12:18) finished 21st and Colin Smith (13:42) placed 38th.

Finally, Owen O'Hara (15:26) finished 50th, and Isaac Long (20:24) placed 57th.

"I have had some great runners over the years," Thornberry said. "I feel pretty lucky."

East Liverpool's next meet is at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Marlington Invitational.

"It is a big meet," Thornberry said. "There were 21 teams there last year. I think it will be about the same this year. There will be a lot of big Division I schools there."

Golden Bears win tri-meet

NEW MANCHESTER - The Oak Glen boys' and girls' cross country teams won a tri-meet Tuesday against Brooke and Weir at Tomlinson Run Park.

The Golden Bears finished first on the boys' side with 19 points, while Brooke placed second with 37 points.

Oak Glen finished first on the girls side with 27 points, while Weir placed second with 28 points.

The top four finishers on the boys' side were all from Oak Glen.

Ethan Malcomb won the meet with a time of 20.04.

Malcomb's was followed by Eric Oliver (20:05), Brock Smith (20:05.5) and Skylar Lamp (20:26).

Also for the Golden Bears, Rhett Koper (22:42) placed eighth, Brandon Rhodes (23:10) ended up 12th and Myka McGaffic (23:36) finished 13th.

Michael Max was the Bruins' top finisher. Max finished fifth with a time of 21:06.

Noah Woods was Weir's top finisher. Woods finished with a time of 23.36.7 Woods was the first of four-straight Red Riders to finish the race.

Oak Glen's Kelsey Chambers won the girls' race with a time of 22:19.

The Golden Bears also claimed finishing spots six through nine.

Casey Baird (27:01) ended up sixth, Kayla Swiger (28:26) finished seventh, Kaylee Coble (29:17) placed eight and Natali Ramsey (30:47) ended up ninth.

Also for the Golden Bears, Devan Mynes (34:41) finished 13th.

Kristen Mastrantoni was Weir's top finisher. She placed second with a time of 22:42.

Hayley Sutek (24:25) finished fourth to account for the Bruins' top finish.

Oak Glen's next meet is Sept. 8 at Brooke.



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