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A Reflection on Boys Cross Country Conference Success

Head Coach of the Boys Cross Country team Chris Ickes started his tenure as Coach in 2007. Since then, his teams have won eight conference titles, two conference runners up, and a third place finish that was a result of resting his top seven in 2011. Had Ickes ran his top seven in 2011, he would have likely won another conference title. So in some ways, they have not lost a title at full strength since 2009.

His teams have won six straight conference titles, including Saturday’s astounding performance. Out of a field of eight teams, the Bombers put seven runners in the top 10.  Runners Jakob McConnell, Sam Markel, Jordan Knapp, Will Britton, and Will Grendell earned first team honors while Kyle Silk and Jacob Sandoval earned second team honors. Spectator Olivia Beeman said, “They dominated the WRC, now all they have to do is carry this through to Districts. Visit Mile Split for more information.

What has made the Bombers successful in past conference championships is the power of the pack, not a lead runner. In 2014, Chagrin Falls’ Joe Bistriz ran away with an individual conference title, but a strong pack by Drew Sanders, Tyler Cooper, Max Fay, Sam Markel, and Evan Sanders propelled the harriers to a conference title. The same group minus Max Fay and including Jakob McConell did the same the next year. Last year, Jakob McConnell, Sam Markel, and Evan Sanders did their damage upfront with a pack with Kyle Silk, Jacob Sandoval, Will Grendell, Will Britton, and Chris Smith annihilated the conference field. Every year strong Senior leaders leave, but new faces step up when the time matters. As a result, the boys will hopefully be successful in the conference for years to come. If they have a strong pack, they will.

The Boys race at Trumbull Country next week for the district race, come support!

Boys and Girls XC Travel to Boardman this Weekend For Invitational

The boys and girls cross country teams travel to the Boardman Invitational this Saturday, September 15. Before the meet, I interviewed a member of the varsity boys cross country team, David Rosinski. Q – What is your favorite part of cross country? A – “Bonding with my teammates.” Q – What is the most challenging part… Continue Reading

Bomber harriers capture own Gibas Invite

Published in The Chagrin Valley Times September 7, 2017 Tony Lange The Kenston boys cross-country team appeared to be in late-October form during the fifth annual Frank Gibas Invitational on Saturday at its home 5-kilometer course in Bainbridge, but apparently the Bomber harriers are just getting warmed up. With five guys finishing in the top… Continue Reading

Fifth Annual Frank Gibas Cross Country Invitational

The Fifth Annual Frank Gibas Cross Country Invitational was held on Saturday, September 2nd, in the Kenston Trails and Soccer Fields.  Kicking off the day was the Varsity Girls race at 8:30 a.m., followed by the Varsity Boys race at 9:15. Succeeding the Varsity Boys race was the Girls Open race at 10:00.  Wrapping up the competition… Continue Reading