Cross country, like most sports, is all about training. The more you train, the more you gain.
Of course, being healthy helps, too.
Just ask Olentangy Orange senior standout Hunter Moore, who won one of the largest meets in the state, the Tiffin Cross Country Carnival, with a personal best and school-record time of 15:13 Saturday afternoon.
“He was hurt for most of last summer,” Orange coach Adam Walters said, “so a lot of his success is due to a great summer of training. He was able to consistently put in a lot of quality long, strength-based workouts starting in July. He’s been healthy and consistent, which is key to success in distance running.”
Moore’s been a beast this season, but has never been better than he was this weekend. According to Milesplit (http://oh.milesplit.com), his time from Tiffin is the third fastest in the state so far this fall.
“We had race plans for his first two races that we knew wouldn’t produce the times he was capable of, based on his recent workouts,” Walters said. “So, it was fun this week to let him get out hard and see what he could do against many of the top individuals in the state.”
Moore helped lead Orange (ranked eighth in the most recent state coaches poll) to a fourth-place finish among the 36 teams in action. The only squads to beat the Pioneers were top-ranked Solon, fifth-ranked St. Xavier and third-ranked St. Ignatius, which finished first, second and third, respectively.
Other Orange contributors included senior Brandon Lane, who finished 20th (16:22); junior Jackson Schiefelbein, who crossed the finish line 33rd (16:35); sophomore Andrew Schroff, who was 34th (16:38); and senior Josh Brooks, who closed 53rd (16:55). All four posted season-best times.
Buckeye Valley’s boys, competing in the Division II race, also had a good day.
“The seventh-place finish for our boys was great,” BV coach Nate Ritz said. “We beat some legit D-II schools today.”
Junior Zach Kreft led the way, finishing a close second (15:41) to Zak Kirk (15:38), who has the fastest time in Ohio so far this season.
Barons junior Gavin Shearer was also solid, finishing 22nd (17:12).
In girls’ action, sophomore Allie Guagenti finished fifth among individuals with a season-best time of 18:39 to lead Orange to a sixth-place finish. Other Pioneer scorers included sophomore Lindsay Ott, who finished 20th (19:31); junior Zoe Bond, who was 27th (19:50); sophomore Grace Frye, who was 43rd (20:17); and freshman Paige Benecke, who closed 155th (22:13).
Buckeye Valley’s girls, competing in D-II, finished 22nd. Sophomore Kennedy Cramer led the Barons, finishing 100th (22:26).
Also: Liberty boys sixth (168), Olentangy 20th (522), Hayes 22nd (606), Big Walnut 27th (685) at McGowan Invitational. Liberty girls 1st (54), Olentangy 7th (195), Hayes 15th (384), Big Walnut 16th (386) at McGowan Invitational.
Anthony Seliskar found the back of the net for the only goal of the game, lifting Buckeye Valley to a 1-0 win over visiting Johnstown-Monroe Saturday in Delaware.
The Barons’ Charlie Daily tackled the ball away from a Johnstown defender, right to the foot of Seliskar, who beat keeper Max Cannon far post from 17 yards out in the 63rd minute.
“I think that we are still trying to find our identity through the first six games,” BV coach Eric Staley said. “To finish with a 1-0 win in a very physical game like this one answers some of those questions.”
Once Seliskar scored, the defense took over. BV goalie Caleb King only had to make five saves to notch the shutout.
“We were concerned about having to rebuild our back line this season,” Staley said. “Now, they (Nathan Chwalik, Aspen Schneller, Trent Slavik and Daily) are certainly one of our strengths.”
Also: St. Charles 4, Orange 0.
Elgin def. Delaware Christian 21-25, 25-23, 25-23; Heath def. Delaware Christian 25-20, 25-19; Delaware Christian def. Mount Gilead 25-13, 25-15.
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