Tag Archive for: High School Cross Country


COLUMBIANA OH- State championships are hard to get to, and even harder to win.  When an individual or team bring a championship trophy home to a school it brings pride to the whole community.  Pride being the biggest of key word when it comes to Heartland Christian. It’s a pride of Lions that band together in Heartland and show everyone what it means to have an attitude of a champion.  After the cross country season concluded, not only do they have the attitude of a champion, but now Heartland Christian has a brand new trophy of a champion.

Sophomore runner Rebecca Geiss has brought the glory home to the Purple Palace with a great showing in Columbus at the state championships.  She finished with a time of 17.55.0 to win the gold.  It finished a strong season for Geiss in the most tremendous way it could end. For Geiss though, it’s all about running for more than herself. She runs for her family, she runs for her community, and she runs for her faith.  She still has plenty of time to get even better before she graduates high school. We at YSN are so excited to see what Rebecca’s future holds.

Rebecca took the time to talk with YSN’s Anthony Hartwig to recap her season, and the championship feeling.  You won’t want to miss this exclusive interview with the newest YSN member to bring home a state championship!

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TERRE HAUTE IN- Louisville freshman Kylah Meyer already has a fantastic high school season under her belt. In her first year with the Leopards she managed to become a state qualifier. The numbers don’t lie, Kylah is one of the best runners in the area.  In the state meet, Meyer finished 37th out of 173.  Over the weekend Meyer put her skills to the ultimate test as she traveled to Terre Haute Indians to compete in the Cross Country USA meet. Terre Haute is known to be the hotspot for cross country in America, and attracts some of the top runners you can find. Kylah ran well finishing with a time of 19:08 which was good for 3rd overall, and the best time clocked by a runner from Ohio.  This accomplishment only adds to the excitement of what we are going to see out of Kylah’s future.



After a 5k long battle at GlenOak High School, 3 high school cross country runners finished at the top of their races and earned themselves a spot at Regionals.


Lucas Sokol took 7th place overall running a time of 17:36

Faith Sullivan took 8th place overall running a time of 21:24

Serenity Perrine took 16th place overall running a time of 22:44


**In tournament meets there are 2 qualifying races leading up to the State race. Districts is the first race in tournaments, the top 20 boys and 16 girls as individuals qualify and move on to the Regional meet this season. At the Regional meet the top 16 individuals will move on to the State Championship race.**


Lucas, Faith, and Serenity will race again next Saturday 10/29 at the OHSAA Regional Championship meet for a chance to move on to state!




*Contributed By Kayla Malmfedlt at jacksonmiltonathletics.org


MCDONALD OH- On Tuesday the Jackson Milton cross country teams participated in the MVAC League Championship race at Woodland Park in McDonald. The team had their second chance this season to tackle the billy goat hill in the park and bring down their times from the first race of the season, which was run on this same course. In this race the runners are given the opportunity to earn first team, second team, or honorable mention all league honors. Cross country runners are only given one chance to become an all league runner with the place they finish in at this one race.


Runners that finish 1-7 in their race are named first team all league, 8-14 are named second team all league, and 15-21 are named honorable mention all league.


The team raced on one of their favorite courses and had perfect running weather. The high school boys team finished in 4th place overall as a team out of 8 total teams!


7 Runners finished the race with all league honors.


Overall Team Results: (Runner – Place – Time)

*Denotes overall placer


High School Girls:

*Faith Sullivan – 4th place – 21:55 (First Team All League)

*Serenity Perrine – 10th place – 22:39 (Second Team All League)

Kalli Ivari – 24th place – 24:52

Abby Bueno – 30th place – 26:13


High School Boys: 4th Place Overall

*Lucas Sokol – 6th place – 18:05 (First Team All League)

Alex Lipp – 26th place – 20:26

Landon Fortunato – 31st place – 20:46

Nate Craver – 32nd place – 20:51

Jonathan Lanham – 51st place – 23:21

Landon Malmfeldt – 53rd place – 23:34


*Contributed By Kayla Malmfedlt at jacksonmiltonathletics.org



The Howland Girls Cross Country team won the East Palestine Rotary Invitational with a score of 26.
Top runners for Howland were:
Gabby Scott 2nd 21:35
Lily Lussier 6th 23:08
Anna Vrabel 7th 23:40
Emily Adams 10th 24:15
Camille Sutton 11th 24:17
Abbey Restaino 17th 26:11
Haley Maiorano 30th 29:22
Mya Foster 32nd 30:38
*Contributed By Ferenac at howlandtigers.org


EAST PALESTINE OH- Saturday 9/10/2022 the blue jays traveled to East Palestine City Park to compete in the EP Rotary Invitational. We finally had the chance to run in perfect running weather with cool temperatures. The runners raced against 14 teams and about 50-60 runners in each of their races. The top 10 finishers in the high school races received an individual trophy and 11-20th place received a medal, in the middle school race the top 10 finishers received a trophy.


The high school runners raced on a 5k course and the middle school runners competed on a 1.75 course (the shortest race they’ll see all season).


Seven of our runners received overall awards as individuals with the rest of the team not far behind, pushing for personal records! The high school boys as a team finished in 4th place


* Denotes overall placer


Overall Team Results: (Runner – Place – Time)


High School Boys: 4th place as a team

*Lucas Sokol – 5th place – 18:23

Landon Fortunato – 21st place – 21:04

Alex Lipp – 25th place – 21:32

Nate Craver – 26th place – 21:54

Landon Malmfeldt – 43rd place – 24:55


High School Girls:

*Faith Sullivan – 5th place – 22:55

*Serenity Perrine – 15th place – 25:13

*Kalli Ivari – 19th place – 26:28

Abby Bueno – 22nd place – 27:05

*Contributed By Kayla Malmfedlt at jacksonmiltonathletics.org


BELOIT OH- t was a great day for the High School WBXC teams this past Saturday at the Ashley White Invitational! There were nearly four times as many girls running in this meet and three times as many boys running as there were last week. The competition for this 5k race (3.1 miles) was tough!

Finishing in the top 5% of 231 girls was:

Clarice Martin–10th place (20:33)

*Martin set a new lifetime PR (personal record), as did Tallie Muniz (25:40).

Congratulations, all HS girls!

Finishing in the top 5% of 343 boys were:

Michael Dorris–19th place (16:59)

Finishing in the top 25% of 343 boys were:

Brian Boston–74th place (18:33)

*Dorris tied his lifetime PR (personal record), while John Biggs set a new lifetime PR (24:55).

**Boston set a season PR, as did and Owen Hoopes (20:41). Congratulations, all HS boys!


The High School WBXC teams are excited to take on the challenging hills of Dover on Saturday, 9/10!

*Contributed By Ryan Wolf at wbathletics.org


NORTH JACKSON OH- On Tuesday 8/30 the cross country teams competed in their first suburban league meet of the season. The teams raced against 13 total schools in their league at Badger High School. The runners were working to improve on their times from their first race last Saturday and also had goals to finish in the top 25 in order to earn a top finisher award.


As a team the high school boys finished in 4th place overall. Individually, 11 of our runners earned overall awards and everyone on the team set a new personal record!!


SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS to Nora Schwarten for finishing in 1st place in her race!


Individual Results:

Runner – Place – Time


High School Girls:

*Faith Sullivan – 2nd place – 22:40

*Serenity Perrine – 3rd place – 23:11

*Kalli Ivari – 10th place – 25:00.4

*Abby Bueno – 17th place – 27:00.4


High School Boys: 4th place as a team!

*Lucas Sokol – 4th place – 18:35

*Landon Fortunato – 22nd place – 20:50

*Alex Lipp – 23rd place – 21:11

Nate Craver – 35th place – 23:13

Luke Kolenick – 45th place – 24:10

Landon Malmfeldt – 53rd place – 26:35

*Contributed By Kayla Malmfedlt at jacksonmiltonathletics.org