Published in The News-Herald
October 15, 2019
Kenston’s boys cross country program prides itself on collective success. Even when the Bombers are led by an elite No. 1 runner, they equally emphasize the performance of those at the rear of their pack.
Jakob McConnell, now running at Stetson, and Kyle Silk graduated as the lead runners on last year’s state-qualifying team. Senior David Rosinski assumed status as Kenston’s top runner headed into 2019, but those behind him were largely unknown.
In turn, how the Bombers’ pack filled out to pursue a fourth consecutive Division I state berth would serve as a testament to Coach Chris Ickes’ program. At the Western Reserve Conference meet Oct. 12, Kenston scored 15 points to run a perfect team race.
“I think this team defines our program completely,” Ickes said. “We’ve always focused on the fifth man, seventh man, sometimes to the detriment of the lead runner. This team’s incredibly bought into that.”
Rosinski won the race with a new personal-best time. Juniors Dennis Princic, Jack Turk, Tyler McMahan and Garrett McConnell followed in the ensuring four places. Even Maxwell Reardon and Nathan Bertman, the team’s sixth and seventh runners that day, placed in the top 10 overall.
Rosinski led the team during the regular season and opened the final weeks of his high school cross country career with a 16-minute, 9-second performance on his home course.
“We all worked crazy hard over the summer,” Rosinski said. “The seniors and the juniors knew that our time was coming to an end soon, so we made it our goal to put in the work. We really have some passion on this team, which is a great thing.”
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