• Dr. Herpy

Boys XC wins Boardman Spartan Invitational

By Robert Phillips

For the first time in school history, the boy’s cross country team won the division I title at the Boardman Spartan Invitational. The Bombers had a score of 127 and beat out Louisville. The race was a tight competition and several of the best teams in the state were racing. Over 25 teams came to the meet. The field was tough with around 256 runners Not only was the competition tough but the race took place on the regional cross country course. Garrett McConnell was the top Kenston finisher, he finished in 12th place overall with a time of 16:34.10. He was followed by Dennis Prencic (16:37:70), Nathan Bertman (16:51.70), Tyler McMahan (17:09.20), Braden Hunt (17:09.70), Jack Turk (17:40.00), Max Reardon (17:41.80), Owen Orlowski (17:58.70), Luke Dunnam (18:09.70), and Kyle McMahan (18:11.80). These times allowed Kenston to achieve a 22 point lead over Louisville. This also meant that the team is even stronger than last year when the team placed 8th overall. Despite their performance, the team has been consistently ranked low in the Division I coaches poll. However, the Bombers have proven time and time again that they are under-ranked and a serious contender for the D-1 state title. The team has overcome many challenges this year. For a period of time, it looked as if the team wasn’t going to have a season. The team breathed a huge sigh of relief on July, 31st when the OHSAA confirmed that fall sports would continue as planned. However, the uncertainty and fears returned when the first meet of the year, The OHSAA Early Season Cross Country Invitational was canceled due to the pandemic. Despite the first meet being canceled, the team was able to race at Walsh Jesuit against Woodridge. Since then the team has never looked back. After winning the last 3 meets they have raced in, the team definitely has sent a message that they want to win the state title!