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Kenston - Frank Gibas Invitational Recap

Kenston Frank Gibas Invitational Recap:

The longer we go on this season, the more our program continues to heat up!  I cannot wait to get to work this week.  Special thank you to the entire boys cross country village that help us succeed last weekend.  Starting with the pasta party on Friday night, team t-shirt hand out, tent Dads, and families who brought water and snacks.  Every grain of sand is important and every grain of sand matters.  Thank you so much for all of your help!  

Comet of the Week: Will Schneider (Sr.) - 18:19.2 The fourth pillar of the cross country program is winning.  For the second consecutive week, the Comets were led across the finish line by Senior, Will Schneider.  Schneider dropped eight seconds off his 5K time from week one.  With three-hundred meters to go, teammates Joey Coladeangelo and Josh Baker caught Schneider who had been leading the team from the opening gun.  Coladeangelo would go as far as gaining a step on Schneider.  Will demonstrated an impressive amount of grit and hustle by digging in to repass Coladeangelo and hold off Baker across the finish line.  Championship programs do not give up places in last quarter mile.  Fantastic finish and quality leadership Will!  Keep it up.  

The Comet varsity team finished eighth out of fourteen teams.  Most impressively, the Comets displayed fabulous pack running with an eleven second spread between the first finisher and the fifth finisher.  For the second week in a row, the Comets were led across the finish line by Senior, Will Schneider.  Schneider dropped eight seconds from his 5K time at the Berkshire Early Bird Invitational.  Freshman, Josh Baker, did not let Schneider off easily, leaning a tenth of a second behind Schneider at the finish line.  Baker finished in a time of 18:19.3 again continuing to impress as one of the top freshmen in the Northeast Ohio region.  In a gutsy move, senior, Joey Coladeangelo, took the lead for the Comets with three hundred meters to go, but was eventually held off by Baker and Schneider in the final straightaway. 

David Howell and Sam Young quickly followed Coladeangelo across the finish line to round out the top five.  All five Comet harriers broke the 19:00 minute barrier.  Jonathan Gembarski (19:01), Nick Kanarsky (19:22), Adam Zawadzkas (19:30), Max Shenk (19:39), and Ben Gross (19:44) closed out the varsity competition for the Comets.  Young, Kanarsky, and Baker all turned in lifetime personal record times and nine of the ten varsity runners improved upon their times from week one.

The Comets only got better as the day went on.  In the open race, the Comets finished third out of thirteen teams.   Freshman, Jonny Ciccero, continued his hot streak, dropping forty-four seconds from week one!  Ciccero's 19:16 led the Comets in the open race.  The open runners also ran with an impressive pack with a spread of nineteen seconds between the first and fifth runners.  Zhang, German, Phipps, and Costanzo rounded out the top five scorers in the open competition.  Costanzo, German, and Zhang all ran lifetime personal records for 5K.  

Shout Outs: 

Biggest improvement - Grant Titlebaum (Fr.), improved by one minute and twenty-two seconds (27:09 --> 25:45) from week one.  Excellent work Grant! 

Even splits - Sam Young, Ronald Carbone, Luke Hansen, Daniel Boland, Cameron Ray, and Sam Brady.         

Debut – Cameron Ray (Fr.) ran his debut 5K at Kenston and looked like a veteran doing it.  Cameron ran impressively even splits 6:44, 6:46, 6:44.  Grab some shades, someone has a BRIGHT future ahead. 

Personal Records - Brady, Kumar, Carbone, Rapposelli, Zhang, Boland, Costanzo, German, Kanarsky, Perry, Wittrup, Young, Baker, Ciccero, DiVincenzo, S. Jain, McColl, Ray, Titlebaum, and Turk.

Season Best - Coladeanglo, Howell, Schneider, Stein, Zawadzkas, Gembarski, Shenk, Zhu, Bernhard, and Brodsky.

Next Week: 

Pat Ritchie Cross Country Invitational

Walsh Jesuit High School

4550 Wyoga Lake Rd, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44224


Varsity: 9:50 am

Open: 10:50 am 

JV: 12:20 pm