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Gilmour - Paul Primeau Invitational Champions!

The Comets took to the Gilmour Academy course in dominating fashion at last Friday night’s Paul Primeau Invitational.  The varsity team nearly perfect scored the Gray Division race coming away with 17 total points** and first place overall out of fourteen teams.  Running in what has become a more typical style for the Comets, Solon trailed Avon Lake at the one mile mark as they prepared to negative split the 5K course.  After the one mile mark, Senior, Chantz Visse took over first place with Junior, Logan Esper right on his heels.  The two lead Comets continued to pull away from the field for the remaining two miles and a 1-2 finish.  The Paul Primeau Invitational was the first career victory for VIsse who finished easily in 16:20.4.  The rest of the varsity Comets continued to move their way through the Gray Division field over the last two miles of the course.  Senior, Brian FInnerty, put away the hopes of every other team looking to upset the Comets when Finnerty outkicked Avon Lake’s number one runner with eight-hundred meters to go giving the Comets a 1-2-3 overall finish.  Finnerty’s 17:01.8 time was his second consecutive personal record. 

Senior, Aman Jain, and sophomore, Aden Pickus also contributed lifetime personal records tying for fifth place overall in 17:10.7.  Jain and Pickus battled back and forth over the final three-hundred of the Gilmour Academy track, quickly closing in on fourth place, each exchanging half-step leads.  Ultimately the two could not separate from each other as they crossed the finish line.  In a breakout performance, freshman, Nathan Close finished sixth for the Comets and seventeenth place overall.  Close ran a lifetime personal record, 17:29.6.  Close’s time was the fastest freshman time in any race on the Gilmour Academy course last weekend.  Senior, David Howell, also contributed a personal record time, 17:49.5 for the Comets.  Sophomores, Sam Young and Ben Shafron rounded out the varsity performance for Solon finishing in 17:53.0 and 18:05.9 respectively.    

Later in the evening, the junior varsity Comets narrowly lost a close competition to St. Ignatius 34 – 39.  The junior varsity Comets finished second out of seventeen teams.  Senior, Joseph Feng, ran a brilliant race to claim the overall win.  Feng’s 17:19.9 finish was a monstrous personal record, dropping over sixty-five seconds from his previous personal best.  Feng waited patiently as many runners overexerted themselves during the first mile of the race.  Feng came through the one mile in eighth place and moved his way up through the field over the next two miles before pulling away from everyone for a dominant twelve second victory.  After battling illness all week, sophomore, Kareem Yousef demonstrated considerable grit to earn a lifetime personal record, 17:40.8, good for second place for the Comets and third place overall.  Freshman, Josh Baker, also contributed a lifetime personal record of 17:50.3.  Baker’s time was the fastest freshman time in the entire junior varsity race.

Finishing fifth for the junior varsity Comets, senior, Joey Coladeangelo, turned in a season best time of 18:06.5, eighteen seconds faster than his previous best this season.  Senior, Will Schneider and freshman, Johnny Ciccero battled throughout the final three-hundred meters on the Gilmour Academy track.  Ciccero desperately tryied to catch Schneider over the last six-hundred meters of the race.  Schneider demonstrated strong resolve, holding off Ciccero down the homestretch for a tie for seventeenth place overall.  The 18:20.4 finish was a thirty-four second personal record for Ciccero. 

Outside of the scorers in the junior varsity race, there were a number of notable performances for the Comets.  Sophomore, Ben Gross, ran a nine second season best time, 18:42.9, just three seconds off of his personal record time.  Right on the heels of Gross, followed junior, Jonathan Gembarski, who also ran a season best time of 18:46.2.  Seniors, Eli Phipps and Adam Zawadzkas both broke the 19:00 minute barrier for the first time this season finishing in 18:55.6 and 18:57.5 respectively.  Sophomore Jimmy German squeaked underneath the 19:00 barrier as well, finishing in 18:59.3.  German’s personal record coming into the 2017 season had been 21:43 for 5K, a tremendous one minute and forty-four second improvement for German so far.

Sophomore, Brandon Wittrup, broke the 20:00 barrier for the first time en route to a 19:52.7 finishing time.  The trio of sophomore’s Ben Perry, Ethan Seifert, and Patrick Bernhard all run under 21:00 minutes for 5K for the first time in their careers finishing in 20:14.9, 20:41.5, and 20:42.9.  Perry’s 20:14.9 smashed his previous personal record of 21:02.2 from the Kenston Frank Gibas Invitational. 

Finally, Yash Kankariya (22:15.2), Hayden Geller (22:33.6), Kesav Kosana (23:06.2), and Tao Dodeja (23:14.8), all turned in personal record times of nearly ninety seconds each.  That is roughly, thirty seconds per mile faster than they have ever previously run.  Tremendous growth for all four athletes.    


**With the tie in the timing (17:10.7) Jain and Pickus should have both been awarded fifth place overall and the next finisher awarded seventh.  This should have given the Comets an overall score of 16 points.  The Comets agreed to accept a 57 point win nonetheless.   


 Comet of the Week: Joseph Feng (17:19.9) - Feng's 2016 5K PR was 19:44.  En route to winning the Paul Primeau JV race, Joseph ran two minutes and twenty-five seconds faster than his 2016 PR, finishing in 17:19.9.  A two minute plus PR is not an improvement, that's a transformation.  We are incredibly proud of the work Joseph has put in over the last year to get himself to a place where he can run a 17:00 5K.  The way in which Joseph raced also illustrated his maturity and growth.  He said to me after the race, "I saw everyone going out fast in the first mile and I thought, all of these guys will come back to me."  Well, they all did.  5K's are won at the finish line, not the one mile mark.  Fabulous job Joseph!  


  • Chantz Visse, Boys Varsity Gray Division (16:20.4)
  • Joseph Feng, Boys Open Race (17:19.9)
  • Varsity team, Boys Varsity Gray Division (17 points; 1:24:09.2 total time)

 Personal records: *NOT A TYPO THIRTY-FOUR Comets ran personal record times at Gilmour! 

Brian Finnerty (17:01.8), Aman Jain (17:10.7), Aden Pickus (17:10.7), Joseph Feng (17:19.9), Nathan Close (17:29.6), Kareem Yousef (17:40.8), David Howell (17:49.5), Josh Baker (17:50.3), Johnny Ciccero (18:20.4), Eli Phipps (18:55.6), Adam Zawadzkas (18:57.5), Jimmy German (18:59.3), Ronald Carbone (19:18.5), Anmol Kumar (19:23.2), Brandon Wittrup (19:52.7), Cameron Ray (19:52.9), Ben Perry (20:14.9), Clay Bozsvai (20:15.5), Jason McColl (20:22.2), Michael Rapposelli (20:34.7), Bobby Turk (20:35.7), Ethan Seifert (20:41.5), Patrick Bernhard (20:42.9), Timothy Huang (21:00.7), Jackson DiVincenzo (21:11.1), Matthew Wilson (21:14.3),  Vince Innocenzi (21:16.9), Aman Daga (21:26.8),  Jacob Brodsky (21:54.4), Yash Kankariya (22:15.2),  Hayden Geller (22:33.6), Kesav Kosana (23:06.2), Tao Dodeja (23:14.8), and Kelton Hale (24:11.8).

  • Huge shout out to the freshman class. Of the thirty-four personal records set last Friday, fifteen of them belonged to the freshmen.  Way to compete! 

 Season bests: Joey Coladeangelo (18:06.2), Ben Gross (18:42.9), Jonathan Gembarski (18:46.2), Matthew Morrissey (19:08.6), Max Shenk (19:14.8), and Albert Zhu (22:37.1).

 Greatest improvement: Joseph Feng ran a personal record time by one minute and five seconds.  This is third race in a row Joseph has improved by at least thirty plus seconds.  A truly remarkable performance. 

 Improvement streaks: 

  • Aman Daga ran a personal record time for the FIFTH WEEK in a row! Aman improved by forty-eight seconds from his performance at Strongsville.
  • Cameron Ray ran a personal record time for the fourth week in a row. Cameron’s current PR is 19:52.9.
  • Joseph Feng has run a personal record time three weeks in a row. Currently Joseph is standing at 17:19.9. 
    • Champions focus on making themselves a little bit better every day. Way to embody this mantra! 



Legends Cross Country Invitational at Trumbull County Fairgrounds

899 Everett Hull Road

Cortland, Ohio 44410

 DEPART: 10:00 am

ARRIVE: 3:30 pm



Legends Presentation: 12:00 *2016 Rio Bronze Medalist, Clayton Murphy

Varsity: 12:30 pm

JV/COMETS: 1:30 pm

*Updated varsity line-up: Visse, Esper, Finnerty, A. Jain, Pickus, Feng, Close, Baker, Young. 


Go Comets!