Howland boys dominate Salem Early Bird Invitational

SALEM – Howland’s top three runners Ryan Sullivan (16 minutes, 25.20 seconds), Connor Dotson (17:01.9) and Ethan Petrilla (17:11.64) – distanced themselves from the pack to lead the Tigers past second-place Marlington, 21-53, during Saturday’s boys cross country race at the Salem Early Bird Invitational.

Howland had five other runners finish in the top 20 – all under 19 minutes.

Boardman’s Jordan Grantonic beat out South Range’s Mollie Pierson for the girls title, 19:59.76 to 20:30.95.

Howland’s Morgan Buckley was fifth (20:58.55).

Boardman beat South Range for the team title, 33-66. Howland was fourth (74).

GlenOak Eagle Cross Country Invitational: CANTON – Boardman’s Mark Hadley ran 15:36.1 to lead the Spartans to the boys Division I team title over Louisville, 72-74.

Hudson’s Kyle Mau was second (15:49.2). Boardman’s Nathan Hadley (16:32.8) and Alan Burns (16:35.7) placed in the top 10.

Canfield took seventh (154), led by Chase Kern’s 26th-place finish (17:07.7).

On the girls side in Division I, Canfield took 12th (337). Devin Foley paced the Cardinals with a 30th-place finish (21:30.4).

Solon’s Louiza Wise (19:25.0) beat out Brunswick’s Vanessa Pasadyn for the individual title (19:34.5).

Brunswick held off host GlenOak for the team title, 40-84.

Berkshire Early Bird Challenge: BURTON – Chardon’s Nick Elswick led the Hilltopper boys past Kenston, 30-60.

Elswick (16:22.65) beat out teammate Josh Sopchak for the individual title (16:52.36).

Berkshire was third (87), while Pymatuning Valley was 14th (372) and Grand Valley was 16th (463).

Chardon completed the sweep on the girls side with a 66-95 victory over Berkshire. Medina Highland was third (109).

Medina Highland’s Carlee Rhoads (19:27.96) beat out Chardon’s Samantha Stansbury (19:52.55) for the individual crown.