by Steve Batko | Correspondent
With more work, Streetsboro head girls cross country coach Robb Kidd is hoping his squad can become more consistent, stronger mentally and improve its team pack.
Kidd saw his troops place seventh out of 15 teams with 197 points at the Sept. 7 Ray Sweeney Invitational in Champion.
Junior Meghan Westerh led the team by placing 10th overall with a time of 22:18.42. That bested her time of 22:23.2 at the recent Ashley White-Stumpf Marlington Invitational.
"Megan has been someone that has shown her potential and as the summer progressed, she has good confidence back," said Kidd.
"I think we're looking to improve Megan's push, but we were excited after Champion because she has the ability to drop even more time off."
Senior Megan Melice ran an outstanding race as she was 29th overall with a clocking of 23:30.56. Senior Dana Bindus was 39th at 23:54.42.
"Melice has done extremely well her last two races and that's a good sign," Kidd said. "All Megan has done is battle injuries it seems and she's responding to treatments well.
'Bindus had a consistent summer and is battling some issues as of late, but she has experience."
Junior Madison Westerh was 43rd (24:12.77).
"Madison has the ability to run anywhere from one through our top four spots," said Kidd.
The Rockets were set to run in the PTC Mid Season Super Duals Sept. 10 at Woodridge High School, but final results weren't at press time.
Streetsboro is scheduled to compete at the Boardman Spartan Invitational Sept. 14 at 8 a.m.
"We are trying to push ourselves more from the starting line," said Kidd.
"There have been times when the girls were afraid to start out aggressive, but that is changing."
Boys finish seventh
The Streetsboro boys placed a very respectable seventh out of 15 teams at the Ray Sweeney Invitational in Champion.
The Rockets finished with 175 points.
"I thought the boys ran great at this invitational and we're finally starting to place a little better as a team," said head coach Tyler Bunch.
"They are all really coming around and I hope by our next meet, we will have all of our varsity guys below the 20-minute mark."
Streetsboro was paced by the efforts of junior Tyler Garman, who finished 22nd overall with a time of 19 minutes, 2 seconds.
Also scoring for the Rockets were junior Jake Gould (31st, 19:35), freshmen Alec Bindus (33rd, 19:40) and Jake Suttell (49th, 20:05) and junior Tomlin Burgess (50th, 20:08).
Freshman Hollis Wilson ran a personal-best time of 24:08 for "I was particularly impressed with Garman, Gould and Wilson," he said. "Tyler was great and Jake Gould really took a big step forward. I expect Jake to be fighting for the No. 1 spot by the end of the season, along with Alec Bindus.
"Hollis Wilson really impressed me. He absolutely shattered his prior personal record."
The Rockets were set to run in the PTC Mid Season Super Duals Sept. 10. Results weren't at press time.
Streetsboro is scheduled to compete at the Spartan Invitational Sept. 14.