by Steve Batko | Correspondent
The Malone Invitational was the first meet with excess wet conditions this season for the Streetsboro girls cross country team.
The Rockets finished seventh overall with 243 points in the 14-team Division II race at the Malone Invitational Sept. 21 in Canton.
Powerful Gates Mills Gilmour Academy edged Crestwood 55-59 for the team crown, while Dover placed third (85).
Dover's Katherine Lehman finished first out of 96 runners with a time of 20 minutes, 8.7 seconds.
Junior standout Meghan Westerh placed 30th with a time of 22:50.6. She had a solid 4:08 1K split in the race as she maneuvered through the sloppy conditions.
"The conditions were very wet, but we had some nice races," said head coach Robert Kidd. "Meghan led the way for us."
Meghan's twin sister, junior Madison Westerh, raced to a time of 24:04.6 for 42nd place.
Senior Megan Melice finished 51st (24:44.7), while freshman Rachel Woods placed 57th (25:26) and sophomore Micahia Lango finished 71st (27:13.2).
Madison Gilliland placed 74th in 27:37.1, while senior teammate Heather Cummings finished 84th (28:58).
"Madison Westerh turned in a good effort and Melice is a senior co-captain," said Kidd.
On Sept. 18, the Rockets hosted their annual Senior Night Invitational in City Park with Ravenna, James A. Garfield and Waterloo.
Garfield won the title with a score of 25 points, while Streetsboro came in second (40). Leading all runners was local standout Olivia Chinn from Ravenna with a time of 20:15. Mariah Coulter came in second place in a time of 21:32 for Garfield, while Meghan Westerh followed closely behind in third with a time of 21:39.
Madison Westerh placed seventh with teammates Megan Melice in eighth and
Rachel Woods finishing the team scoring in 15th place.
Recognized seniors included Cummings, Gilliland, Amy Hatfield, Melice, Dana Bindus, Taylor Magic, Kaitlyn Nuber, Alyssa Bielinski, Brittney Nemecek, Kasey Redding, Kailyn Williams and Sami Caputo.
The Rockets are scheduled to run at the Legends invitational Oct. 5 at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds in Cortland.