by Steve Batko | Correspondent
The Legends Meet is quietly becoming one of the deeper regular-season cross country meets in the area and Streetsboro's boys squad found that out despite posting some personal records.
It was humid for the Oct. 5 Legends Meet at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds in Cortland. The Rockets placed 19th with 506 points in the 26-team Division II race.
Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy won the competition with 61 points and Maplewood (66) and Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (80) finished second and third, respectively.
CVCA's Ryan Adams placed first out of 194 runners with a time of 16 minutes, 19 seconds.
Streetsboro first-year head coach Tyler Bunch was focused on his own athletes and not the team standings.
"Running personal records for the guys at the meet were junior Tyler Garman, freshman Jake Suttell and junior Tomlin Burgess," he said.
Garman was timed at 18 minutes and 57.2 seconds to finish 78th overall.
"Tyler finally broke into the 18 minutes, which was good to see because he is an extremely hard worker and has been working at it since our first meet," said Bunch.
Suttell continues to make strides in his debut campaign. He was next with a lifetime best of 19:22. Suttell was 90th overall.
"Jake wasn't too far behind Tyler, finishing with the biggest PR [personal record] of the day," said Bunch.
Junior Jake Gould was third for the team at 19:38.3, followed by Burgess (19:48.1 and freshman Jacob Fifik (21:25).
The Rockets are scheduled to run at the Portage Trail Conference County Division Championships Oct. 12 at Randolph Fairgrounds. The first race is set to begin at 10 a.m.
Woodridge has been a dominating for in the County Division in recent years.
Streetsboro is expected to have freshman Alec Bindus back in action from an injury, which has kept him out of action.
"We are looking forward to the PTC Championships and districts the following weekend," said Bunch. "I am pleased that we should have Alec Bindus returning to the team as he was one of our top runners."
Bunch also talked about how the Legends Meet was so valuable because of the personal records and to run against such strong competition. The kids even got to meet Bridget Franek, an Olympic runner who graduated from Crestwood.
"Overall, this was a great meet," said Bunch. "The kids set some PRs and also got to meet a few running legends like Franek."