by Steve Batko | Correspondent
Preparing for the league and district meets, the Streetsboro girls cross country team competed at the Legends Meet in Cortland.
In humid conditions, the Rockets placed 18th with 455 points in the 22-team Division II race Oct. 5 meet at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds in Cortland.
Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary easily won the competition with 27 points. Crestwood (70) and Field (106) finished second and third, respectively.
Orwell Grand Valley's Jessica Finley placed first out of 169 runners with a time of 19 minutes, 24.1 seconds.
Senior Megan Melice crossed the line first for the Rockets. She finished 56th overall with a clocking of 22:31.5.
"Junior standout Meghan Westerh pulled out ill, allowing co-captain Megan Melice to take the lead for the team while running a season-best time,"said Streetsboro head coach Robb Kidd.
Running second for the Rockets was junior Madison Westerh, who placed 76th in 23:36.2.
Taking third for Streetsboro was senior Dana Bindus (92nd, 24:23.9). Rounding out the top five for the Rockets were freshman Rachel Woods (105th, 25:05.3) and sophomore Micaihia Lango (136th, 27:05.9).
Also running for Streetsboro was senior co-captain Madison Gilliland (139th, 27:31.8).
"Overall, we had some athletes run well and move toward some goals that we have for our league and the district meet in the next two weeks," said Kidd.
Senior Kaitlyn Nuber also ran well as she was competed for Streetsboro's 'B' squad, which was 22nd overall.
Nuber placed 128th overall with a time of 27:52.3.
Kidd has been focusing on the league meet. Woodridge is looking to maintain the program's dominance in the Portage Trail Conference County Division by winning another championship meet.
Streetsboro is looking to improve this season at the 2013 PTC Championships, set for Oct. 12 at the Randolph Fairgrounds. The first race is set to begin at 10 a.m.
Melice was the team's top finisher in last year's PTC Championships in the Metro Division. She was 11th overall as Streetsboro placed third overall.
"If we can continue to get healthy and race competitively, then we may give ourselves a chance to surprise some people," said Kidd. "We will rely on the experience of the top four and we need our freshman, Rachel Woods, to take a big leap forward, which she is totally capable of."
The Rockets are set to run at the Akron Division II District Meet at Goodyear Park Oct. 19.
"Meghan Westerh, Melice and Bindus can all run really well and if they step up and lead the team by pushing their best, then the team will be primed to peak at the right time," said Kidd.
"Madison Westerh, our four runner, has the ability to run with my top three, but she just needs to provide some consistency for us to really peak. The sixth and seventh slots have several girls competing to earn those last couple district slots."