by Steve Batko | Correspondent
It was the first real cold day of the fall as Oct. 19 featured plenty of rain.
But the Streetsboro boys cross country team competed in district meet action.
Tyler Bunch's youthful Rockets placed eighth out of nine teams at the Akron Division II District Meet at Akron Goodyear Metro Park Oct. 19 and failed to get an individual qualifier to regionals.
Streetsboro finished with 239 team points. Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary won the team title with 44 points. Also qualifying for the regional competition were Woodridge (59), Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (60) and Field (69).
CVCA's Ryan Adams placed first out of 69 runners with a time of 16 minutes, 41.54 seconds. The top 16 individuals not on the four qualifying teams at Goodyear made the cut to regionals.
Streetsboro's top finisher was junior Jake Gould who was 39th overall with a time of 19:38.84.
It was a district meet littered with state-meet talent and the young Rockets used it as a learning experience. That's Bunch's hope.
"I think of our district as a state preview because we usually have the team and or teams who are winning the state meet," he said. "It's easy to say that our district is too tough, but ultimately we were not quite ready to compete at the regional level.
"This is something we will address in the offseason .
"I believe our team, with all the youth and dedication, will be much more competitive next year. We need to run more in the offseason."
Jake Suttell ran well for his first ever postseason meet as the freshman posted a time on the slick course of 20:52.31. He was 48th overall.
"I was particularly pleased with Jake Gould and Jake Suttell," said Bunch. "They both ran well, considering the awful conditions. Meets such as this one are when the mental side of the sport are really important.
"I think the kids are really excited for next year. I'm even more excited to see just how much we can improve. Right now, the sky is the limit."
Tyler Garman and Tomlin Burgess are a pair of juniors who ran next for Streetsboro as the Rockets are junior-heavy.
Garman, who has been a number one runner part of the fall, was 54th with a time of 21:46.11 and Burgess ran 55th at 21:48.25. Sophomore Nik Jamroz finished 68th with a time of 26:32.1.
"We were once again shorthanded for the meet, which bumped Nik Jamroz, not only to varsity, but scoring as well," said Bunch. "We only had five runners going, which is the minimum needed to score.
"Going into this meet, we knew if we were advancing we had to do so individually because of the difficulty of our district."
Bunch realizes he has a good group and is excited about an active offseason.
"One thing in the offseason that I am really stressing is running," he said. "We have to run in the offseason if we want to compete with teams like Woodridge and Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy. We must be running 10 or 11 months out of the year."