There were only two schools competing in the Division I race in the Star Beacon’s coverage area as Lakeside’s boys placed seventh overall while the Dragons’ girls placed eighth.
Geneva’s girls finished 11th.
On the boys side, Lakside was led by senior Brandon Lopez who placed 18th by running a 17:41.3.
“That’s fair for him,” Dragons coach Greg Zannelli said. “It’s not his best time, not his worst time. The course was slow and we had a tough week of training so this was about what I was expecting.”
Lopez was followed by juniors Brady Bunnell (31st, 18:21.9), William Taggart (37th, 18:36.3), Logan Cleversy (44th, 19:04.9) and Caleb Henery (47th, 19:13.9).
“We’ve had a few injuries, but everyone has been working really hard,” Zanelli said. “Our fifth man has been different every race and there’s been no crying just competition. That’s absolutely a good thing to have.”
Zanelli said he wasn’t entirely satisfied with the meet itself, though, noting that they may not return next year to better prepare for this week’s upcoming Premier Athletic Conference meet.
That goes along with the lines of his team’s mantra for the season.
“We’ve kind of adopted the philosophy to be bigger than Ashtabula,” he said. “It’s not good enough to be the best in Ashtabula, we want to be the best anywhere . It doesn’t matter what county we’re in, we want that competition.”
Leading the Dragons on the girls side was Karen Barrientos with a 33rd place finish with a time of 21:37. Senior Kristen Beres followed in 40th with a time of 21:53.9 preceded by sophomores Carlie Watt (41st, 21:57.7), Megan Abrams (62nd, 23:21.3) and senior Jennifer Schwentker (24:36.9).
Hailey VanHoy was the leader of the pack for Geneva as the junior finished 24th with a time of 21:08. Eagles following her were sophomores Emily Deering (51st, 22:36.6), Julia Hanchosky (63rd, 23:22.1), Kayla Nieset (73rd 25:01.9) and freshman Sydney VanHoy (27:53.3).