By MIKE SHAFFER
For the Star Beacon
ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP —
Chris Lemay entered the world about two minutes ahead of his twin brother Josh. The younger Lemay was much closer to his older sibling at the War on the Shore Monday at Lake Shore Park.
Chris Lemay, a State qualifier a year ago for Edgewood, took the finish line first with a time 18:15.26. Josh followed him in second just a few seconds behind at 18:17:50.
“When you have your brother running side by side with you it’s always a fun run,” Josh Lemay said.
They are competitors, too, though. “There’s a sibling rivalry,” Chris said. “I’m not going to lie about that. Honestly, I wanted to beat him. We push each other though.”
Edgewood coach Steve Hill could not have been more pleased with his two top finishers.
The two of them have worked very hard this summer. Josh fell a little behind last year when Chris made it to State and I think that’s served as motivation for him.”
While Edgewood could brag the top two finishers, it was the Madison Blue Streaks that captured the team trophy with a score of 60. Edgewood also had a score of 60. Madison won on a tie-breaker.
Patrick Darrough led the Blue Streaks across the finish line with a time of 18:28:85, good for third place.
“This is a pretty hard course, so the times were a little slower today,” Darrough said.
Darrough stayed close with the Lemays for most of the race, but could not pass them at the end.
Madison coach Jeremy Verdi was thrilled not only for his third-place finisher but for his entire team.
“We’ve been coming here for quite a while and missing out here and there. This year we finally put it together,” Verdi said.
“We had twenty guys that were just working their butts off and I had some guys that I had no idea would be in the spots they finished in.
“Patrick was a kid that didn’t get a full track season in (last year) but he was at the top of district at the Division I two-mile run at Mentor. So we knew coming in that, if put the miles in this summer, which he had, he was going to be a definite frontrunner for us.”
Also placing in the top ten for Madison was Jake Wysocki, who finished with a time 19:37:46 good for eighth place.
Finishing fourth and fifth individually and representing Lakeside was William Taggart and Brady Bunnell.
Taggart finished with a time of 18:30:10, while Brunell came in at 18:50:87.
First year coach for Lakeside Erik van’t Veer was pleased in his coaching debut.
“I think the meet went really well for us,” van’t Veer said. “We had a couple of kids up front that looked really strong.
I’m very pleased. We’ve had a good summer of training, the boys worked really hard and today it showed that they are serious about doing well.
Pymatuning Valley placed two runners in the top ten as well.
Corry Mientkiewicz finished seventh with a time of 19:01:80 while his brother, Chet, finished ninth at 19:48:62.
Steven Houser was Jefferson’s top finisher coming in 12th with a time of 19:58:89.
Geneva’s Darren Haydu paced the Eagles, finishing 21st with a time of 20:35:42.
As a team, the Mentor Cardinals took third place with a score of 64. Lakeside came in fourth with a team score of 81.
Shaffer is a freelance writer from Ashtabula.