The St. Francis Knights cross country team and Clay’s Erin Gyurke were the top athletes from the Three Rivers Athletic Conference that competed in the OHSAA state cross country championship meet that was held Saturday, November 3, at National Trail Raceway, in Hebron, Ohio.

Clay junior Erin Gyurke finished in 8th place in the girls Division I race with a time of 18:10.77 earning her an All-Ohio honors.

The top 15 finishers in each race receive all-Ohio medals. The top 25 runners earn all-Ohio honors from the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches.

“Being in the Top 10 is amazing and my time was all I could ask for.  I ran a really good race and I’m really happy” Gyurke told Toledo Blade sports writer Donald Emmons after the race.  Last year she finished 16th in the state championships.

Freshman teammates Haley and Hannah Hess, who are twins, placed 56th and 83rd respectively with times of 19:05.09 and 19:30.36.

Notre Dame freshman Stephanie Sherman, competing in her first state championship race, finished in 40th place with a time of 18:56.67

St. Francis de Sales competed as a team for the third year in a row in the boys championship meet and finished in the Top 10 for the third straight time.  The Knights finished ninth in the team standings with 232 points.  Cleveland St. Xavier won the team championship with 71 points.

Sophomore David St. John was the top finisher for the Knights quintet crossing the finish line in 34th place with a time of 15:57.57.  His teammates Kyle Lach, this year’s TRAC champion, finished 51st with a time of 16:09.41 followed by Dan Lenart (87th, 16:29.44), Dan Siebenaller (92nd, 16:34.11), and Jason White (105th, 16:40.02) respectively.

After the race Lach told the Toledo Blade, “I think we raced well as a team.  We were really connected [and] I think we went out there today and raced our best.”

Finishes for individual TRAC runners competing in the race include Louis Guardiola of Fremont Ross, who placed 44th with a time of 16:04.33, Matt Waaland of Findlay (62nd, 16:15.74), and Central Catholic duo sophomore George McCartney (69th, 16:18.73) and senior Charlie Gibbons (77th, 16:25.40).

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