October 2, 2008
Trojans break in new home course
Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Jackson Randolph of Homer Central heads for a fourth place finish during Wednesday’s OHSL Liberty Division cross country meet at the Trojans’ new Lime Hollow Nature Center course.
Jackson Randolph, Jacob Weber and James McKenna guided Homer Central boys to a split in OHSL Liberty Division cross-country action Wednesday.
The Trojans trio finished in the Top 10 as Homer hosted Jordan-Elbridge and Hannibal in the first-ever meet run at Lime Hollow Nature Center off McLean Road in Cortlandville.
Homer beat Hannibal 21-40 while J-E defeated the Trojans 21-37 and Hannibal 17-44. The Homer boys are 2-2 on the season.
Homer girls ran incomplete in their varsity race with Hannibal, who was also incomplete. J-E was the double winner. The Trojan ladies are 0-3 after the loss to the Eagles with no decision rendered with Hannibal.
Randolph ran fourth behind the J-E trio of Cody Stanton, Mike Marrero and Greg Bader that posted matching times of 17:48. Randolph’s time was 17:52, one second faster than Josh Sheldon of Hannibal and Weber, credited with fifth and sixth respectively. McKenna was on their heels in seventh-place with a time of 17:57.
“Jackson Randolph ran a great race,” said Homer coach Jim Baldwin. “Jacob Weber impressed everyone with running very strongly to take our number two spot. It was great to see Andrew Gregg back out on the course after an early season injury. Tim Walsh continues to improve as he rounded out our top five.
“Jordan-Elbridge went 1-2-3 against both us and against Hannibal,” Baldwin continued. “They came in running extremely strong and relaxed. Our scouting reports revealed that J-E’s top three runners were extremely strong and had better times on courses we had also run this year, so we suspected that they would have us. We believed that we would have a chance against Hannibal, but were unsure. We went 1-3-4-6-7 against their 2-5-10-11-12.”
Bori Tozser finished third for the Homer girls with a time of 21:51 and Abbey Gray was next in fourth place after clocking 23:17 as both runners finished in the top 10.
“Bori Tozser ran very well this afternoon taking our first spot,” Baldwin said. “Abbey Gray looked very strong as she crossed the finish line. Jenelle Pedersen did a great job breaking 30 minutes for the first time.”
— At the end of the day of the day, Coach Baldwin offered these words about the new home course.
“The course at Lime Hollow was wonderful,” Baldwin said. “It was scenic and fast. The coaches from both schools thought it was a great venue for the inaugural race here. The athletes made really positive comments as well regarding the course and the conditions.
“The Homer cross-country team and the Friends of Homer Runners would like to thank Glenn Reisweber and his staff at Lime Hollow for all their hard work,” Baldwin continued. “The trails were in terrific shape. The satff worked extremely hard to accommodate our needs in case of bad weather and they made sure there was ample parking. Homer cross country owes them a deep level of gratitude.”
Homer cross-country will compete in the Tully Invitational Saturday at 10 a.m. before traveling to Westhill for a double-dual meet with the host Warriors and Solvay next Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.
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