October 22, 2009


Trojans out-run Cortland

Cross CountryJoe McIntyre/staff photographer
Homer Central’s Bori Tozser leads the pack during Wednesday’s OHSL cross country meet at Cortland High. Tozser finished first in 21:40.

It was a clean sweep for the visiting Homer Central cross country teams against Cortland High on Wednesday afternoon, the Trojan boys breezing to a 15-43 triumph while the girls took five of the top six places and totaled 17 points to defeat the hosts’ incomplete squad.
Andrew Gregg led a solid pack of five Homer runners, who put together a pack time of 1:16, across the line in 18:55. That was a second ahead of runner-up James McKenna as the Trojans finished their OHSL Freedom Division dual-meet season at 3-4. Jake Weber was third in 19:25, Chris Handelmann fourth in 19:55 and Evan Alexander fifth in 20:11 for the winners.
Aaron Boyland led the Purple Tigers home, taking sixth in 20:35, while teammate Mark Vidulich was seventh in 20:46 and Zach Forrester eighth in 21:09. Rounding out the scoring for the hosts were Barklee Sanders, who was 10th in 21:41, and Dustin Spaulding, 12th in 22:04.
“Aaron and Mark both ran close to the 20-minute mark,” Cortland coach Bob Vidulich said, his team having completed a 1-6 dual-meet season. “Homer did an awfully nice job with the top five finishers; they’re a good team. “Our kids ran pretty well; Aaron has been our leader all year, with Mark pretty much second and Zach third. They’ve worked hard, as have all team members; there’s been good improvement in times, and if they keep working like they have been they’ll keep getting better each year.”
Homer 17, Cortland incomplete: The Trojans’ Bori Tozser was the winner in 21:40, with teammates Abbey Gray second (22:06) and Nikea Ulrich (24:28) third, respectively. Kelly McKenna took fifth in 26:423 and Brianna Hughes sixth in 30:02 for the winners, who finished their dual-meet season with a 1-5-1 record.
Jen Merckel was fourth in 26:11 for Cortland (0-6-1), while Kaitlyn Bishop returned from an injury to take seventh in 30:28. Taylor Grossi was unable to finish the race due to injury, and Aria Brown and Kayla Starmer were out due to illness.
“The girls worked hard, but we have a young team,” Bob Vidulich said. “Homer has a sharp bunch of girls and did a very nice job.
“Next year both of our teams will be more competitive.”
The boys and girls from both schools will next compete in Saturday’s OHSL Meet at Cato-Meridian.