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October 8, 2013

Cross Country: Panther boys, Spa girls win region titles

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CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS — Spa duo seals title

Both the Cambridge Springs and Conneaut girls came into Tuesday’s meet with undefeated 6-0 records. But Conneaut was going to have to run one heck of a race to beat the Lady Blue Devils on their own course.

The Spa girls made sure there was no upset in the works, placing five runners in the top seven to claim the 20-37 victory over the Lady Eagles.

“We had a nice little group up there,” said Cambridge Springs junior Reilly Walsh who was the top finisher in the race, finishing the course in 19:59.

“I was very happy with Reilly’s time,” said Shader. “She broke 20 minutes on this course, and with the modified course that’s even more impressive.” (Note: This season, the Cambridge Springs course was extended to a full 3.1-mile length.)

Walsh was followed by teammate Olivia Mamula in second in 20:37. Mamula had trailed Conneaut’s Brooke Phelps throughout the first mile, but eventually overtook the Eagles runner and finished 57 seconds ahead.

“It’s a mental game, and I got beat,” said a dissapointed Phelps. “We had a chance, but it wasn’t today. ... We had a good season. It would have been nice to win it all. But if you can’t, you can’t.”

The Blue Devil girls also took fourth place, thanks to Sadie Brown’s time of 22:35.

“Sadie Brown has been phenomenal this year,” said Shader. “She’s really stepped up for our third girl. She’s several minutes faster than she was last year.”

Conneaut’s Lacey Murray was fifth in 22:47.

Then it was two more Spa girls in sixth and seventh — Kiersten Skelton (22:57) and Madison Klemm (23:37).

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