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October 19, 2013

high school cross country:

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CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS — Easy sailing

Reilly Walsh has had some kind of season. And she showed no signs of letting up Saturday morning. Neither did her teammates.

Walsh dominated the field at the Region 3 Invitational to capture the varsity girls title with a time of 20:05.5.

The Lady Blue Devils placed six runners in the top 14 and beat Maplewood in the team race by 48 points (31-59).

“I was going for my record but I missed it by a little bit,” Walsh said. “That’s okay.”

Rocky Grove’s Maggie Prorok took second followed by Walsh’s teammate Olivia Mamula in third.

“We’ve been doing a ton of hills at intervals the last two weeks,” Mamula said. “We were really trying to work it because we knew had home course for a reason.”

The fourth and fifth place battle between Conneaut’s Brooke Phelps and Maplewood’s Savannah Phillips was intense.

Cambridge Springs’ cross country course winds up behind the high school softball field and brings the runners down a hill out of the woods three times. At one point, Phelps had a decent lead over Phillips. Then it was Phillips ahead of Phelps.

When they came to the final stretch, the pair were neck and neck. The two collided at the finish sending Phillips to the muddy ground. Phelps leaped over Phillips to take fourth by .6 seconds.

The top five finishers were separated by just one minute and nine seconds, which should set up quite the showing at District 10 championships on Saturday at Buhl Park in Sharon. Conneaut is Class AA and Maplewood Class A, however, so Phelps and Phillips will not get another shot.

Maplewood’s Abby Martinson finished seventh to earn first team all-region. Cambridge Springs’ Sadie Brown, Madison Klemm, Kierstin Skelton and Hayley Brown earned second team all-region with their top 14 finishes as did Saegertown’s Breanna Ferguson.

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