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Top Moment #7 X-Country NBC Domination, Rankin Wins Region

Mackenzie Rankin Cross Country Louisville Leopards

7. X-Country NBC Domination, Rankin Wins Regional

On October 15, both the Boys and Girls Cross Country teams swept the NBC Meet with little resistance.  For the Boys team it was their sixth consecutive conference title and for the Girls team it was their fourth title in five years.

The boys team finished with a combined time of 1:29:24.94, which was 47 places better (32) Beatty's Sports Gear Up For Football Seasonand almost three and half minutes faster than second place Marlington (79). The boys team was led by Nick Koczwara who finished third overall with a time of 17:29.36.  The Leopards had six runners place in the top ten along with Koczwara.  They included: Sean Gronow, Zach Cummings, Stephen Gronow, Stephen Stamp, and Nick Thomas.

The girls team finished with a combined time of 1:44:14.84, which was 28 places (33) and almost four minutes faster than second place Minerva (61).  Mackenzie Rankin finished second overall with a time of 19:34.55, which was just four seconds behind Minerva’s Kaele Lightfoot.  Also aiding Louisville’s victory were Amanda Oberster, Michelle Stamp, and Hannah Rumble who finished in the sixth through eighth consecutively.

After finishing second at Districts, Rankin blew by the field to capture an individual Regional Title on October 29.  Rankin finished 22.55 seconds ahead of Solon’s second place runner Therese Haiss with a time of 19:38.54.  Her effort helped propel the Lady Leopards to a second place finish at the Youngstown Regional, which earned them a trip to state.

2011 Boys Cross Country Results

MeetDateMeetResultScore
18/27GlenOak Invitational7th out of 27194
29/3Avon Lake Invitational (at Lorain Community College)5th out of 21166
39/10Tiffin Carnival15th out of 40439
49/24Culver Academy Invitational16th out of 36476
510/1Stark County Championships (at GlenOak)2nd out of 2076
610/8Medina Invitational15th out of 24443
710/15NBC Championship (at Marlington)1st out of 732
810/22District Meet (at Malone)4th out of 18110
910/29Regional Meet (at Boardman)10th out of 16285

2011 Girls Cross Country Results

MeetDateOpponentResultPlaces
18/27GlenOak Invitational4th out of 19166
29/3Marlington Invitational1st out of 2088
39/17Boardman Invitational8th out of 29292
49/24Strongsville Invitational8th out of 25221
510/1Stark County Championship (at GlenOak)2nd out of 1887
610/8Medina Invitational15th out of 21381
710/15NBC Championship Meet (at Marlington)1st out of 833
810/22District Meet (at Malone)5th out of 14136
910/29Regional Meet (at Boardman)2nd out of 16115
1011/5State Championship Meet (at Hebron National Trails)16th out of 16351

Top 12 Leopards Sports Moments of 2011-12

Honorable Mention Moments

12. Girls Soccer Scores 24 Goals in 2 Games, Records Fall

11. Poyser Wins Back-To-Back District Wrestling Titles

10. Girls Golf Wins Inaugural NBC Title

9. Girls Tennis Wins 2nd Straight NBC

8. Undefeated Girls Track & Gentry Wins Regional

7. X-Country NBC Domination, Rankin Wins Regional

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