Lisa Davies of West Branch won her Division II race by 30 seconds with the fastest time of the day in the overall field.
By JOE SCALZO
VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF
BOARDMAN -- Lisa Davies has said that she usually doesn't like to run by herself.
Emphasis on usually.
The West Branch High senior cruised to the Division II girls cross country title at Saturday's Spartan Invitational, running the Boardman High course in 19 minutes, 11.91 seconds to win the race by 30 seconds.
"I didn't expect to win by that much," Davies, who finished second at last year's Spartan Invitational, said. "When I saw some of the teams here, I thought I was really gonna have to go."
Davies earned the Laurie Gomez-Henes trophy for running the fastest time in any division. Massillon Jackson junior Brittannie Hall had the second-fastest time, running 19:35.97 to win the Div. I title.
"I trained hard over the summer, but I was sane about it," Davies said. "I'd go hard some weeks and lighter on other weeks."
She also went to the Camp Fitch running camp this summer and, when she wasn't training, would read motivational articles.
One quote stuck out: "Success only stops when you do."
"I always try to do my best and when I'm running by myself, I just try to run by the clock," Davies said. "Even when it gets hard, you can't stop."
Her senior teammate, Megan Cingcade, finished fourth with a time of 20:11. Mooney senior Val Zajac placed seventh with a time of 20:21.
Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy won the Div. II team title.
"I'd like to see our team make it to state," Davies said. "Megan's got a lot better this year."
Wenhold is runner-up
McDonald senior Jenn Wenhold placed second for the second straight season, finishing one second behind Woodridge's Katie Hughes. Wenhold's sister, Jess, placed 12th to lead the Blue Devils to a second place finish. Gilmour Academy won the team title.
"I'm happy because I improved my time [20:00], but I guess it's kind of sad because I thought I had her at the end," Jenn Wenhold said. "I expected our team to get fourth or fifth, so that's good."
Carrie Hart of LaBrae placed seventh and Samantha Bonar of Badger placed 10th.
Boardman junior Brittany Durkin placed 10th in Division 1 -- she finished 40th last year -- to lead the Spartans to a ninth-place finish. Boardman senior Monica Cuevas, who played soccer last year, placed 20th.
Massillon Jackson successfully defended its Div. I team title.