By Brandon Judeh
Howland cross country runner Ryan Sullivan is never satisfied. Even after beating the rest of the field to the finish in the All-American Conference championships on Tuesday, he wasn’t entirely pleased.
Sullivan’s winning time was 16:41.
“I turned it on a little bit and put some distance between myself and the second-place runner around the two-mile mark and pulled away from there,” Sullivan said.
But the hard-to-please Sullivan said he wants to improve his time to around 16:30.
Sullivan won the American Division race. Liberty’s Jonathan Richmond won the National Division title after running a 16:52.
“I’m pleased with my time,” Richmond said. “I was trying to break into the 16s, because it was a barrier I had all year and I set this as a goal for myself.”
Richmond ran 500 miles over the summer in order to get into shape for the season and his coach, Phil Orlando, credits all of his hard work for his success this season.
“This is a flat course and this was a good time for our guys to run their fastest,” Orlando said. “Our kids are hard workers and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
Howland, with a score of 31, and Lakeview (24) won the overall team titles in the American and National divisions.
After the boys cleared the course, it was time for the girls to conquer the field, and conquer is just what Canfield’s Emma Lunne did.
She led from start to finish to claim the American Division and fell just short of a school record by running a 19:29.
“I was trying to break the school record of 19:07,” Lunne said. “I came close, but I just need to keep working out and work as hard as I can.”
Canfield coach Mike Yankey is pleased with her effort.
“She had never ran here before,” he said. “All cross country courses are different and she just wanted to come out and get the win and she did.”
Girard’s Domenique Hall won the National Division crown, as did her team with a total of 24 points. The Poland Bulldogs finished on top of the American Division with 29 points.
Poland triplets, McKinsie, Michelle and Melissa Klim all finished in the top 10 once again, while Taylor Craigo (Howland), Carissa Jenkins (Fitch), Catlyn Walker (Struthers), Amanda Richards (LaBrae), Hollie Frantz (Lakeview) and Magdalene Laginya (Champion) were also top-10 finishers in their divisions. Alec Kennedy (Canfield), Bryce Baker (Fitch), Ethan Petrilla (Howland), Eric Harris, Adam Bogard and Chris Edie (Lakeview), Kade Swartz (Girard) and Caleb Johnson (LaBrae) were top-10 boys finishers.