2009 OHSAA State Cross Country Tournament Recap
Saturday, Nov. 7 at Scioto Downs Race Track
Click below for full results from each race:
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The most dominating
performance in the history of the OHSAA girls cross country state
championships was turned in by the Rocky River Magnificat girls team in
Division I to highlight the 2009 boys and girls finals held Nov. 7 at
sunny and warm Scioto Downs Race Track in Columbus.
The championship for Magnificat was its second in a row and third
overall. Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary won the girls Division II race for
their first title and Minster repeated as girls Division III champion
for its girls state record eighth championship. On the boys’ side,
Division I Cleveland St. Ignatius won its third state championship,
Division II Peninsula Woodridge won its fourth-straight title and fourth
overall, while Division III Independence won its first championship.
The Magnificat girls’ top five runners finished second, third, fourth,
ninth and 10th, respectively, to amass a total of only 28 points,
breaking the previous best girls score by five points, and only three
points off the best boys score of 25 points by Caldwell in 1987. The previous best girls
team score had been 33 points by the 1995 Cleveland Heights Beaumont
Minster’s eight team titles are now most in OHSAA girls cross country
history. The Wildcats had been tied with Cleveland Heights Beaumont with
The St. Vincent-St. Mary girls were making only their second appearance
in the state finals after finishing seventh last year, but saw their top
two runners finish fourth and sixth, respectively, to help propel the
Irish to the title.
Overall winners on the girls side were Sylvania Northview senior
Meredith Wagner in Division I in 18:03.90, Cuyahoga Falls Cuyahoga
Valley Christian Academy junior Christina Blair in Division II in
18:39.71 and Versailles sophomore Tammy Berger in Division III in
After winning back-to-back titles in 1993 and 1994, Cleveland St.
Ignatius reclaimed the Division I boys crown as its top five runners
finished seventh, 16th, 18th, 19th and 22nd, respectively.
In boys Division II, the four-straight titles for Woodridge are the most
consecutive boys titles since Caldwell won eight in a row from 1985-1992
in Class A (1985-88) and Division III (1989-92). The Bulldogs’ top five
runners finished eighth, 11th, 16th, 25th and 33rd, respectively.
In its first time qualifying as a team to the state finals, Independence
won with 84 points as its top five runners finished first, second, 10th,
19th and 52, respectively, among team competitors.
Overall winners on the boys side were Mason junior Zach Wills, a repeat
winner in Division I, who crossed the finish line in 15:45.11. Bay
Village Bay junior Michael Brajdic won the Division II race in 15:49.81,
while Independence sophomore Ryan Polman won the Division III race in