“It makes the season magical when you do something like that,”
said Tri-C coach Don Cox, who was named regional coach of
the year. “I can’t say enough about our runners. They just went
out and won it.”
of North Royalton led Tri-C with a fourth-place finish. She was
followed closely by Hannah Heath of Sullivan (sixth),
Hailey Vitolo of Perry (seventh), Hope Brown of
Middleburg Heights (seventh) and Juliet Rayer of North
All five of Tri-C’s all-region honorees ran personal best times
for the season. The College’s sixth- and seventh-place finishers
— Samantha Agresta of Middleburg Heights and Kristen van’t Veer
of Ashtabula — also posted their best times of the year.
The Triceratops entered regionals ranked 17th in the
country in the most recent U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country
Coaches Association poll. The next poll comes out Wednesday.
The cross country championship follows 2019 regional titles in
indoor and outdoor track. Cox said that this is the first time
one school has captured all three Region XII crowns in a single
The championship performance earned the team a ticket to the
national cross country finals, which will take place Nov. 9
in Albuquerque, New Mexico.