Women's Cross Country

WomenCC 2013 


2014 Roster

Grade Name
Seniors Maria Bandwen
  Julie Borovicka
  Kelly Brennan,Captain
  Courtney Bush
  Olivia Cloud,Captain
  Lexi Gelinas
  Elise Ketz
  Rachael Massi,Captain
  Jiji Molley
  Jessica Steiner,Captain
  Hannah Topliff
Juniors Allyson Brahler
  Alexandra Ciccotelli
  Molly DeSantis
  Miranda Gabriel
  Janna Hearty
  Katrina Heil
  Hannah Hoffmann
  Pamela Karagiozis
  Caroline Kline
  Julia Koesel
  Michelle Leahy
  Abby Lenz
  Emily Lowe
  Elyse McMahon
  Stephanie Newrones
  Molly Onders
  Faithe Ondracek
  Caitlin O'Rourke
  Valerie Price
  Brenna Truax
Sophomores Andrea Chambers
  Emma George
  Elena Huang
  Ellen Hudock
  Christine Hughes
  Emma Kaczmar
  Kaylee Larsen
  Julia Mullins
  Halie Nitzsche
  Sam Ross
  Juli Thompson
  Murphy Vance
Freshmen Morgan Ciccotelli
  Claire Grace
  Anna Grace
  Isabelle Horning
  Caroline Kuczek
  Sarah Lowe
  Sammy Malone
  Katie McGrath
  Lauren Moretti
  Lauren Nemec
  Sophie Paxton
  Bryanna Renuart
  Annmarie Sabella
  Lauren Timm
  Maire Wellemeyer

Head Coach: Rose Mathie

Assistant Coaches: James Legins and Brent Brown.

Season Highlights

Lady Warriors Finish 14th in the State!

wccThe WJ girls cross country team traveled to Columbus this weekend where they earned an admirable spot in the championship competition to identify the fastest teams in Ohio. After finishing 2nd at the regional competition and 3rd at the district meet, they were pumped and ready to race against the best our state has to offer. The ladies performed admirably with 5 of the 7 hitting season PRs! It was a great end to a fun season!

Senior Melinda Renuart, who raced extraordinarily all season, earned her place in the Ohio All American Top 25 runners with her impressive finish!  Sophomore Molly Onders finished with a season PR of 19:37. Senior Abbey Cerroni also finished her year with a season PR of 20:20, and junior Kelly Brennan ended with a season PR as well: 20:28. It was a great day for the ladies! Sophomore Abby Lenz completed the top 5 finishers for the Warriors with a time of 20:31.  Freshman Kalyee Larsen completed the race with a season PR: 20:35 and sophomore Katrina Heil was right behind her with a season PR as well: 21:00. 

A 14th place finish is what they earned as a team, individually they all achieved much more. We are proud of our ladies and can’t wait for next season! We wish all of the seniors a great year. Know that you will be missed!

WCCLady Warriors Seize Third Place at Regionals and Advance to the OHSAA State Competition!!

Amidst the cold and the crowds, 130 girls, representing 16 teams, headed to the starting line, 7 of them were Lady Warriors. This was no ordinary race. These runners and teams represented the best of the 55 teams and their fastest 408 runners in the Region. The WJXC secured their spot among this elite group last week, and they were determined to capture nothing less than a fourth place finish today which would secure their spot at States.

The race proved to be every bit as exciting as anticipated, with WJ senior Melinda Renuart once again running shoulder to shoulder with Solon’s fastest runner. It was hard not to be impressed with how these two ladies pushed each other the whole race, and how they stood out so far ahead of the rest of the competitors.  In the end, Solon’s runner had just enough strength to pull ahead of Renuart, and despite ending the race with a season PR of 18:50, Melinda took second place.

As a team, Walsh ladies were impressive, all 7 of our runners finished in less than 21:20. Sophomore Molly Onders finished strong with a time of 19:52; with sophomore Abby Lenz and senior Abbey Cerroni seconds apart: 20:15 and 20:18. Junior Kelly Brennan secured the fifth spot for the team (seven girls run, but the top five count for points) with a time of 20:40. Freshman Kaylee Larsen finished strong at 20:47, and Katrina Heil crossed the finish line at 21:14.As we waited for the official results, the team sang “Happy Birthday” to senior Abbey Cerroni, drank some much needed hot chocolate, and reminisced about their journey this season. Then the announcer began with the results. He counted backwards from 8th place, and each time we didn’t hear “Walsh Jesuit” was a brief second for us to do our own little personal happy dance.Third place! The ladies cheered, knowing the season was not quite over for them …yet. One more race! On Saturday the ladies travel to Columbus to compete in the State Competition! The race consists of the top 16 D1 High School teams in the state and the fastest 130+ high school runners in Ohio. Good luck Lady Warriors!




Cross Country


The day ended as it began, cold, wet, and dreary. It was Districts. The ray of sunshine that briefly broke through the monotony of those conditions came at roughly 1PM when the Walsh Jesuit Girls Cross Country Team began their race. The Warriors were down their number 3 runner, and learned another of their lead pack was injured as well. This was the first in the last series of races for seniors Melinda Renuart and Abbey Cerroni in the maroon and gold we all love so well, and they, along with their team-mates, knew they had much to prove.  Prior to Saturday, the Warriors were ranked 16th in the state with Nordonia ranked 11th and this was the first time all season they would compete against them.

In the end, the Lady Warriors clutched second place only a mere 7 points behind the first place Nordonia Knights! Senior Melinda Renuart finished in 1st place in the field of 83 with a time of 19:21. Sophomore Molly Onders secured 7th place with a time of 19:59, and three Knights between her and Renuart. Senior Abbey Cerroni crossed the finish line in 15th place with a time of 20:33 and junior Kelly Brennan finished in 19th place with a finish of 20:47. The injured number 3 runner left a vacancy in the top 5 that sophomores Katrina Heil and Carolina Kline as well as freshman Kaylee Larsen battled to fill. It was Larsen who prevailed with a time of 20:56, her season PR! Heil and Kline finished in the top 40.

The ladies advance to Regionals next Saturday where they will race against the Knights again as well as GlenOak, Solon and Massillon Jackson which should provide a fascinating race.  Senior Melinda Renuart will run shoulder to shoulder again with Solon's number one runner, (the only runner in the Cleveland area to beat Renuart this season.)  She will also compete against Chardon's number one runner who finished 10 seconds behind Solon's runner at their District meet this past Saturday.  It is sure to be an epic battle for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place individual finishes.

Please come out and support your Lady Warriors at Boardman High School this Saturday.  The top four teams will advance to the State competition.



Walsh Ladies' Cross Country Team Dominates North Coast League Championship Meet

DSCN1767The Lady Warriors cross country team defended their North Coast League title Saturday by dominating the 6 team meet. Our runners captured an impressive 5 out of the top 8 spots in the blue division varsity race. Senior Melinda Renuart led her team to the victory with a first place finish (defending her individual title as well), and a time of 19:55. In the closest finish for the ladies' top two runners, sophomore Molly Onders concluded her race 6 seconds behind Renuart and delivered the one, two Warrior punch for the third time this season! Sophomore Abby Lenz crossed the finish line in 4th place with a time of 20:47, senior Abbey Cerroni finished in 6th place with a time of 21:05, junior Kelly Brennan came in 8th place only 9 seconds behind Cerroni. Sophomore Katrina Heil finished in 13th place with a time of 22:10 and sophomore Miranda Gabriel finished in 23rd place with a time of 22:51. It has been an unseasonably warm cross country season, but the Lady Warriors head to Districts strong, poised and ready to prevail!

Congratulations also to Coach Rose Mathie who was named NCL Ladies' Coach of the Year by her colleagues.

And please support senior Melinda Renuart who is currently #2 in the race for girls cross country runner of the year. She needs your votes. Go to Cleveland.com and type in "Melinda cross country." And vote! Thank you!

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Ladies Capture Second Place at Stow

Despite the fastest total and average times of the Varsity Elite race, the Lady Warriors fell to second place with 87 points against Woodridge Local's 75 points at the Stow Invitational on Saturday. Senior Melinda Renuart crossed the finish line first for the ladies again with sophomore Molly Onders coming in 7th. Sophomore Abby Lenz crossed the finish line at 20:20 in 17th place surrounded by Woodridge Local runners in front of and behind her. Junior Kelly Brennan and senior Abbey Cerroni finished with less than 4 seconds separating them in 29th and 33rd places respectively. The field of 75 runners provided a competitive race for the Warriors, with sophomore Miranda Gabriel in 55th place and freshman Kaylee Larsen in 59th place.

Sophomores Katrina Heil and Caroline Kline gave the Warrior one, two punch in the JV race and led their team to a 4th place finish out of 16 teams.


Girls Earn Second Place at McQuaid Invitational

TwWarriors McQuaidenty two teams proved one too many this weekend at the McQuaid Invitational in Rochester, NY for the Lady Warriors. Our girls' varsity cross country team lost by only 23 points to Burnt Hills-Balston Lake (while 48 points separated them from the third place finisher). The girls raced hard in the unseasonably hot temperatures and showed the 7000 other runners representing 5 states and Canada that they are a true competitive force!

Racing to a third place overall finish was senior Melinda Renuart. Sophomore Molly Onders captured a 13th place finish, sophomore Abby Lenz seized 18th place, and with less than a half second separating them from each other, junior Kelly Brennan and Abbey Cerroni clutched the 32 and 33 spots. Other impressive finishes for the maroon and gold were: junior Miranda Gabriel, freshman Kaylee Larsen, sophomores Caroline Kline, Katrina Heil and Alex Ciccotelli.

Senior Maddy Heupler and sophomore Emily Lowe led their races for the Warriors with a 6th place finish in the 36 team JV race and a 5th place finish in the 17 team sophomore race. It was a clean sweep for the ladies of Burnt Hills-Balston Lake as they captured first in those races as well, giving our ladies something to shoot for next year!

Up next for the WJXC teams: Stow Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 5th.



In the Mud and Muck, Warriors Shine

WCC92313The Lady Warriors amassed an impressive low 47 points and emerged on top again at the Todd Clark Invitational at Cloverleaf High School on Saturday by defeating 15 teams. Capturing first and second places with less than 5 seconds separating them, senior Melinda Renuart and sophomore Molly Onders led the pack. The weather slowed the girls' times down and certainly made it difficult to achieve any personal records (PRs) this week, but it didn't stop the Warriors from showing the competitors what they are made of! Sophomore Abby Lenz and senior Abbey Cerroni captured 8th and 10th places with less than 10 second separating them from each other. Junior Kelly Brennan, sophomores Alex Ciccotelli, Katrina Heil, freshman Kaylee Larsen, and junior Miranda Gabriel all finished in the top 50 for the Warriors. All of the ladies crossed the finish line covered in mud, after running mucky terrain.

The ladies travel to New York this weekend to defend their title at the McQuaid Invitational in Rochester.




Lady Warriors Secure the Win


2013McDonoughThe Lady Warriors cross country varsity team crushed powerhouse teams Rocky River and Solon as well as 16 other teams at the McDonough Invitational on Saturday, September 14th. Leading the way for the team was Melinda Renuart with an amazing time of 18:52 and a second place individual finish. Renuart provided for an exciting competition as she competed shoulder to shoulder with Solon's leader the entire race. This marks the third victorious race out of four for the ladies so far this season. Sophomore Molly Onders finished fourth with a time of 19:43. Sophomore Abby Lentz competed well in the 131 lady race with a 9th place finish and a time of 20:06. Senior Abbey Cerroni captured a 13th place finish with a time of 20:42; and junior Kelly Brennan rounded out the top 5 Lady Warriors with a time of 21:03.

Freshman Murphy Vance led the Warriors JV team to a third place finish, and raced to a 6th place overall finish.

The Lady Warriors will compete at the Todd Clark Invitational at Cloverleaf High School on Saturday the 21st.


Third Place Finish for Ladies at Tomahawk Run

2013TomahawkRunThe Walsh Jesuit ladies' cross country team hosted the Tomahawk Run on Sept. 7. The varsity team raced to third place in the D1 event competing against 15 other teams.

Leading the way for the ladies was seasoned senior Melinda Renuart who finished first overall with a time of 19:07. Sophomore Molly Onders finished in 5th place with a time of 20:00. Sophomore Abby Lentz was right on Onders' heels with a time of 20:07 and an 11th place finish. The other two placing runners were junior Kelly Brennan and sophomore Miranda Gabriel.

Sophomore Katrina Heil led the Warriors JV team to a third place finish, and raced to the first place finish individually.




The Lady Warriors will compete at McDonough Invitational on Saturday the 14th.

Second Victory for the Ladies

WCC SecondRaceIn its first dual meet of the season, the WJ ladies cross country team triumphed over Tallmadge and Field high schools.  In the first official 5K run, senior Melinda Renuart competed successfully to a first place finish with a time of 19:58. The tough terrain of the course and the unseasonably hot temperatures slowed down the girls’ times overall, but didn’t’ prevent them from rolling over the competitors.  Sophomore Molly Onders finished second for the Warriors with a time of 20:42 and sophomore Abby Lenz was a mere 7 seconds behind her providing a glimpse of this young team’s future, and providing a top 3 finish for the Warriors! Junior Kelly Brennan and senior Abbey Cerroni rounded out the Warriors’ top 5 with impressive times of 21:39 and 21:47 respectively, crossing the line in 5th and 6th place for the maroon and gold. The meet ended with 11 Warriors securing spots in the top 20: junior Miranda Gabriel, sophomore Faithe Ondracek, sophomore Emily Lowe, freshman Kaylee Larsen, sophomore Caroline Kline and sophomore Katrina Heil.

Warriors host the Tomahawk Run on September 7th and will have the home course advantage.




Season Opener Closes with a Win for the Warriors!


WCC 2013OpenerThe 2013 Walsh Jesuit ladies’ cross country season opened on August 19th before school even started! The Bulldog Invitational, a shorter 3K race verses the traditional 5K distance for high schools, was comprised of 4 teams including one that made our 60-girl team look small: Jackson. The Lady Warriors prevailed victoriously with senior Melinda Renuart dominating the course and an impressive 12:06 finish. Sophomore Abby Lenz crossed the line in second for the Warriors with a 12:36, and proved an amazing competitor for the maroon and gold. Sophomore Molly Onders, junior Miranda Gabriel and junior Kelly Brennan rounded out the top 5 finishers for the Warriors and secured the win! Freshman Kaylee Larsen showed amazing prowess with a 7th place team finish and a time of 12:54!

The ladies compete in their first 5K race on August 28th.