Written by Mark Griffin
Saturday, 25 October 2008 19:08
Woodmore sophomore Lacy Nagy knew it was important for her to finish as high as she could last Saturday at the Division III district cross country meet at Terra Community College in Fremont.
"I knew it would be kind of tight with our team because we were going in there as the No. 1 seed," Nagy said. "We knew everyone was gunning for us and I wanted to give us that extra edge. I know Bailey (sophomore teammate Bailey Ulinski) usually comes with me at the top. The first 800 meters, I was out in front. I felt pretty good. I had kind of a cold all week, but I felt pretty good."
Nagy, who placed 33rd at last year's Division III state meet, won the district title in 19:36. She finished first in 19:26 a week earlier at Walsh Park in Fremont while leading the Wildcats to their first Suburban Lakes League title since 2000.
Woodmore, ranked 12th in the state coaches' poll, scored 48 points to beat runner-up Old Fort by 13 points at the district meet.
Ulinski, a sophomore transfer from Eastwood, was second at the district in 19:54, just five seconds off her personal record. She was a state qualifier last season.
Woodmore junior Lynne Shroeder was fifth in 20:20, while senior Emma Sullivan placed 21st in 21:46 and sophomore Angelica McCoy was 22nd in 21:48.
"They performed well," Coach Mike Moreno said. "Lacy goes after it and I was trying to keep Bailey back a little with Lynn and let her take off the last mile. She kind of went after it, too. We're concentrating on my No. 4-5 runners more toward the end of the season because they're going to make or break us. They're really improving and running well."
The Wildcats advanced to Saturday's Tiffin regional, where the top four teams and top 16 individuals advance to next week's state meet in Columbus.
To get to Scioto Downs for the second year in a row, Woodmore will need another top performance from Nagy.
"Lacy is a front-runner," Moreno said. "She likes being out front. She knows her own capabilities. She studies other runners. She knows who she can run with and who she can't. She does her homework and she's had a real strong year."
Nagy won the Lakota Invitational and the SLL meet, and also took second at the Clay Invitational, fifth at the Fostoria Invitational and 10th at the Tiffin Carnival.
Nagy, who competed in the 1600, 3200 and 4x800 relay for the track team last spring, said the addition of Ulinski, last year's SLL champion, has made her a better runner.
"She definitely pushes me at pratcice," said Nagy, who has a 3.9 GPA. "Last year I ran in between the boys and the girls at practice. I was faster than the girls and fast enough to run with our sixth and seventh boys. Bailey usually runs up with me."
Said Moreno, "Bailey had a very solid year. She's beaten Lacy a couple times this year in dual meets. They feed off each other and work together. It's a friendly rivalry."
Nagy said her goal this season is to get Woodmore to the state meet again as well to finish in the top three as an individual. The next step to getting there is Saturday's regional in Tiffin.
"We're going to have to run our best," Nagy said. "Everyone is trying to get us. Last year we made a name for ourselves and we snuck in there. This year we're really strong. I know all our girls can do it."