A busy day of cross country at Saturday’s Centreville Invitational netted several local individuals and teams championship hardware early in the season. There were a total of eight races in the varsity competition. Class A and B schools combined to form one division and Class C and D schools competed in the other. Within those divisions, there were underclassman and upperclassmen races.
Three Rivers’ girls took second place in the 9th-10th grade race and the 11th-12th grade race. Natalie Kelley led the Wildcat underclassmen with a third-place run of 22:12.51. Karlie Burks was sixth (22:49.47) and Madison Bowers placed seventh (22:52.23).
For the upperclassmen, Carissa Kelley was third in 21:28.62 and Samantha Mohney took sixth in 23:00.42. Stephanie McLochlin made the top 10 with a time of 23:15.35 (eighth).
“The team took advantage of beautiful weather and a fast course to produce some impressive performances today,” Three Rivers girls coach Josh Bell said. “Every girl who ran for us today had their personal best time for the season so I have to be happy about that. It was a great early season race for us.”
The Three Rivers upperclassmen were third with 40 points. Cole Appoloni crossed the line in sixth (18:44.30) and Logan Borst was 10th in 19:34.80.
“The team had an outstanding day,” Three Rivers boys coach Alex Schmidtendorff said. “All six guys ran season-best times and competed well. As a group we continue to make gains every week.”
Nathan Ritchie was sixth (20:50.74) in the 9th-10th grade race for the Wildcats.
Sturgis’ boys team scored 24 points to finish second to Coldwater (13) in the 9th-10th grade race. Lane Kimes paced the Trojans in fourth (23:02.20) and Carlos Lara Flores was eighth (21:59.13). In the same age division, Sturgis’ girls were third with 36 points. Coldwater won with a score of 22. Meah Yunker was runner-up in 21:05.77, Lexani Alejo was eighth (23:05.58) and Kiley PeDue placed 10th (23:41.14).
The Trojan boys were second to Coldwater in the 11th-12th grade competition. Jake Bundy was the quickest Sturgis runner in fifth (18:24.86), followed by Noah Franks (seventh, 18:53.69) and Andrew Baker (eighth, 19:02.92).
Sturgis claimed a title in the 11th-12th grade girls race with 16 points, led by Meg Scheske’s second-place time of 20:41.23. Cassie Herman was fifth in 22:36.69 and Angela Duran placed seventh with a time of 23:02.20. Vanessa Gonzalez was 10th (23:56.52).
Constantine’s boys team pulled off a victory in the 11th-12th grade race with 24 points. Mendon was second with 45 and Centreville placed fifth with 69.
Quentin Prieur enjoyed an 11-second victory (17:16.49) for Constantine to hold off Centreville’s Justus Chupp (17:27.51). Sam Warren helped the Falcons earn the team win with a fourth-place run of 18:03.61. Mendon’s Keaton Crotser was sixth overall (18:21.78), teammate Connor Henckel was seventh (18:42.68) and Constantine’s Jack Jones was also among the top 10 with a time of 18:53.10 in eighth.
Mendon claimed runner-up in the 9th-10th boys race with 30 points. The Kalamazoo Cougars won the event with 21. Constantine was third (41) and Centreville placed sixth (85).
Logan Hofmeister paced the local contingent in second place for Constantine with a time of 18:40.83. Mendon’s Dakota Ames placed fourth (18:48.87), Charlie Newburry was sixth (18:56.05) and Jacob Dudley took ninth (19:17.75). Constantine’s Jacob Dehaven finished 10th in 19:35.15.
The Kalamazoo Cougars girls team registered 15 points, followed by Schoolcraft (21) in the 11th-12th grade competition. They were the only two teams to post team scores.
Centreville’s Morgan Walton finished eighth overall (24:37.27).
For the underclassmen, Centreville was the top squad with 26 points, while Constantine placed fourth with 53.
Finishing first and second, respectively, were Centreville’s Gabriella Schlabach (21:03.71) and Abagail Schlabach (21:05.36).
Photos by Chris Carpenter
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