In Wolverine Conference cross country competition Tuesday at Three Rivers, the host Wildcats beat Sturgis 25-31 in the girls race and Sturgis beat Three Rivers 18-37 in the boys race.
The Trojans captured the top two spots on the girls side as Meg Scheske finished first overall in 21 minutes, 28 seconds, followed by Meah Yunker’s runner-up run of 22:26. But Three Rivers packed in the next five positions to take the victory. Carissa Kelley was third (23:25), Natalie Kelley placed fourth (23:51), Samantha Mohney was fifth (24:13), Madison Bowers finished sixth (24:20) and Kaitlin Ritchie was seventh (24:25).
“At the meet tonight we achieved one of our season goals, which is to beat Sturgis,” Three Rivers girls coach Josh Bell said. ”We had such a close pack of runners in the 3rd through seventh places that even though their runners finished in the first and second places, we earned the victory. I’m very proud of the team because we stressed all week how important it is to beat Sturgis, as they are a St. Joseph Country and Wolverine Conference rival. Our girls put aside their discomfort and simply did what had to be done to win.”
Sturgis pushed the first four runners past the finish line in the boys race, with Jake Bundy leading the way in 19:51. Noah Franks was second (20:29), Lane Kimes took third (20:42) and Andrew Baker placed fourth (20:47).
Donald Munro (20:59), Colby Hasse (21:13) and Logan Borst (21:18) finished as a pack in the fifth, sixth and seventh spots for Three Rivers.
Photos courtesy of Josh Bell