Three Rivers hosted 15 other schools, including Constantine and Centreville, in Tuesday’s Big Hill Invitational. Olivet was the boys team champion at 93, followed by Marshall (99), Constantine (102), Edwardsburg (132), and Three Rivers (134). Centreville took ninth at 234. On the girls side, Marshall was first with 41, followed by Union City at 78. Centreville was sixth at 138 with the Falcons and Wildcats not recording a team tally.
Individually, the top St. Joseph County runner was Centreville’s Logan Weis, second in the boys race at 17:44.0, just under two seconds back on gold medalist Boden Genovese (17:42.7) of Coloma. Constantine’s Ethan Glick was third at 17.48.8. Johnathan Pant led the Three Rivers boys in 16th overall at 19:23.9 and Sulley Zietlow snagged 20th at 19:40.5.
“Tonight was a challenging race on a tough course,” said TR boys coach Jason Muckel. “Our young team is learning a lot as we race early on in the season. We are seeing the confidence build. This is a great opportunity for us to continue to build our training as we move toward our next meet.”
On the girls side, TR’s Jennifer Hernandez was the top local runner, placing fourth at 22:57.9. The top runner overall was Marshall’s Camille DeCola at 21:25.4. Centreville’s Autumn Major was 11th with a 23:48.9 mark with teammate Ellie Reed 19th at 24:44.7. Constantine’s top girl was Emma Schnepp, 51st at 29:14.2. Medals for the event were given to the top 10 placers for each grade level.
Elsewhere Tuesday, Sturgis competed in the St. Joseph Invitational against the Bears and 10 other schools with a junior-senior race and a sophomore-freshman race. Sturgis’ quickest girl was junior Paityn Modern, 29th in the girls race at 24:31.1. Zachary Green for the boys was 34th in the junior/senior race at 20:09.0. Sophomore Nolan Park was the quickest Trojan overall, 15th in the sophomore/freshman boys race at 19:19.2.
On Wednesday, Mendon was among 17 schools competing in the Bridgman Invitational. The Hornets didn’t record a team score, but did have a fifth place finish in the girls race from Rowan Allen at 22:13.2. On the boys side, Landon Vanwormer took 12th at 19:53.6 and Ben Iobe was 22nd at 20:56.2.