The second week of September was a busy one for St. Joseph County cross country teams. On Saturday, Mendon welcomed Centreville, Colon, and 10 other schools in the Mendon Invite. The Hornets had the girls event champion in Presley Allen at 19:38.6 with Rowan Allen taking third at 21:25.0.
The Kalamazoo Homeschool team had the top boys and girls team score. Centreville was fourth for boys and fifth for girls with the Hornets and Magi not posting team scores. The Bulldogs had Logan Weis third in the boys race at 18:06.7 and Ethan Miller 12th at 19:15.5. Centreville’s best girl was Ellie Reed in 12th at 21:12.7 with Autumn Major 17th at 23:54.9.
For Colon, Dalton Williams was 19th in the boys race at 20:10.5 and Chandler Lafler was 23rd at 20:20.1. Macey Burgess was the top Magi girl in 21st at 24:33.6. Mendon’s best boy was Ben Iobe at 20:21.0 in 24th.
Elsewhere Saturday, Sturgis competed in the huge 54th Holly-Duane Raffin Festival of Races in Davisburg. The Trojan boys took 15th in the D2 race while the girls grabbed 10th. Leading the boys effort in 31st was Norlan Park at 18:14.8. The top Trojan girl was Tessa Hatt in 37th at 22:47.1.
Friday, Three Rivers went to East Lansing at the massive MSU Spartan Invitational. The TR boys placed 15th out of 26 scored teams and 26th out of 27 for girls. Two Wildcat boys cracked the top 50; Sulley Zietlow in 33rd at 18:00.09 and Johnathan Pant in 44th at 18:19.93. The highest placing TR girl was Jennifer Hernandez in 89th at 22:49.52.
“We had some nice individual performances today from some of our athletes,” said TR boys coach Jason Muckel. “We had a great week of hard practice and believe that we are right on track for what we want to see for this team as we move toward the end of the season.”
Wednesday, Constantine competed at Bridgman’s Lake Township Park in the first SAC Jamboree. The Falcons placed seventh for boys and didn’t record a girls team score. Ethan Glick had a solid showing, the fourth fastest boy at 17:48.12.
Wednesday also had the SCAA Preview meet hosted by Colon. Making the top 10 for the Magi boys were Dalton Williams (19:56.20, 4th) and Gavin Minor (20:55.66, 10th) and for the girls; Lilli Stanzel (23:10.64, 6th) and Macey Burgess (25:17.13, 9th)
The week started Monday with the Constantine 5K between the Falcons, Centreville, and White Pigeon. For boys, the Falcons was first at 28, then the Bulldogs (34) and WP (70). For girls, it was Centreville first (23), then the Chiefs (47) and Constantine (53).
Centreville’s Logan Weis was the fastest boy at 17:17.4, followed by Constantine’s Ethan Glick (17:36.8), Centreville’s Ethan Miller (18:40.4), Constantine’s Logan Patmalnieks (19:03.3) and WP’s Jesse Fielis (19:32.7).
The first three girls were all Bulldogs; Autumn Major (22:20.5), Ellie Reed (22:59.7) and Emmy Prtichard (24:14.9). White Pigeon’s Jamielynn Delarye (25:14.2) was fourth and Constantine’s Emma Schnepp (25:43.6) fifth.