Michigan’s best cross country runners raced Saturday in the MHSAA Championships at Michigan International Speedway. St. Joseph county had runners representing five different schools take to the track.
One county runner was an individual medalist. In the Division 4 girls race, Mendon freshman Presley Allen capped an impressive debut season with a sixth place time of 19:27.24.
The Hornet girls placed 24th as a team at 495. Amber Hostetler was their second-best runner in 61st at 21:14.32. Rounding out the Mendon roster was Lauren Schabes (24:14.00, 195th); Chloe Behrends (26:04.73, 221st); Alivia Stuart (26:17.75, 225th); and Gracey Loker (32:02.57, 239th).
Colon‘s Macey Burgess also competed in the D4 race and placed 65th individually with a time of 21:17.82. In the D4 boys race. the lone Hornet runner, Ben Iobe, placed 200th with a time of 20:21.33. Magi freshman Chandler Lafler was 212nd at 20:43.84.
In the Division 3 boys race, Constantine placed 26th as a team with a score of 616. Ethan Glick was the fastest Falcon at 17:41.02, good for 99th. Next were Robbie King (18:38.25, 177th); Caden Jackson (18:40.42, 180th); Tyler Juday (18:54.14, 193rd); Erric Oldenberg (19:20.36, 217th); Julian Hawthorne (19:22.53, 218th); and Logan Patmalnieks (21:25.33, 254th).
Centreville had a runner in both the boys and girls D3 race. Logan Weis placed 129th in the boys run at 18:00.91 and Autumn Major grabbed 90th in the girls event at 20:47.05.
In Division 2, the Three Rivers boys finished 26th at a team score of 614. Seth Luegge was the quickest Wildcat at 17:34.37 in 152nd. After him were Sulley Zietlow (17:43.08, 171st); Kaid Hasse (17:45.12, 173rd); Javier Kelley-Martinez (17:58.02, 193rd); Jonathan Pant (17:58.28, 194th); Alexander Benthin (18:06.34, 207th); and Zachary Gowan (18:40.20, 235th).
TR also had an individual girls runner in D2 with Anezka Pradna placing 117th off a time of 20:36.51.