Both the Mendon boys and Centreville girls cross country teams finished 21st at Saturday’s Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 4 state finals at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.
Leading the Hornets was senior Keaton Crotser, who clocked a time of 17 minutes, 28.5 seconds for 25th place overall. Freshman Charlie Newburry was 82nd (18:24.7), classmate Colin Steinberger was 108th (18:50.4), sophomore Dakota Ames finished 121st (18:59.4) and senior Wyatt Cupp was 132nd (19:12.7). Senior Connor Henckel (140th) ran a time of 19:23.4 and freshman Jacob Dudley was 142nd (19:25.1) for Mendon.
The freshman tandem of Abagail Schlabach and Gabriella Schlabach paced Centreville in the girls race with 31st– and 38th-place finishes, respectively. Abagail crossed the line in 20:51.6, while Gabriella finished in 21:11.3.
Four of the Bulldogs’ five scorers were freshmen, setting up what the program hopes will be several more state finals appearances.
Senior Morgan Walton ran her last race in 23:13.9 for 120th place, rookie Paige Walton was 123rd in 23:19.9, and freshman Alexa Jackson was 152nd in 24:19.9. Also running for Centreville were Cayla Ferrier (161st, 24:46.0) and Asia Pratel (165th, 25:15.1).
In her first state finals race, Sturgis freshman Meah Yunker placed 43rd overall in Division 2 with a time of 19 minutes, 24.2 seconds. She was the fourth fastest frosh in the race. Trojans junior Meg Scheske turned in a time of 19:47.2 for 76th place overall.
Three Rivers senior Carissa Kelley took 132nd with a time of 20:24.9.
In Division 3, Constantine senior Quinten Prieur closed out his prep career with a time of 17:25.3, which was good for 93rd place.