The Sturgis boys cross country team won the large division race Saturday at the Allegan Tiger Shark Invitational with 21 points. The meet was broken into two divisions based on school size.
The Trojans competed in the Tiger Division (large), which was scored as a split race between each team’s top-three runners (Division I) and its fourth-seventh-place runners (Division II).
Grant Brown (16:55), Shawn Bell (16:57) and Terry Stahl (17:40) finished third, fourth and 14th, respectively, for 21 points in Division I. Trever Sprowls (first), Daniel Steele (second), David Polzin (fifth) and Nicholas Franks (23rd) registered eight points in Division II to give Sturgis an overall winning total of 29 points.
Mattawan (49) and Thornapple-Kellogg (82) rouned out the top-three schools.
Sprowls clocked a lifetime best of 17 minutes, 16 seconds.
“The guys in the Division II race did even better than expected by beating the competition of West Ottawa by 58 points,” Sturgis coach Emerson Green said. “The original projections said they would need to win by about 30.
“Just to reinforce with everyone our depth, Daniel Tetzloff had a lifetime best of 18:30 as he won the JV race. Brandon Jones also had a lifetime best of 19:37 for the JV squad.”
Sturgis’ girls team was ninth in the Tiger division with 161 points. Peyton Boughton finished fourth overall in 20:15 to pace the Trojans. Emma Robertson (23:44) and Jennifer Jurardo (time not listed) had lifetime best times.
The Trojans are off until they host Saturday’s Kiwanis Invitational.