Clare’s season of dominance in cross country continued at the Delta College Regional meet on Saturday, with both Pioneer teams qualifying for the state finals.
The Clare girl’s team won their second straight regional championship, tallying 39 points with Saginaw Nouvel coming in second with 65.
“The girls have worked extremely hard to be able to achieve this together,” Clare girl’s head coach Kyle McKown said. “We are hopeful that we are still saving our best performances for Saturday’s State Final meet.”
Victoria Harper ran to a second place finish (19:52) and Lindsay Winter was third (20:00) to give both first-team all-regional honors. Robyn Stanley came in eighth (21:15) and Madison McPhee was 15th (21:29) to pick up second-team honors. Sadie Phillips was 16th (21:31), Melissa Benchley was 18th (21:36) and Paige Gould was 40th (23:09).
The boy’s team took second place with 62 points, with first place Freeland scoring 40.
“We’re still hoping for one more push for a decent finals finish,” boy’s head coach Adam Burhans said. “We have the talent to be in the top 15 Saturday, maybe higher. This is a doable goal with a great group of kids who believed in a team vision of being there for each other all year.”
Hunter Nivison ran to a third place finish (16:41), Kyler Phillips placed sixth (17:00), Lucas Combs was eighth (17:11), Kevin Spicer-Torres placed 11th (17:29), Chase Field was 34th (18:29), Riley Crawford was 41st (19:16) and Brock Demo was 46th (19:22).
Burhans also noted that the team has a team GPA of 3.538, which the squad will be honored as Team Academic All-State on Saturday as well.
The Farwell boy’s team will also be making the trip to the state finals after coming in third place with 108 points.
Brandon Frank came in 12th (17:30), Luke Schultz was 13th (17:31), Joe Bowen was 18th (17:57), Kurt Meister was 32nd (18:19), Trevor Staley was 33rd (18:28), Glenn McDaniel was 52nd (19:38) and Garrett McQuiston was 58th (19:52).
The shorthanded Farwell girl’s team saw it’s season come to an end, with Contessa Hammond being it’s top finisher in 20th place (21:46). Randa Schultz took 70th (29:15) and Megan Emmendorfer was 71st (29:26).
Harrison’s girl’s team took sixth place with 154 points but was highlighted by Brooke Colville coming in sixth place (20:58), qualifying her for the state finals as an individual. Also running for the Lady Hornets were Rae Bundoff in 30th (23:03), Kayla McKenna in 32nd (23:04), Raylene Ramirez placed 36th (23:12), Stephanie Prince was 51st (24:56) and Mandy Houck placed 64th (33:41.)
The Harrison boy’s squad took ninth place with 237 points and had a 16th place finish by Brenden Taylor (17:44) as it’s top finisher. Dalton Macdormott took 20th (18:00), Phillip Hale was 59th (19:53), Nairobi Thomas was 66th (20:11), Ruben Saenz was 76th (20:39) and Kyle Eichhorn was 85th (21:06).
Saturday’s state finals are held at Brooklyn’s Michigan International Speedway.