Beadlescomb, Bonner cruise to titles

Beadlescomb, Bonner cruise to titles


Beadlescomb, Bonner cruise to titles


Morgan Beadlescomb and Rachel Bonner ran away from their respective fields Thursday in the Port Huron Cross Country Invitational at Central Middle School.

Algonac’s Beadlescomb won the boys race by 25 seconds with a time of 16 minutes, 26 seconds, while Port Huron’s Bonner won the girls race by 39 seconds with a time of 20:09. Both led their teams to second-place finishes.

But behind both Bonner and Beadlescomb there were a lot of Croswell-Lexington runners, as the Pioneers claimed the boys and girls titles at the meet. Both Cros-Lex teams put four runners in the top 10, and each featured the runner-up — Roan Fahey (16:51) for the boys and Megan Cates (20:48) for the girls.

“I think all three of our groups (boys, girls, JV) ran well today,” Cros-Lex boys coach Rick Shaw said. “So I was real happy with the performance of everybody across the board. We’re excited.”

The Cros-Lex boys finished with 43 points, 18 ahead of Algonac (61), which narrowly edged Yale (63) for second. Marysville was fourth with 94 points, while Richmond rounded out the top five with 123.

In the girls race, Cros-Lex finished with 34 points, 37 ahead of Port Huron (71). Richmond placed third with 87, followed by Marysville (89) and Imlay City (140). (Full Results)

Both Beadlescomb and Bonner took the drama out of the individual races early on, as each had opened up a sizable lead by the first mile.

“I felt good,” Beadlescomb, a junior, said. “I thought I went out fast, but I kind of did that to test and see how fast they would follow me and if they would try to catch me or not. So it was kind of a test run.”

Fahey and Yale’s Brenden Macias were in a tight race for second early on before Fahey pulled away a bit, putting a 14-second gap between the two by the time they finished. Cros-Lex’s Tyler Schmidt was fourth with a time of 17:49, followed by Yale’s Andrew Vincent who was fifth in 17:55.

As big as Bonner’s lead was after that first mile, it only kept getting bigger. The win was her second of the season, having also won the Pioneer Invitational, and her second straight win at this meet.

“Starting off, I was really confident with our whole team,” she said. “My friend Megan (Dunsmore), from Yale, she wasn’t running today, so I didn’t have anyone with me. I think I did like a 6:10 first mile, I just wanted to start out fast and cruise the rest of the time by myself and keep strong.”

Cates and her twin sister Miranda were in a strong pack behind Bonner, along with Imlay City’s Camylle Velazquez. Velazquez wound up running a 20:56 and splitting the Cros-Lex twins to take third, edging Miranda Cates by 1 second. Calli Townsend placed fifth for Cros-Lex (21:31), edging her teammate Madison Phillips (21:34) late in the race.

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