Sparked by a first-place showing from freshman Erin Seibert, Livonia Franklin swept to a victory over Westland John Glenn in a KLAA South Division dual meet held at Nankin Mills.
The Rockets only had two runners, thus they didn’t qualify for a final score.
The triumph improved Franklin’s record to 2-0 while the Rockets slipped to 0-2.
Seibert filled the front-running role usually held by senior Natalie Douglas, who took the afternoon off. Seibert’s winning time was 21 minutes and 5.6 seconds. Also scoring for the Patriots were Camryn Zurawski (21:14.6), Ally Stabler (22:33.7), Kaylee English (22:38.4) and Jenny Engler, who posted a time of 22:58.5.
Natalie Martinez (23:01.3) and Riley Shine (23:01.5) ran well but didn’t score for the Patriots.
Shiann Profitt turned in a solid effort for John Glenn, finishing in 21:50.0, which would have put her in third place. John Glenn’s second runner, Kerri McCullough, was clocked in 24:04.5.
MSU Spartan Invitational
Powered by a fourth-place overall finish by senior front-runner Natalie Douglas, Livonia Frankln’s girls cross country team placed 13th in Friday’s MSU Spartan Invitational “Green” race held at Forest Akers Golf Course in East Lansing.
Livonia Stevenson placed 25th in the 39-team event with 616 points.
The “Green” portion of the event was won by Holland West Ottawa, which compiled just 111 points – nine fewer than runner-up Salem.
“Coming off a good performance last week at the Ramblin’ Rock Invitational, I felt we seemed a little tired (Friday),” noted Franklin head coach Dave Bjorklund. “The course was muddy and running a little slow, and the weather was very muggy, which seemed to affect all the races.
“Natalie had her highest finish ever at this meet, but the course conditions made it tough to run as fast as she did last week.”
Douglas covered the hilly 5-kilometer course in 19 minutes and 39 seconds. Also scoring for the Patriots were Erin Seibert (64th in 21:24), Camryn Zurawski (79th in 21:39), Riley Shine (121st in 22:21) and Natalie Martinez, who was 140th in 22:35.
Franklin’s Emma Devine (22:36) and Ally Stabler (22:37) were right there with Martinez.
Emily Lauzon led the Spartans’ charge with an 83rd-place showing in 21:42. Also scoring for Stevenson were Julia Cercone (107th in 22:03), Grace Lamerson (114th in 22:12), Emily Zwicker (155th in 22:46) and Abigail Zwicker, who placed 157th in 22:51.