ALGONAC – The Yale boys cross country team prevented a complete sweep for Croswell-Lexington, but the Pioneers still walked away from the final Blue Water Area Conference cross country jamboree Tuesday with a pair of league titles.
Cros-Lex’s girls won their third jamboree of the season, while the boys – who had won the first two – placed second to Yale, which was good enough to still claim a BWAC title of their own.
“It’s what we wanted ultimately, but we’re going to have to go after those guys at the regionals, and they’re going to go after us,” Cros-Lex boys coach Rick Shaw said. “It’ll be fun.”
Yale’s boys, who had defeated Cros-Lex at three nonleague meets this season, finished with 40 points, as the trio of Brendan Macias (second, 16 minutes, 26 seconds), Carlos Soto (fourth, 16:41) and Andrew Vincent (sixth, 16:58) all finished in the top six. Nos. 4 and 5 for Yale – Noah Terpening (17:33) and Remington Martin (18:03) – finished 11th and 17th. Cros-Lex finished with 58 points.
“This is something good going into regionals,” Yale boys coach Greg Whitican, who was named league coach of the year, said. “The boys are going to be fired up.”
Cros-Lex also put its top five runners in the top 20, led by Max Whittredge who was fifth in 16:41. He was followed by Jarred Jolley (seventh, 17:12), Wyatt Perry (13th, 17:44), Joshua Johnson (15th, 17:47) and Ethan McFarlane (18th, 18:08).
There was much less drama in the girls team race, as Cros-Lex’s trio of Megan Cates (19:50), Miranda Cates (20:08) and Calli Townsend (20:09) finished second, third and fourth behind Imlay City’s Camylle Velazquez-Fuentes (19:32). Corbin Redman (14th, 21:29) and Lauren Barbarich (16th, 21:39) also scored for the Pioneers, who finished with 37 points, 16 ahead of Imlay City.
“It’s nice to have the depth we have – we have one runner who was a little sick, and the other ones came through,” Cros-Lex girls coach Lisa Shaw said. “We finished what we started, that was our goal.”
Algonac’s Morgan Beadlescomb won the boys race with a time of 16:06. It was his seventh straight BWAC jamboree victory, dating back to his sophomore year.
“I feel really good – my confidence was down after Spartan Invite, but after Portage, it just went right back up,” Beadlescomb said. “I’m just focused on training, and I just really focused on getting a lot better for states – and hopefully after that.”
Other top 15 finishers for the boys were Armada’s Brenden Allen (third, 16:38), Richmond’s Jacob Hatcher (eighth, 17:13), Almont’s Josh Phelps (ninth, 17:19), Algonac’s Noah Foote (10th, 17:32), Armada’s Jack Albrecht (12th, 17:39) and Imlay City’s Daniel Evard (14th, 17:44).
In the top 15 for the girls were Imlay City’s Ericka Lathrop (fifth, 20:13) and Sarah Evans (sixth, 20:29), Armada’s Victoria Mabbitt (seventh, 20:44), Yale’s Megan Dunsmore (eighth, 20:54) and Kelly McKillop (ninth, 20:59), Algonac’s Abigail Nutter (10th, 21:01), Capac’s Sara Herrera (11th, 21:05), Algonac’s Taylor LaParl (12th, 21:07), Almont’s Jennifer Curtis (13th, 21:19) and Richmond’s Starr Schroeder (15th, 21:36).
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