Top-10 finishes by Kayla Hughes and Madison Justice sparked Salem’s varsity girls cross country team to a second-place showing at Saturday’s Ramblin’ Rock Invitational, held at Willow Metropark in New Boston.
The Rocks came in second out of 13 teams with 64 teams, trailing victorious Brighton (31). Finishing third with 97 points was Livonia Churchill while Canton took sixth (179).
Hughes clocked in ninth with a time of 19 minutes, 52 seconds while teammate Justice finished 10th (19:55).
Other Salem finishers were Erin McCann (13th, 20:10), Gabrielle Mancini (15th, 20:18), Sierra Bowden (17th, 20:26), Hannah Jeffress (28th, 20:50), Kayla DelaCruz (31st, 20:58), Shea Wilson (38th, 21:31), Brianna Essien (48th, 21:55) and Jessica Hughes (50th, 22:06).
Overall medalist was Livonia Franklin’s Natalie Douglas, who finished in 19 minutes.
Canton’s top performers included Anna Nagelhout (20th, 20:30), Mary Galm (32nd, 20:59), Kate Cotham (33rd, 21:11), Samantha McGraff (42nd, 21:44), Elise McIntee (70th, 23:15), Sydney Keyes (76th, 23:37), Emily Brewer (80th, 23:46), Shikha Advani (81st, 23:46), Shilpa Pindolia (95th, 24:44) and Alyssa Ewell (105th, 25:49).
Coming in sixth out of 18 teams at the Woodhaven Warrior Cross Country Classic was Plymouth’s varsity girls cross country team.
Wildcats head coach Alice Ahearn said it was a “great start” to the season to hang with some powerhouse programs such as first-place Wyandotte, runner-up Saline and third-place Woodhaven.
The top individual for Plymouth was Annie Bonds, who finished ninth overall with a time of 20 minutes, 37 seconds.
Madelyn Rush (39th, 22:17) and Arwa Hararwala (44th, 22:25) also ran well for Plymouth.
Other strong performances were turned in by Charlotte Clark (56th, 22:42), Claire Curvin (60th, 22:53), Marianne DeBrito (62nd, 22:59) and Olivia Schafer (63rd, 23:02).
First-year runners Gwen Carey and Allison Beshears, both seniors, also tallied solid scores with times of 23:46 and 23:48.
“Overall I was pleased with the result,” Ahearn said. “We still need to work on closing the gap between our top runners but that will come with time and a bit more work. The girls should be proud of this first invitational.”