Croswell-Lexington protected its home ground by running all over it.
At the Mike Jackson Invitational, the Pioneers boys and girls teams dominated the 12-team field with a pair of first place team wins.
The Lady Pioneers had their five fastest runners place in the top 13 with senior Calli Townsend leading the way with a 21:25 to finish second overall. Senior Kylie Klaas was sixth (22:34), junior Anna Lootens was 10th (23:28), senior Corbin Redman was 11th (23:33) and freshman Lily Connelly was 13th (23:40).
“I think everyone’s got the nerves out and it was nice to do at the home course, especially with having some people having their first high school meets today, too,” Cros-Lex coach Lisa Smith said.
Placing first overall in the girls race — by a wide margin — was Port Huron Northern junior Ashley Defrain with a 20:30. Northern took fourth overall with 106 points.
The Marysville girls squad placed second, gaining 83 points with three runners placing in the top 16. Vikings senior Audrey Sylvia was fifth (22:21), sophomore Megan McCollock was 15th (23:50) and junior Jenna Disser was 16th (23:50).
The Brown City girls also had a good showing, taking sixth overall and having sophomore Whitley Blake finish fourth (22:10) and sophomore Savannah Goddeeris take 12th (23:34).
Marine City Cardinal Mooney junior Molly Lombard also had a strong showing, taking seventh with a 22:39.
Yale was led by senior Anne Duckert with a 25:49, and Port Huron junior Nicole Mallory led the Big Reds with a 26:16.
The Cros-Lex boys team came in with 59 points, topping Caro’s 76.
The Pioneers had its top five runners finish in the top 20, led by senior Max Whittredge’s fourth place finish with a 17:15. Senior Jarred Jolley was sixth (17:24), senior Mitchell Wilczynski was 12th (18:44), junior Wyatt Perry was 18th (19:09) and senior Joshua Johnson was 19th (19:15).
Caro had the top two times of the day as sophomore Yami Albrecht blazed the course with a 16:58 to earn first and senior Zakaria Drews had a 17:00 for second.
Yale — who came in third with 86 points — had senior Carlos Soto not far behind the leading duo as he took third with a 17:05. Bulldogs sophomore Justin Kudera had a 18:48 and senior Remington Martin placed 17th with a 18:59.
Cardinal Mooney was led by junior Ben Perry, who earned eighth with a 18:22.
Marysville was led by junior Zach Turpel with a 18:48 to place 16th overall. Port Huron boys were paced by junior Armond Hicks, who placed 20th overall with a 19:26. Port Huron Northern was led by freshman Nathan Eckles with his 20:03 to placed 30th overall. Brown City has led by senior Dylan Bringard, who ran a 22:25.
MIKE JACKSON INVITATIONAL
1. Cros-Lex, 59
2. Caro, 76
3. Yale, 86
4. Almont, 93
5. Port Huron, 170
6. Ubly, 170
7. Marysville, 195
8. PH Northern, 202
9. Cardinal Mooney, 223
10. Lapeer, 247
11. Harbor Beach, 250
12. Brown City, 353
1. Cros-Lex, 42
2. Marysville, 83
3. Lapeer, 86
4. PH Northern, 106
5. Almont, 134
6. Brown City, 150
7. Ubly, 153
8. Cardinal Mooney, 234
9. Port Huron, 266
10. Caro, 266
11. Harbor Beach, 326
12. Yale, 336