TR’s Scare, Kelley earn spot on All-League cross country team
PAW PAW — Beautiful fall weather greeted runners at Paw Paw Middle School Tuesday for the Wolverine Conference boys’ and girls’ cross country championships.
When the final runners had crossed the finish line, Three Rivers had landed two on the All-Conference team and maintained their position in the final overall standings.
In the boys’ meet, Three Rivers finished eighth with 171 points.
Otsego won the boys’ meet with 38 points.
South Haven finished second with 66 followed by Plainwell (107), Vicksburg (113), Sturgis (135), Paw Paw (169), Allegan (170), Three Rivers, Dowagiac (195) and Edwardsburg (196).
Senior Jon Scare of Three Rivers ran a time of 18:06.67 for 17th place and a spot on the All-Conference team.
The top 20 finishers in the boys’ and girls’ races were named all-league.
“Jon finished the race great. That is a huge accomplishment. He just missed it last year. I am really happy for him,” said Three Rivers boys’ coach Alex Schmidtendorff.
“We’re looking forward to finishing the season strong and competing with the other schools at the County Meet. We had four sophomores running in our top seven today. That is hard to compete in a meet of this level.”
Sophomore Alex Comerford of Otsego was the individual winner in the boys’ race with a time of 16:01.38.
Cole Appoloni (35th, 19:14,77), Nate Adams (36th, 19:15.11), Davis Dickerson (40th, 19:29.95) and Colby Hasse (43rd, 19:37.76) completed the Wildcats’ scoring.
Also running in the varsity race for Three Rivers were Logan Borst (46th, 19:45.30) and Donald Munro (53rd, 20:17.18).
Vance Locker of South Haven won the boys’ junior varsity race in 19:09.35.
Three Rivers’ finishers included Alec Robinson (third, 19:42.62), Logan Kirby (eighth, 20:42.81), Andrew Johnson (12th, 20:54.23), Evan Griffioen (14th, 21:09.31) and Logan Bierlein (21st, 22:24.23).
Carissa Kelley, a junior, earned a spot on the All-Conference girls’ squad.
Kelley finished in 14th place with a time of 20:63.85 to lead Three Rivers to a seventh-place score of 149 points.
Otsego won the meet with 24. Edwardsburg (94) placed second followed by South Haven (103), Sturgis (110), Plainwell (117), Vicksburg (130), Three Rivers, Allegan (236), Paw Paw (242) and Dowagiac (318).
The individual girls’ winner was freshman Makenna Veen of Plainwell in a time of 18:15.48.
Concluding the scoring for Three Rivers were Kaitlin Ritchie (21st, 21:38.54), Stephanie McLochlin (32nd, 22:35.52), Samantha Mohney (35th, 22:47.29) and Alyssa Speelman (47th, 24:13.47).
Also completing the varsity race for Three Rivers were Janetta Kiser (51st, 24:50,81) and Gracie Bowers (56th, 25:44.56).
“We finished about where we thought we would. This is a competitive conference. It’s tough to place someone in the top 20. We’re proud of our effort and we really stressed that today. We had a lot of personal bests today though,” said Three Rivers girls coach Josh Bell.
Finishing the junior varsity race from Three Rivers were Leonie Tapp (22nd, 25:35.50), Kylie Lukeman (26th, 26:16.14), Kiara Kamptner (29th, 26:40.57), Kelly Kin (32nd, 27:16.75) and Lily Solis (46th, 30:59.30).
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