STANTON — Greenville’s girls cross country team has had its struggles all season.
Those struggles came to an end Monday when they won the Central Montcalm Pre-Regional Run.
The Yellow Jackets finished with a team score of 49 to end up tied with Tri County, but the sixth runner for Greenville took 15th while the Vikings’ sixth runner took 22nd for the tie-breaker.
Vestaburg was fourth with 99 points, and Central Montcalm was sixth with 158.
The win had coach Chelsea Cates excited.
“Very excited,” Cates said. “The girls had a great season, they worked hard and this was just what they needed at the end here.”
Leading the Jackets was Madison Sorsen, who finished third overall (22:28.93). Autumn Stranberg was ninth (23:48.05), Ali Loding was 12th (24:06.37), Julia Hansen was 13th (24:24.06) and Hannah Crittenden was 15th (24:26.84). The tie-breaker was Bethany Raven (24:33.82).
“I think we’re excited. I think we’re going to bring our best competition,” Cates said about regionals Saturday. “I know the girls will give it all they got. It’s going to be tough competition.”
Tri County was led by Ivy Boden in fourth (22:33.58), followed by Kelsey Voss in seventh (23:04.22), Cassie Dexter in eighth (23:45.08), Alexis Whitlow in 11th (23:57.46) and Rylee Gross in 21st (25:10.12). Their tie-breaking sixth runner was Alexis Firovich (25:37.54).
Vestaburg’s best runners were the McCartys. Johanna (22:25.29) was second behind Madelyn Miller of Saranac. Andreya was fifth (22:50.37). Cammi Clouse was 27th (26:03.84), Essie McCarty was 35th (26:45.51) and Rebecca Gondek was 38th (27:11.77).
The host Green Hornets got 31st through 34th places, led by Ingrid Norbert (26:29.28). Scylar Blaisdell followed (26:31.52), Kaila Kosten was next (26:32.46) and 34th was Sophie Johnson (26:38.49). Beth Wheeler finshed out the scoring for Central in 43rd (28:12.59).
Saranac won the boys race easily, taking the top three places en route to scoring 30 points to Tri County’s 63. Greenville was third with 81 and Central was fourth with 94.
The Vikings were led by Aaron Jason in fourth (19:02.03), followed by Elijah Groendal in eighth (19:16.76), Weston Rackley in 11th (19:22.87), Matt Fellows in 14th (19:29.57) and James Ryan in 33rd (21:15.45).
“I felt the team ran really well,” Tri County coach Alex Best said. “We hadn’t been second all year. I think it’s a good sign going into regionals, giving the kids a little bit of confidence to show what they can do.”
Greenville got a fourth from Kenneth Wood (19:07.74), a 17th from Chris Jacobsen (19:39.09), an 18th from Ryan Loiselle (19:46.35), a 20th from Seth Davis (19:57.06) and a 22nd from Stephen Hiliker (20:06.56).
Joseph Baldwin led the Hornets with a sixth (19:14.18), followed by Leo Stubblefield in 12th (19:23.38), Aaron Daggett in 24th (20:36.37), Jeremy Palinkas in 29th (20:57.21) and Logan King in 37th (21:43.48).
“I thought they both ran pretty well in colder conditions,” Central coach Shad Morgan said about both his teams. “The kids have been working really hard all year.”
All the teams at the race will be running in regionals Saturday.