A dramatic photo-finish in the Women’s Cross-Country race at P-W lifted the Pirates to a 1-point win over Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills on Wednesday. P-W Sophomore Sophie Thelen narrowly edged two runners, one from Perry and the other from Fowler, at the wire by less than one second to give the P-W Women a 36 to 37 victory.
Portland’s Women’s team placed 6th while Portland St. Patrick’s Women’s team placed 7th. The Portland women were led by Ari Babcock who finished the 5K course at Huckleberry Creek Golf Course in 23 minutes and 2 seconds. She was followed by teammates Amber Cross (24:56); Alaina Volk (25:19); Rylee Brownell (28:35); and Teaghan Lathers (29:13). Also finishing for Portland were Mya Collins, Mary Timmer, Olivia Morrow, Destiny Foltz and Clara Noble. The St. Patrick Shamrocks were led by Cordelia FoxElster with a time of 25:57. Amy Shaw (27:36); Jenna Pung (27:35); Sophia White (27:50); Veronica White (29:49) and Anna Shasser (31:27) all finished for St. Pat’s.
Portland Men placed 4th overall at the Invitational. They were led again by Senior Blaine Rosier who placed 15th overall among all runners with a time of 19:22. He was followed by Carter Rosier, Andrew Seavey, Cullen Rapson, Iggy Arleth and Ben Stallard. The St. Patrick’s Men did not compile a team score due to having less than five runners.
The Portland Raiders will next travel to Charlotte on Tuesday, October 2nd for the CAAC Jamboree. The St. Patrick Shamrocks will venture to Fowler on Wednesday, October 3rd for the CMAC Jamboree.
Pictured above, Portland St. Patrick's Tyler Coyne and Jake Pung comprise the entire Men's Cross Country team at the school. They competed together at the Pewamo-Westphalia Invitational on Wednesday. Coyne finished 12th with a time of 18 minutes 21 seconds, and Pung placed 25th with a time of 21:10 out of 43 men's participants who were representing seven schools.
Eighth grader Valarie Hoppes was one of 38 Portland Middle Schoolers who finished the two-mile Middle School Course at Huckleberry Creek Golf Course in Pewamo on Wednesday at the P-W Invitational.