Traverse City Record-Eagle


October 7, 2012

Roundup: XC teams make splash at Portage

PORTAGE — Running with some of the best teams in the state on Saturday, TC Central and Benzie Central each made a splash at the Portage Invitational.

In the Division 1 race, the Trojan girls finished with 145 points. Saline won with 41 while Rockford was second with 141.

TC Central's top five all medaled in the race. Ashley Ko was 20th (18:53), Jordan Mattarella was 21st (18:57), Graceanne Tarsa was 24th (19:01), Katie Moses was 39th (19:18) and Joy Reist was 41st (19:21).

TC West was 19th. Jessica Gockley took 46th (19:27), Kayla Norris was 86th (20:08), Emily O'Leary was 127th (20:50), Quinn Hall took 128th (20:51) and Corinne Schrotenboer was 133rd (21:01).

In the boys race, Hilliard Davidson — the No. 2 team in Ohio — won with 106 points. Saline was second (129) and Rockford was third (160). TC Central was sixth (246).

Trojans freshman Anthony Berry finished 31st in 16:15. He was the fastest freshman at the meet and broke the TCC school record for a freshman time.

Other counters were Kyle Dotterrer in 33rd (16:17), Cam McAuliffe was 36th (16:19), Nicholas Tarsa was 70th (16:47) and Cam Marshall was 76th (16:50).

TC West finished 17th. Alec Ondrajka was 55th (16:35), Jimmy Seekamp was 86th (16:58), Kieran Hall was 87th (16:58), Nick Hirschenberger was 92nd (17:00) and Sean Hall was 134th (17:23).

In Division 3, Benzie Central's girls finished eight points behind top-ranked Calvin Christian for the second week in a row.

The Huskies placed Alyssa Bennett sixth (18:51), Bryce Cutler was eighth (19:03), Makayla Huddleston was 30th (19:54), Rachael Peabody was 41st (20:18) and Sarah Jones was 50th (20:47).

Benzie Central's boys also had a good showing by placing sixth.

"We're right there, just over the next month we need to sharpen some things up," Huskies coach Asa Kelly said.

The team's counters were separated by 19 seconds. Kyle Bailey was 29th (17:00), Justin Prange was 33rd (17:04), Ismael Halaweh was 37th (17:11), Jared Bluhm was 39th (17:12) and Andrew Hayden was 48th (17:19).

TC Central's girls placed five runners in the top 10 for the JV meet. Kalina Pfannenstiel was second (19:48), Lauren Marsh took fourth (19:53), Courtney Stewart was seventh (20:06), Ellie Taylor was eighth (20:12) and Hayley Padden was ninth (20:19).

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