By Lenny Sementi
Tuscola’s cross country teams took on two invitationals this past week. Torrential rains a week ago forced a change in dates for the Shelbyville Invite that was slated for Saturday the 8th. The move to Monday, Sept. 10 didn’t seem to bother Warrior runners as personal records fell helping the boys to a second place overall out of over 15 teams and the girls to a fifth place overall.
Ashton Smith toured the course in Shelbyville as the Warriors number one, finishing in seventh overall entering the chute in a season best 21 minutes 50 seconds. Hannah Hornaday was next up taking 18th with a time of 24:01, while Hannah Lemay took 27th and Faithlynn Daugherty, in 29th, finished just a second apart crossing the line in 24:32 and 24:33, respectively. Kyla Gough was the fifth and final scorer for coach Dustin Dees. She took 33rd crossing in 25:04. Kenzie Heckler (37th) and Abby Jacobs (41st) rounded the course as alternates.
JD Barrett ended up in the 16’s for the second time this year, turning in a personal best 16:51 to take fifth overall and leading the Warriors to a second place finish overall. The boys ended the night with 77 points and finished behind only a strong Marshall squad. Checking in next was Noah Woods in the two hole taking 10th and beating teammate Mason Day by less than a second. Woods crossed in 17:25.44 in front of Day who took 11th with a 17:26.30. Jake Dyer, in 21st, was the Warriors’ number four delivering a season best 18:10. Freshman Logan Wallace was the fifth and final scored for coach Dees taking 30th with a career best 18:26. Nicholas Woods and Jordan Middleton were the alternates, both ending their days in the top half of the field at the end of the day.
The 41st running of the Tuscola Invite at Wimple Park went off as planned on Saturday the 15th. Dees squad ended the day in 7th on the boys’ side and 10th on the girls’ in a field that boasted more than 20 teams and more than 400 runners, several of which were state ranked.
The full story can be found in the Wednesday, Sept. 19 edition of The Tuscola Journal.