By Lenny Sementi
JD Barrett and Brynn Tabeling both led their squad this past Thursday at Allerton Park in Monticello. Tabeling stood on the top spot of the podium in the girls’ race leading the Lady Warriors to a 22-point victory over second place Bement, while Barrett occupied the second spot in the boys’ race helping Coach Dustin Dees’ team to a dominating 59-point victory in the seven-team event.
Tabeling rounded the grueling 3-mile course on a steamy 90-plus afternoon in 22 minutes and 32 seconds to enter the chute first. Next up for Tuscola was senior Ashton Smith turning in a 24:49 to take sixth place overall. Hannah Hornaday held down the third scoring spot for the Warriors and crossed the line in 26:49 ending up in 13th overall out of more than 40 runners.
Kenzie Heckler and Hannah Lemay were the fourth and fifth scorers, respectively, for coach Dees ending up in 14th and 15th places to secure the team win. Faithlynn Daugherty, and Kyla Gough were alternates for the varsity, while Abby Jacobs, Samantha Simpson, and Jackie Watson all competed with the JV.
“We had a good showing a week ago at the Cow Chip Classic, it was the first time that our girls had enough runners to score as a team since I have been here,” stated the coach. “Then they back it up with a big meet win at Allerton, you can really tell we have the potential to really grow this year. The team you see now will be completely different in October.”
Barrett continued a solid start to his senior campaign. His hard work over the summer is paying dividends and helping him lead the way for the Warrior Pack. He finished mere seconds behind the leader ending up in second with a time of 17-minutes 12-seconds. Noah Woods was 20 ticks back in third place. Mason Day was next up one spot back in fourth overall with a time of 18:23 on the extremely hot day. Jake Dyer was the fourth scorer for Tuscola taking eighth and freshman surprise Logan Wallace was the fifth, giving the Warriors just 22 points on the day out distancing the nearest squad by nearly 50 points.
Nicolas Woods and Jordan Middleton served as alternates, and Tanner Campbell ended up in the top half of the field running with Nolan Riley and Jacob Middleton in the JV race.
“JD is one of our standouts, he is currently 2 seconds off his personal best and the season is just getting going. Woods and Day were also strong, and Logan Wallace has the ability to be really strong by October,” Dees stated. “There is a lot of potential on this team.”
The full story can be found in the Wednesday, Sept. 12 edition of The Tuscola Journal.