The Pettisville cross country teams competed at the Delta Invitational, Saturday, Sept. 15. The boys team grabbed fifth place out of 20 teams; the girls were seventh out of 17 teams.
Delta won the boys race with a score of 73 points. Wauseon won the girls race with 41.
The PHS boys team is 51-16; the girls are 20-3.
On the boys side, Alex Frey was the first Blackbird across the line, completing the 3.1- mile course in 17 minutes, one second for seventh place out of 203 runners. Teammate Austin Borton was on Frey’s heels, taking eighth in 17:03.
Lincoln Frey was 25th in 18:04. Brandon Hamilton was just a few runners back, placing 28th in 18:16.
Josh Villalovos was the fifth Blackbird runner, completing the course in 19:51 for 90th.
Other Pettisville runners, their places and times: Josh Bruner, 99th, 20:03; Harris King, 121st, 20:36; Trevor Lantz, 131st, 20:53; Preston Lantz, 141st, 21:15.
Rachel Beck was first for the Pettisville girls, finishing 19th in 21:57. Next was Emily Short, who ran a 23:34 to finish 53rd. Hannah Beck was just a few steps back, crossing 56th in 23:36.
Alisha Rupp finished 70th in 24:10. Jackie Morrill completed the scoring for Pettisville, running 24:11 to take 71st.
Also running: Morgan Lantz, 83rd, 24:31; Rachel Giovarelli, 92nd, 24:51; Alexa Short, 117th, 26:15; Taylore Lantz, 119th, 26:19; Kayla King, 128th, 26:41; Lin Lin Huang, 155th, 28:53.
Both teams ran in a tri-meet with Otsego and Lakota at the Mary Jane Thurston State Park, Tuesday, Sept. 11.
The PHS boys team was first with 29 points. Otsego had 42; Lakota, 53.
The PHS girls team finished third with 64. Lakota won with 19; Otsego had 49.
The course was wet and muddy, and at one point runners had to run through a ditch where water was over their knees. Times for all runners were slower due to the challenging course and wet conditions.
A. Frey placed second in 18:10. The winner was Bryce Tiell of Lakota, 17:53.
Borton was third in 18:17; Hamilton, fifth, 19:17; L. Frey, sixth, 19:18; Bruner, 13th, 21:17.
Other PHS runners: Villalovos, 15th, 21:29; King, 18th, 22:14; T. Lantz, 19th, 22:15; P. Lantz, 21st, 22:35.
In the girls race, R. Beck took eighth in 24:13. E. Short was 11th, 25:15; Rupp, 14th, 25:38; M. Lantz, 15th, 25:59; H. Beck, 16th, 26:08.
Also running: Giovarelli, 17th, 26:28; A. Short, 20th, 28:09; Morrill, 21st, 28:27; T. Lantz, 23rd, 28:44; King, 24th, 30:07; Huang, 29th, 33:29.
Tom Wagner, PHS coach, said the wet and muddy course at Mary Jane Thurston Park was “mostly fun for the runners. They will remember that muddy race for a long time.”