Both Pettisville varsity cross country teams finished fourth at the Edgerton Invitational, Saturday, Sept. 27.
Lincolnview won the girls race, with Liberty Center second and Fayette third. Pettisville scored 111 points after taking first and third places.
Tanner Hostetler again showed her talent by running away with first place, finishing the course in 19 minutes, 23 seconds, more than a minute ahead of Fayette’s Erica Goeltzenleuchter, who was second in 20:36.
Brady Avina raced to third in 20:49. Rachel Beck finished 31st in 23:13.
Lexie King was 37th in 23:22, and Jackie Morrill rounded out the scoring, finishing 49th in 24:03.
Other Pettisville runners, their times and places: 70. Taylore Lantz 25:21; 85. Erin Fricke 26:32; 93. Alexa Short 27:32; 100. Kayla King 28:23.
In the boys race, Hilltop won with 61 points, followed by Stryker, 76, and Fayette, 85. The Blackbirds were fourth out of 16 teams with 114.
Austin Borton ran a 16:51 race to claim second place behind Fayette’s Cody Livensparger. Lincoln Frey finished 10th in 17:29.
Chris Matthews finished 31st in 18:37. Aaron Bruner was 35th in 18:44; Brandon Hamilton placed 38th in 18:56.
Other Pettisville runners, their times and places: 100. Trevor Lantz 21:42; 107. Zach Davis 22:03; 126. Zach Pursel 26:01.
After the race, the Pettisville teams threw Tom Wagner, coach, into the pond on the course because of a promise Wagner had made to one of his junior high runners.
Wagner told seventh grader Kelly Matthews that he would let them throw him in the water when she completed her first race. Nearly 100 watched as Wagner made good on his promise.
Blackbirds First In Dual Meet
Both teams won a dual meet with Otsego at Mary Jane Thurston State Park, Tuesday, Sept. 23.
The PHS boys scored 24 points to Otsego’s 31, while the girls outscored their opponents 23-32.
In the boys race, the Birds packed a one-two punch, with Borton winning and Lincoln Frey taking second. Borton ran a 17:56 race, and Frey came in at 18:26.
Hamilton placed fifth place in 19:47. Matthews chased Hamilton in, finishing sixth in 19:54. Aaron Bruner finished 10th in 20:38.
Other PHS runners: 13. Lantz 22:30; 14. Davis 23:24; 18. Harris King 24:07; 20. Pursel 28:08.
In the girls race, Pettisville again took the top two spots. Hostetler claimed first in 21:08 and Avina was second in 22:19.
Beck took fifth in 23:53. Morrill and Lantz had identical times of 27:59, with Morrill claiming seventh and Lantz, eighth.
Other PHS runners: 11. Fricke 28:44; 12. K. King 28:46; 13. Short 29:05.