Pettisville cross country teams competed Tuesday, Sept. 21, at Fayette’s home course at Harrison Lake State Park in the first of three Buckeye Border Conference meets that will determine league champions.
The PHS girls won, scoring 40 points to Fayette’s 57 and Stryker’s 66.
The Pettisville boys scored 94 to finish fourth. Hilltop won with 30.
Tanner Hostetler was the first PHS runner into the chute, finishing third in 22 minutes, 44 seconds.
Edon’s Levi Cvikle won in 21:50.
Second across the line for PHS was Brady Avina. She finished fifth in 23:44. Samantha Shinhearl followed Avina, placing sixth in 23:54.
Lexie King placed ninth in 24:08. Lauren Hostetler wrapped up the scoring, finishing 17th in 26:20.
Other Pettisville girls, their places and times: 21. Amber Loar, 26:30; 28. Heidi Waidelich, 28:10; 29. Taylore Lantz, 28:45; 35. Kayla King, 31:24.
Dominic Frey was the top finisher for the Pettisville boys. He crossed the line at 18:54 to claim 10th place.
Tanner Rufenacht was 13th in 19:04. Aaron Bruner was the third Bird into the chute, finishing 20th in 19:51.
Chris Waidelich finished 25th in 20:51. Two teammates were hot on his heals: Justin Pursel just beat Daniel Sauder with times of 20:54 and 20:56, respectively. Pursel was 26th, and Sauder claimed 27th.
Other PHS runners, their places and times: 37. Josh Borton, 21:38; 53. Austin Dykstra, 23:32; 55. Zach Davis, 24:43; 58. Alex Donnett, 26:49; 60. Logan Beck, 30:54.
Van Wert Invitational
The Blackbirds traveled to Van Wert, Saturday, Sept. 25, for a large invitational meet. Varsity teams competed in the gray division, and the PHS girls finished second out of 12 teams with 106 points. Kalida claimed the team championship with 71.
The Pettisville boys team finished seventh out of 13 teams. Minster literally ran away with the championship, beating second-place Crestview by 56 points.
In the girls race, Hostetler ran a 20:49 race to finish seventh. Shinhearl claimed 20th in 21:53. Avina was less than a full second behind, crossing the line at 21:54 for 21st.
L. King finished 23rd in 21:55. Loar ran a 23:04 race to finish 44th and complete the scoring for the Birds.
Other Pettisville runners, their places and times: 81. Waidelich, 25:59; 85. Lantz, 26:27; 89. K. King, 27:26.
“All the girls had a good run, and anytime you can be runner-up at a big invitational that is a very good thing,” said Tom Wagner, PHS head coach.
Frey was again the top runner for the boys, running 17:47 to claim 14th. Rufenacht was on Frey’s heels, finishing 15th in 17:49.
Next in for Pettisville was Bruner, who finished 39th in 18:47. Pursel was 78th in 19:53, and Borton was 81st in 19:56.
Other PHS runners, their places and times: 118. Zach Davis, 21:31; 120. Dykstra, 21:40; 135. Donnett, 23:02; 155. Nathan Beck, 26:42; 156. L. Beck, 26:43.
“The boys did a good job,” said Wagner. “We had a freshman leading them, and a sophomore right there as well. I was encouraged by what I saw.”