The Pettisville girls and boys cross country teams defeated Archbold and Evergreen to take home victories at the first meet of the 2007 season, Tuesday, Aug. 28
Runners on all three teams struggled due to weather conditions on a hot afternoon when the local thermometers showed temperatures topping 90 degrees.
The girls won the tri-meet with a score of 25 points. Evergreen took second place with 41; Archbold was third with 69.
Top runner in the girls race was Evergreen’s Melanie Brock in 23 minutes, 41 seconds. Archbold’s Katrina Gobrogge placed second in 24:18.
After that it was all Pettisville, as the Blackbirds took the next five places. Rachel Beck was third in 25:55; Alisha Rupp, fourth, 26:03; Emily Short, fifth, 26:05; Morgan Lantz, sixth, 26:28; Jackie Morrell, seventh, 26:43.
Other Pettisville finishers, their times and places: 10. Rachel Giovarelli, 27:15; 14. Hannah Beck, 28:24; 16. Alexa Short, 28:56; 20. Lin Lin Huang, 32:23; 21. Kayla King, 33:13; 22. Taylore Lantz, 33:20.
In the boys race, Pettisville grabbed the first four places and won the meet with 18 points. Archbold was second with 47; Evergreen had 63.
Leading the Birds was senior Alex Frey in 17:44. Austin Borton followed in 18:11. Lincoln Frey and Brandon Hamilton raced each other right up to the finish line, with just two seconds separating them in the end. L. Frey finished third in 19:33; Hamilton was fourth in 19:35.
Fifth for Pettisville was Josh Bruner. He was eighth in 21:08.
Other Blackbird runners, their times and places: 12. Trevor Lantz, 22:08; 14. Harris King, 22:53; 15. Josh Villalovos, 23:01; 17. Preston Lantz, 23:12.
Tom Wagner, PHS coach, was pleased with his teams and the double wins.
“The conditions weren’t great with the heat, and no one was happy with their times,” he said. “We hope to improve the times in future meets.”
The girls team and the boys “B” team are scheduled to run at the Archbold Invitational meet, Saturday, Sept. 8. The boys “A” team runs at the Tiffin Carnival.