The Pettisville boys cross country team finished first and the girls were third at the second Buckeye Border Conference Jamboree of the year, Thursday, Sept. 27, at North Central.
The PHS boys also came out on top at the Edgerton Invitational, Saturday, Sept. 29.
Boys: Pettisville 33, Hilltop 54, Fayette 67, Stryker 68, North Central 115, Edon 185
Girls: North Central 29, Fayette 37, Pettisville 70, Stryker 114, Hilltop 124, Edon 136
The second of the three BBC meets that will determine the league champion was held Thursday.
In the boys race, the Blackbirds claimed first place with a 21-point margin over second-place Hilltop.
Alex Frey was the first Pettisville runner, finishing second behind Hilltop’s Elliot Livensparger. Frey crossed the finish line at 16:40.
Austin Borton was third in16:52; Lincoln Frey seventh, 17:25, just behind Hilltop’s Cody Livensparger; Brandon Hamilton, 10th 17:57. Jacob Nofziger finished out the scoring for PHS, crossing just behind Hamilton to take 11th in an identical 17:57 official time.
Other Pettisville runners, their places and times: 33. Josh Bruner, 19:43; 44. Trevor Lantz, 20:43; 45. Josh Villalovos, 20:59; 46. Harris King, 21:03; 51. Preston Lantz, 21:18.
In the girls race, Pettisville placed third, with North Central winning on their home course and Fayette finished second.
Rachel Beck led the Birds; she was sixth in 22:19. Emily Short was 12th in 23:27; Alisha Rupp, 16th, 23:49; Morgan Lantz,17th, 24:14.
Hannah Beck beat two teammates to the line in 24:20 to claim 19th and finished the scoring for the Birds.
Other Pettisville runners, their places and times: 20. Jackie Morrill, 24:42; 21. Rachel Giovarelli, 24:56; 26. Alexa Short, 26:00; 27. Taylor Lantz, 26:02; 29. Kayla King, 27:59; 30. Lin Lin Huang, 28:42.
Tom Wagner, PHS coach, said all the runners did a nice job.
“The boys really benefited from adding Jacob Nofziger, who also plays on the soccer team,” he said. “He ran a really good race and helped us claim first place in this important meet.”
Sixteen schools were represented at the Edgerton Invitational. The PHS boys won by one point over Stryker; the girls finished sixth.
Borton led the Birds for the first time this season, running a fast 16:38 over the 5-kilometer distance to claim third overall. Edgerton’s Jordan Karnes won in 16:27.
A. Frey was fourth in 16:56; L. Frey, eighth, 17:24; Hamilton, 16th, 17:56. With Nofziger missing the meet for a soccer match, Villalovos finished the scoring for the Birds; he was 63rd in 19:37.
Also competing for Pettisville: 65. Bruner, 19:50; 81. T. Lantz, 20:23; 90. King, 21:06; 92. P. Lantz, 21:13.
In the girls division Lincolnview placed first, with North Central second and Fayette third.
Beck led the way for Pettisville. She was 13th in 21:44. Morrill was next for the Birds, crossing the line at 23:09 to finish 29th; E. Short, 31st, 23:10; M. Lantz; 43rd, 24:04; Rupp, 47th, 24:28.
Also running: 48. Giovarelli, 24:32; 58. T. Lantz, 25:28; 60. Short, 25:21; 71. King, 27:24; 77. Huang, 28:58.
The Blackbirds compete in the final BBC Jamboree, Thursday, Oct. 4 at the Edon Park.