The Pettisville boys team had its first five runners finish in the top 31 to win the Fostoria Booster Cross Country Invitational, Saturday, Oct. 6.
The Birds finished with a team score of 75 points. Hopewell-Loudon took second with 96, and Old Fort was third with 141.
Sixteen teams and 132 runners participated.
“I was very proud of all our kids’ performance at Fostoria,” said Tom Wagner, PHS head coach.
“Our varsity boys wanted to win real bad for senior Tanner Rufenacht in his last invitational of his high school career. It was a real team effort.
“Our junior high girls won pretty handily in a big field with many large schools. We went one and two with Alexa Leppelmeier and Elizabeth Sauder, and Aaron Bontrager was the overall winner in the junior high boys race.”
Dominic Frey led PHS into the chute, finishing fourth in 17 minutes, 23 seconds.
Jeremy Mann was next, placing seventh in 17:44. Tanner Rufenacht was 11th in 17:47, and Kyle Lantz was 24th in 18:16.
Austin Dykstra was the final scoring runner, placing 31st in 18:32.
Old Fort’s Marcus Meyers won in 17:01.
Other PHS runners, their places and times: 39. Jacob Hauter 18:53; 41. Nathan Siller 19:00; 94. Evan Rufenacht 21:19; 119. Clay Waidelich 23:59.
The PHS girls team finished ninth out of 16 teams with 197 points. Toledo Christian won with 78, followed by Hopewell-Loudon with 103 and Gibsonburg with 139.
Samantha Shinhearl was the first Blackbird to finish. She placed 30th out of 146 runners in 22:44.
Carley Hoffmire was 34th in 22:52, Emily Eicher was 43rd in 23:15, and Grace Friend was 46th in 23:19. Amber Dykstra finished the scoring, placing 65th in 24:28.
Toledo Christian’s Delainey Phelps won in 18:55.
Other PHS runners, their places and times: 76. Jaelyn Rufenacht 25:01; 84. Becky Tilley 25:37; 103. Hannah Herring 26:27; 112. Amber Loar 27:29; 128. Josaphine Bloomer 29:35; 129. Delaney Nofziger 29:36.