Pettisville won its second straight Edgerton Invitational girls cross country championship, Saturday, Sept. 30.
The first four PHS girls into the chute finished in the top 10 as the Birds won with 38 points.
Lincolnview was second with 67, and Fairview took third with 119.
Nichole Foor won the race for the second straight year.
“Our girls won by almost 30 points, which is a very solid victory against a tough team in Lincolnview,” said Tom Wagner, PHS head coach. “We took 1-4-8-12-19 to claim first spot.
“Nichole Foor ran a very smart race. She stayed in contention of the lead throughout most of the race. In the last 200 meters she kicked it in for the win. It was her best time of the year at 19 minutes, 31 seconds.”
Elizabeth Sauder finished fourth in 20:15; Kate Stuber placed eighth in 20:54; Kelly Miller was 12th in 21:28; and Sarah Foor placed 19th in 22:10.
“Elizabeth Sauder is getting stronger with every race,” said Wagner. “She placed fourth behind Nichole, Ayersville, and Hicksville runners.
“Kate Stuber ran a tremendous race at 20:54. I am so proud of how our girls have come together as a team.”
Other PHS runners, their places and times: 34. Ava Hoylman 22:53; 71. Ellie Wixom 25:43; 93. Madeline Shumaker 29:24; 94. Mayzie Clark 29:31; 98. Katie Hauter 32:10; 101. Anna Hudspeath 42:10.
There were 11 teams and 101 runners.
The Pettisville boys team placed third with 97 points. Fairview won with 76, while Lincolnview took second with 86.
Logan Rufenacht was the first PHS runner into the chute, finishing fifth in 17:09.
Max Leppelmeier placed eighth in 17:21; Jaret Rychener was 18th in 18;07; Calvin Nofziger finished 31st in 18:35; and Caleb Nolander was 40th in 18:50.
Ayersville’s Noah Fisher won in 16:01.
“Wow! Logan Rufenacht ran an amazing race today, finishing fifth in 17:09 to lead the Blackbird attack,” said Wagner.
“Max Leppelmeier wasn’t far behind in eighth at 17:21. Our boys finished 5-8-18-31- 40 to finish third. We were only 11 points behind Lincolnview.
“Jaret Rychener ran a very solid race at 18th in 18:07. The boys are really starting to gel as a team. It’s exciting to watch.”
Other PHS runners, their places and times: 45. Jacob Myers 18:56; 97. Evan Warner 20:51.
There were 15 teams and 142 runners.