The Pettisville girls cross country team won its seventh straight Buckeye Border Conference championship, Saturday, Oct. 12, at Harrison Lake State Park.
It was the team’s 14th BBC title in school history.
The Birds won with 28 points as their first five runners all finished in the top 12.
Montpelier was second with 65, and Fayette took third with 76.
Kate Stuber, a senior, won her second straight individual BBC championship in 20 minutes, 30 seconds, and was named the BBC Runner of the Year for the second straight year.
Also earning BBC First Team honors were seniors Sarah Foor, who was third in 22:11, and Kelly Miller, who placed fourth in 22:23.
Elise Hoylman, who finished eighth in 23:12; Renee Hoylman, who was 12th in 24:03; and Taylor Balser, who was 14th in 24:22, were named Second Team All- BBC. and times: 17. Grace Schnitkey 25:27; 23. Ellie Wixom 26:39; 28. Kelly Wyse 27:31; 32. Trine Scherer 28:23; 34. Kate Roth 28:33; 35. Ella Hudspeath 28:35; 39. Madeline Shumaker 30:23; 40. Mayzie Clark 30:31; 46. Anna Hudspeath 40:21.
There were 48 runners in the race.
Zach McWatters, a freshman, placed 16th in the boys race in 20:19 and was named Third Team All-BBC.
Braxton Huner was 29th in 22:52 and Josh Basselman was 33rd in 24:23.
Stryker’s Emmanuel Villanueva won the individual title in 17:12.
Hilltop won the team title with 49 points. Fayette was second with 53, and Montpelier was third with 62.
There were 43 runners in the race.
“I was very pleased with the effort that our runners put forth, especially with the conditions they were under,” said Gabe Jaramillo, PHS head coach.
“The complete turnaround in the weather posed an additional challenge to an underestimated, difficult course.
“For the young boys team, we gained some needed experience going into next week’s district meet. With the difficulty of the last few courses, next week’s race at Ottawa will provide a boost to our confidence level over the totality of the season.
“I am proud to be a part of a girls team that has competed for and won the BBC championship seven years in a row.
“A big congratulations goes out to Kate Stuber for her back-to-back BBC Runner of the Year titles. The hard work and dedication she put in the off-season really set her up for the success she has been enjoying this season.
“I couldn’t be any more excited for the team heading into the post-season, as every single one of the girls that ran this past Saturday improved significantly on their time run on the same course earlier in the season.
“We seem to be hitting our stride just at the right time to post some great results moving forward.”
Pettisville competes in the Division III district meet, Saturday, Oct. 19, at Ottawa Park in Ottawa, beginning at 11 am.
Other teams in the girls race are Antwerp, Archbold, Ayersville, Crestview, Edgerton, Edon, Fairview, Fayette, Hicksville, Hilltop, Holgate, Leipsic, Lincolnview, Montpelier, North Central, Stryker, Tinora, and Wayne Trace. The top five teams and any individuals in the top 20 not on a qualifying team advance to the regional meet in Tiffin.
Other teams in the boys race are Antwerp, Archbold, Ayersville, Crestview, Edgerton, Edon, Fairview, Fayette, Hicksville, Hilltop, Holgate, Leipsic, Lincolnview, Miller City, Montpelier, North Central, Stryker, Tinora, and Wayne Trace. The top six teams and any individuals in the top 24 not on a qualifying team advance to the regional meet in Tiffin.