Boys 8th Grade Cross Country, Boys Varsity Cross Country · Pennywitt and Boys Cross Country Win Home Opener

The boys’ cross country team won on their home course at Ottawa Park on Wednesday afternoon against the other five City League teams. The final scores were Start 28, Waite 59, Rogers 86, Bowsher 90, Scott 126 and Woodward 143.

Senior captain Ethan Pennywitt won the race in a time of 18:46, his second win in as many City League races this year. Sophomore Phillip Dutridge was third, followed by junior Dakota Klatt (7th), junior Tyler Kirian (8th), and junior Taylor Salzmann (9th) to round out the team scoring, also their second win in as many City League meets this year.

“I feel that the team worked very well together,” said sophomore Jacob Duncan. “Having seven runners from our team come in the top twelve doesn’t happen by accident.”

The rest of the team’s competitors included Duncan (10th), Caleb Campbell (11th), Kelly Gibson (14th), Adam Skibinski (22nd), Richard Rogers (26th), Delano Reynolds (35th), Keathun Cunningham (36th), Tim Warring (37th), Brandon Smith (39th), Zach Kirian (41st) and Loay Alarab (45th). Alarab, an exchange student from Lebanon, ran his very first race ever, and Cunningham also made his debut as a Spartan.

“We were using this more as a hard workout than as a race and the boys did their job very well,” said head coach Jesse Squire. “We wanted to work on being aggressive at the beginning of the race and that mission was accomplished. Besides, winning is always fun and especially so on the turf where we trained all summer.”

The team’s next race is the Cardinal Stritch Invitational on Saturday at Maumee Bay State Park, one of only a handful of high school meets in the USA that finish on a Great Lakes beach. Race times are 12:30 PM for varsity and 1:50 PM for the JV.