The boys’ cross country team finished tenth out of eighteen teams in the Cardinal Stritch Invitational’s “Red division” (Division I and II teams) on Saturday at Maumee Bay State Park.
The team was led by senior captain Ethan Pennywitt, who finished fourteenth overall out of the 129 competitors. His time of 17:06 established a new school record for the course, which had previously been Joe Rodriguez’ 17:38 from 2008.
Conditions were difficult, with heat and strong sun, winds, and sandy footing, yet the team still recorded its best finish at the Stritch Invitational in more than a decade.
Pennywitt was followed by Phillip Dutridge (52nd), Taylor Salzmann (57th), Caleb Campbell (73rd), Dakota Klatt (89th), Josh Yeager (90th), and Adam Skibinski (97th).
“Ethan had a breakthrough race today, and Phillip and Taylor had career-best efforts as well,” said head coach Jesse Squire. “All the boys ran tough, even though a few are going through a rough patch right now due to injury or being just plain tired.”. Personal record times were recorded by Pennywitt and Salzmann.
Eight Spartans competed in the JV race, led by senior Kelly Gibson (59th out of 161 runners). He was followed by Justin Cauls (89th), Richard Rogers (109th), Keathun Cunningham (123rd), Delano Reynolds (138th), Brandon Smith (140th), Tim Warring (146th), and Zach Kirian (150th). Personal record times were recorded by Gibson, Cunningham and Kirian.
The team’s next meet is on Wednesday at Highland Park when they take on the rest of the City League. Race time is 5:00 PM.