Boys 8th Grade Cross Country, Boys Varsity Cross Country · Boys Cross Country 13th at Eagle Invitational

While the outer bands of Hurricane Joaquin lashed Pearson Metropark, the boys’ cross country team finished 13th in a field of 16 teams on Saturday at the Clay Eagle Invitational.

Senior captain Ethan Pennywitt led the team with a 15th-place finish out of 133 runners. His time of 17:20 broke his own school record for the new Pearson Metropark course (redesigned last year), and the team’s top 5 average of 18:48 likewise set a new school record for the course.

Pennywitt was followed by Taylor Salzmann (54th), Phillip Dutridge (72nd), Caleb Campbell (85th), Josh Yeager (98th), Jacob Duncan (110th), Kelly Gibson (111th), and Adam Skibinski (117th). Despite windy and muddy conditions, Salzmann recorded a career-best time.

“The boys got out there and competed,” said head coach Jesse Squire. “It’s easy to mentally check out when the weather is rough but they raced and either beat or nearly beat their assignments from Rogers and Bowsher.”

In the JV race, the Spartans–the only City League team with a JV squad–were represented by Richard Rogers (104th out of 181), Keathun Cunningham (106th), Delano Reynolds (139th), Tim Warring (153rd), Brandon Smith (170th), Zach Kirian (172nd), and Loay Alarab (180th). Cunningham, Reynolds and Warring recorded career-best times.

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The team’s next meet is on Wednesday at Ottawa Park, when the team celebrates Senior Day. Race time is 5:00 PM.