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Saugatuck cross country boys take first, girls second at Ithaca Invitational

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By Jason Wesseldyk

Sports Editor

 

ITHACA—The Ithaca Yellowjacket Invitational represented the first meet of the season for the Saugatuck boys’ cross country team.

And what a way to start the new campaign.

The defending Division 3 state champion Indians squared off with defending Division 4 champion and long-time rival Pewamo-Westphalia. And it was Saugatuck that took the top spot in the eight-team event with a 37-point showing.

Pewamo-Westphalia was runner-up with 47 points, followed by Ithaca with 65 points and Carson City-Crystal with 98 points.

The girls’ race also saw Saugatuck and Pewamo-Westphalia claim the top two spots. This time, however, it was P-W that finished on top with 30 points compared to 42 for the Indians.

The duo of junior Corey Gorgas and freshman Nik Pettinga provided quite the one-two punch to lead the charge for the Saugatuck boys. Gorgas finished first with a time of 15:40, while Pettinga started his high school career by running a 16:05 that put him in second place.

“That was a personal best time for Corey,” Saugatuck coach Rick Bauer said.

Senior Keegan Seifert placed fifth with a time of 16:44, while junior Ray Bartlett (14th at 17:45) and senior Armand Carrion (15th at 17:50) rounded out the scoring runners for the Indians.

On the girls’ side, junior Thea Johnson took the individual championship with an 18:49.

“That breaks the school record,” Bauer said.

Classmates Megan Jenkins and Natalie Martinson joined Johnson in the top 10 by placing seventh (20:16) and eighth (20:18) respectively. Junior Lily Francis placed 11th with a time of 20:33, while junior Ceci Stickle placed 15th with a time of 21:00.

Saugatuck next races on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at Fennvalley for the first of three SAC jamborees.