Bears run second to Southgate at first cross country jamboree

Hank Minckiewicz
– Wyandotte Warrior

The first Downriver League cross country Jamboree of the season turned into a two-team race on Sept. 17 at Willow Metropark, as Roosevelt and Southgate Anderson dueled at the top of the standings,

Anderson won the battle in the end, edging the Bears 44-49. Allen Park was a distant third with 69 points. Following were Carlson, Woodhaven, Trenton and Lincoln Park.

Roosevelt, Anderson and Allen Park all placed three runners among the top 10 in the race. Roosevelt placed all five of its runners ahead of all five of Southgate’s, but a two-three-four finish by Anderson’s top three runners was just a little too much for Roosevet to overcome.

Allen Park’s Isaiah Jacobs was the individual winner, running 17:14 to finish three seconds ahead of runner-up Terry Towell of Southgate.

Colin Metzger (6), Sam Rankine (7) and Gabe Mullins (10) all had top 10 finishes and Donavon Potter (11) finished just outside. Freshman Michael Mukuch was 15th and finished the scoring. Metzger ran 17:44 on the familiar Willow course. Rankine ran 17:47, Mullins 18:01, Potter 18:12 and Mauch 18:30.

Southgate’s Towell, Brenden Buckner and Steven Porter finished second, third and fourth. Roger Putnam was 16th and Connor Eccleton was 19th to finish the scoring for the Titans.

For the girls, Roosevelt freshman Samantha Cost proved to be the class of the field, winning the individual title by 30 seconds over Woodhavens Brianna Vojinov. She ran 19:22.

Allen Park won the race with 46 points, Woodhaven had 57 and Wyandotte had 90. The rest of the finish, in order, was Carlson, Lincoln Park, Anderson and Edsel Ford.

Roosevelt’s other scoring girls were Aubrey Migoski, Paige Chinavare, Lily Gauvin and Nicole Robertson. 

The Bears ran to a 13th-place finish in the Division 2 race at the massive 5-division Holly Duane Raffin Festival Festival of Races in Oakland County on Sept. 14.

The 22-team race was won by East Lansing with an impossibly low score of 31 points.

Metzger led the way for Wyandotte and cracked the top 20 with his 17:40 run. Rankine, Potter, Mullins and Seth Noggle finished the scoring for the Bears.

The girls race was also won by East Lansing, which scored 72 points. Roosevelt was nowhere near the leaders, finished 10th, but Cost was a strong individual contender, finishing fifth behind the meet winner, Abbie Draheim of East Lansing. Cost’s time was 19:57.

Migoski nabed 41st place (22:28) and Chinavare was 79th (24:19).

At the Warrior Classic run at Lake Erie Metropark on Sept. 6 the Bears ran to a fourth-place finish in the 17-team event.

Monroe won with 78 points, Milan had 107, Allen Park 113 and Roosevelt finished with 125 points.

Metzger’s eighth-place individual finish paced the Roosevelt attack. Rankine was 13th, Potter was 20th, Mullins was 24th and Noggle was 62nd.

The girls, who were seventh in their 13-team field, were led by Cost, who won the event in 20-minutes flat. The other Roosevelt scorers were Migoski, Chinavare, Gauvin and Robertson.

Grosse Ile won the girls’ team title with 82 points, beating host Woodhaven by just two.Allen Park was third with 96. Roosevelt total was 191.

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