Roosevelt’s boys and girls cross country teams finished in the middle of the pack at the Gabriel Richard Downriver meet at Riverview’s Young Patriots Park on Oct. 12, but a pair of Bears – one boy and one girl – proved they are among the area’s top runners.
Freshman Samantha Cost was third in the 93-runner girls race, finishing the course in 19:44. Only Allen Park’s Madison Price (19:31) and Woodhaven’s Brianna Vojinov (19:41) finished ahead of the young Wyandotte star.
In the boys race, which featured 104 runners, senior Colin Metzger was fifth with a time of 17:32.
In the team standings, Roosevelt finished sixth among the 15 boys teams and seventh among the 14 girls teams. Dearborn claimed the boys team championship and Derborn Divine Child was the girls winner.
Joining Metzger on the score sheet for the Bear boys were Sam Rankine (13th, 17:44), Michael Makuch (16th, 18:00), Alec Brovont and Seth Noggle.
For the girls, Aubrey Migoski (16th, 21:25), Paige Chinavare, Noelle Robertson and Lily Gauvin all scored.
At the second Downriver Jamboree on Oct. 3, the Bears stayed in the hunt for the league title by winning the race and topping Southgate Anderson, which had won the first Jamboree.
Metzger (17:40) and Rankine (17:42) ran first and second to lead the Bears to victory. Makuch and Donovan Potter were 10th and 11th and Noggle was 26th.
In the girls race, Cost was second to Vojinov, running 20:06. The Bears finished third as a team.
The Bears finished up the league season on Oct. 17 at the Downriver League Championship and they will run in regionals at Lake Erie Metropark on Oct. 26.