By Terry Jacoby/weloveannarbor.com
The Huron cross country teams compete in the tough SEC and run up against some of the top programs in the state on a regular basis. On Saturday, the River Rats stretched their legs and headed downriver to compete in the 52nd annual New Boston Invitational at Willow Metropark.
And Huron shined!
The boys’ team had six runners land in the top 20 and finished first overall in the 11-team field, which included SEC rival Saline.
The girls’ team had a freshman finish second overall to help lead the River Rats to a third-place finish out of 14 teams.
It was a perfect day to run, with plenty of sunshine and comfortable temperatures and the River Rats took advantage of the conditions to shine.
In the Division 1 boys’ race, Huron had six runners in the top 20 and finished first with 53 points. Grosse Pointe South was second (69) followed by Saline (92) and Fraser (151).
Two seniors led the way for the River Rats. Senior Eli Wiegman was eighth in 16:58.50 and senior Matthew Dowling was 10th in 17:03.50. Junior Adam Bigelow was 11th in 17:06.00 and sophomore Lucas Weintraub was 15th in 17:26.40. Senior Lev Nakamura ran 18th in 17:29.00, just a step ahead of freshman Walker Brose, who was 19th in 17:29.30.
Sophomore Henry Beard was 39th in 18:05.40, junior Aidan Behmer was 47th in 18:25.30 and junior Nicolas Jiang was 61st in 18:56.90.
In the Division 1 girls’ race, Saline was first with 51 points followed by South Lyon East (52) and the River Rats (87).
The River Rats had some fire power up front but showed their strength with some incredible depth – eight runners crossed the finish line in the top 50.
Freshman Lucinda Paliani took second overall in the race with a time of 18:58.20. South Lyon East junior Liliane Aittama took first overall in 18:49.10. Wyandotte’s Samantha Cost was a distant third in 19:12.20.
Back to the River Rats.
Sophomore Sonya Shelgikar was 11th in 19:45.30 and junior Rachel Overgaard ran 14th in 20:26.40.
The rest of the Huron finishers were sophomore Sarah Conley (33rd, 22:07.10), freshman Lianne Liu (36th, 22:20.30), freshman Jaya Shah (38th, 22:29.20), freshman Kendra Bogan (44th, 22:43.70) and senior Mari Park (47th, 22:45.90).