After finishing first at the three-team Maroon shoe meet to open the 2020 cross country season, the Riverview boys continued a strong campaign with a second-place finish at the first Huron League jamboree and a first-place finish at the Monroe Jefferson Invitational, where the Bucs ran in the four-team Division 1 race with Woodhaven, Carlson and Belleville.
At the jamboree, hosted by Milan High School, Riverview ran second to meet champ Monroe Jefferson. The Bears scored 43 points to Riverview’s 63.
Riverview freshman Logan Ruffner was third in the race, running 17:17 and he finished ahead of all the Jefferson runners. But Jefferson placed four runners among the top 10 and that was the difference.
Riverview’s Justin Shupe was ninth (17:52) and the Bucs had a solid pack of Sam Polgar, Hayden Holmes and Eric Pickell, but the group was a little too far back to overcome the Jefferson high finishers.
At Jefferson, the Bucs were dominant, placing six runners among the first 10 and seven among the first 12. Riverview scored just 28 points to easily outdistance second place Woodhaven (42 points).
Ruffner was again Riverview’s leader, running second in 17:38. This time he had solid backing from Pickell (4th, 18:26), Shupe (5th, 18:27), Blake Robinson (8th, 18:41), Holmes (9th, 18:44) and Polgar (10th, 18:44) and Gavin Shelton (12th, 19:10).
In this season truncated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bucs had only two outings scheduled between Jefferson and the league championships on Ocft. 22 at Willow Metropark. Riverview will run regionals on Oct. 31 at Lake Erie Metropark.
Riverview girls place second, too
The Riverview girls’ team – led by a first-place run from Paige Beaudry – was second to New Boston Huron at the first Huron League jamboree.
Beaudry was the only runner under 20 minutes and her time of 19:58 was 23 second ahead of the second-place finisher, Meredith Stull of Flat Rock Rock.
Kiera Wood was 10th in 21:50. Grace Godlewski, Emillee Manahan and Adrianna Bahu finished the Riverview scoring.
At the Monroe Jefferson Invitational, the Riverview girls ran fourth in the tough first division. The race was won by Plymouth with the ridiculous team total score of 18. The winners were followed by Woodhaven, Carlson and Riverview.
Beaudry ran 20:33 and finished eighth to lead Riverview. Wood, Godlewski, Lexi Shaul and Monahan finished the Riverview scoring.