Gabriel Richard freshman Alexander Meszaros and senior Lily Green each had state-meet qualifying performances at the Division 3 regional at Willow Metropark.
Meszaros ran 17:37 and placed ninth in the regional meet. Green finished 12th in 21:29.
As a team, Richrd scored 209 points and finished eighth in the 11-team field. Clinton (83) was the champion, while Dundee (88) and Erie Mason (88) also qualified as teams.
Finishing first in the 86-man field was Hunter Assenmacher (16:32.6) of Ida. John Borowicz (18:34.1) was next for Richard in 35th place.
On the girls’ side, Richard (229) was also eighth out of 11 teams.
Blissfield (59) was the team champion and it had the top overall finisher with Mari Cueto (19:50.6), who led a field of 76 runners. Ida (70) and Clinton (102) finished second and third.
At the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 state meet, held at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Meszaros finished 137th with time of 18:13. Green was 159th in 22:06.
At the Catholic League meet at Kensington Metropark, Meszaros ran 19:00. His 11th-place finish was the best among Richard runners, girls or boys. The boys finished fifth as a team. Green ran 23:15 to finish 14th in the girls race.
Pioneers fall in district soccer championship
Guided by a hat trick from Kaleb Chelli, including two overtime goals, host Inter-City Baptist came away with a 4-2 victory over Gabriel Richrd in a district title game and collected the district trophy on its home field.
It was Chelli who opened the scoring with a goal about 10 minutes into the first half. The Pioneers (7-6) tied the game 10 minutes later when Asher Cousino found the back of the net.
Early in the second half, Ethan Lividini scored on a header, after a throw in by Carson Fowler, and put the hosts up 2-1.
The Chargers had multiple opportunities to pad their lead but couldn’t get another ball across the goal line in regulation.
Soon after the Lividini goal, his teammate Micah Wright just missed on a shot. With 21 minutes remaining, Lividini had a header sail just over the crossbar. In addition, Richard keeper Kyle Paoletti stood up to the pressure and played well.
With 15 minutes left in the second half, Krzysztof Szymczuk netted a goal for Richard that evened things up at 2-2 and ultimately forced overtime.
Inter-City regained the lead when Chelli cashed in on a header with exactly 1:58 left in the first overtime period.
Chelli capped off his hat trick late in the second overtime period and all but secured the Chargers’ 4-2 victory and district championship.
For the Pioneers, the loss closed out what was another winning season, despite playing with a young roster and dealing with some key injuries.
“I love my guys and today that bond that we have grew even more,” said Richard coach Eric Perilla. “I’m really excited for where the future is (headed). We really want to build a powerhouse soccer program at GR, that’s something we’re aiming to do and we’ve just got to keep working at and trusting the process.
The seniors on the 2019 Richard club were Gabe Parks, Tyler Paoletti, Zachary Pousak and Mark Nakad.
Inter-City went on to beat Plymouth Christian in a regional semifinal game before being shutout 4-0 by Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett.
Richard in Cabrini volleyball district
The Gabriel Richard volleyball team found itself in the Division 3 Michigan High School Athletic Association volleyball district tournament at Cabrini this season.
The Pioneers opened play Nov. 4 against the host school. The other teams in the district are Ecorse, Taylor Prep and Dearborn Heights Star International.
The district championship was played Nov. 9 with the winner advancing to regionals at Petersburg-Summerfield.