Riverview continues strong cross country season

Photos by Larry Caruso.

Hank Minckiewicz

The Riverview cross country team took a small step back – from second place to third – and the second Huron League Jamboree on Oct. 1, but junior Eric Pickell continued to prove he is among the best individuals in the league.

After running first in the opening jamboree at Milan, Pickell was fourth in the sweltering heat at the second jamboree. He ran 18:02.

Milan won the meet with 50 points, Huron was second with 58 and Riverview third with 79. The results scrambled the league standings because at the first jamboree, Huron was first, followed by Riverview in second and Milan in third, which sets up a big battle at the Huron League meet on Oct. 17 at Willow Metropark.

In the record heat at Sterling on Oct. 1, Pickell was followed across the finish line by teammates Ethan Rucarean (19:06), Jack Lenden (19:07), Luke Lenden (19:31) and Justin Shupe (19:40).

Photos by Larry Caruso.

Scoring for Riverview at the first jamboree were Pickell, Sam Polgar, Jack Lenden, Shupe and Luke Lenden.

In the White Division of the Marauder Invitational at Lake Erie Metropark on Sept. 28, the Pirates ran fourth in 15-team race with 151 points. Dearborn Divine Child won with 32.

Pickell was among the top runners in the race, finishing sixth with a time of 17:38.

Shupe and Rucarean were 25th and 26th with times of 18:38 and 18:40, respectively. Gavin Shelton and Blake Robinson finished the Riverview scoring.

At the enormous Holly/Duane Raffin Festival of races on Sept. 14, Riverview was 10th in the Division 2 race.

Sam Polgar cracked the top 10 in the 147-runner race. He was 10th in 17:22. Pickell was 23rd (17:44).

Riverview girls are fifth

Riverview’s girls were fifth at the second Huron League Jamboree, led by Paige Beaudry and Grace Godlewski, who finished 16th and 17th, respectively. Beaudry ran 23:05 and Godlewski 24:06. Alyssa Brooks, Adrianna Bahu and Calie Felice finished the Riverview scoring.

Although the Pirates finished well back in the pack at the Sept. 28 Marauder Invitational, Beaudry turned in a strong run for the team, placing 10th in the 72-runner race with a time of 22:40.

Brooks and Godlewski also finished among the top 30.

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