The Riverview boys cross country team got the season off to a solid start with a fourth-place finish at the mostly-for-fun 13-team Trenton Watermelon Invitational run at Elizabeth Park.
The scoring was dominated by non-area teams as Dearborn Divine Child took top team honors, followed by Grosse Pointe South and Dearborn High. Divine Child scored a scant 42 points, Grosse Pointe South had 58 and Dearborn scored 90.
Riverview was the top Downriver team, scoring 136 points and easily holding off fifth-place Allen Park which had 155.
Individually, Divine Child took three of the top six spots and Dearborn two before Riverview’s Sam Polgar came in sixth and broke up the all-Dearborn party. Polgar’s time was 17:28.
Eric Pickell followed Polgar and cracked the top 20 by finishing 16th in 17:50. Finishing the Riverview scoring were Justin Shupe (39th, 19:02), Jack Lenden (45th, 19:11) and Gavin Shelton (52nd, 19:30).
Others running for the Bucs were, Luke Lenden, Ethan Rucarean, Blake Robinson, Luke Riney, Ben Shaw, Colin Riley and Tyler Melcher.
There were 237 runners in the race.
There were 224 runners in the girls’ race and the top Riverview performer was Alyssa Brooks, who finished 28th in a time of 23:54 and helped the Pirates finish 10th, ahead of five other teams in the 15-team event.
Other Riverview scoring runners were Emma Small, Callie Felice, Tylee Hunter and Adrianna Bahu. Also running for the Bucs were, Lexi Shaul and Abbie Wilgus.
The Pirates will run in the Holly/Duane Raffin Festival of Races Sept. 14 at Springfield Oaks County Park and then get the league season started with Huron League Jamboree No. 1 at Milan on Sept. 17.
The second league jamboree will be Oct. 1 at Sterling State Park and the league meet will be Oct. 17 at Willow Metropark. In between, the Bucs will run in the Marauder invitational, hosted by Carlson High School Sept. 28, the Wayne County Cross Country Championships Oct. 5 and the Downriver Gabriel Richard Invitational at Young Patriots Park on Oct. 12.