On a hot and humid afternoon, the Saline cross country teams ran in the second SEC Jamboree Tuesday. The race was held on a muddy and hilly course at Cass-Benton Park in Northville.
Saline’s girls finished second to Pioneer with 38 points. Skyline was third with 88 points.
The boys finished third with 52 points. Pioneer won with 36 points while Skyline was second with 47 points.
Coach Carl Spina said both teams were coming off good races Saturday and came in with some momentum.
“I think we ran OK. Not great, but OK. With the conference like it is this year, we can't run OK and win. I think we walked into the race with a lot of confidence, and the right mindset about the competition and the course,” Spina said.
On the girls side, Kayla Fortino was the fastest Hornet, placing third in 19:54. Sarah Forsyth won in 19:19 and Anna Vogel was second in 19:35.
Fortino ran a little behind Forsyth and Vogel most of the race.
“Kayla Fortino is tough, so a course like this favors her,” Spina said.
Also finishing in the top 10 for Saline were junior Nicole Dillman (20:24, fifth), freshman Madi Wood (20:25, eighth), and freshman Taylor Yaklich (20:40, 10th). Madison Stern, (12th, 20:48) also finished in the scoring for Saline.
The youth brings promise and challenges.
“We have a crowd of freshmen girls that keep moving up in big ways. Our varsity squad on the girls’ side has almost completely changed in the past few weeks as these new girls learn how to race,” Spina said.
Emma Cummings, Ella Woehlke, Jenna Allman, Claire Endres and Katelym Szafranski also ran for the varsity Hornets.
On the boys side, the Hornets were led by junior William Minnette and Simon Pfeiffer. Minnette sprinted past Pfeiffer at the finish to take third in 16:39.33 - .6 seconds faster than Pfeiffer.
“Up front, Simon and Will had very good days. Those two are rock-solid for us. Our next pack looked pretty good. They spent most of the race together and moved through the field well. Having them together is a good way to keep them all honest and pressing the pace throughout the race,” Spina said.
Junior Cole Trese (14th, 17:17), junior Christofer Clisham (15th, 17:25) and senior Jevin Nishioka (16th, 17:27) also finished in the scoring for the Hornets. They were followed in by Emmett Berryhill and Brock Boze.
Christopher Van Dyke, Jacob Brunty and Johnathan Speers also ran for Saline.
“Both teams are just crushing expectations right now. We talk a lot about how guys like Simon Pfeiffer and Cole Trese have worked very hard to make sure they were ready for this fall, this season, and that has been the rally call for the team. We're ready to capitalize on that,” Spina said.
Pioneer’s Nick Foster (16:07) and John Florence (16:32) won the race.
Saline won the reserve race. Joseph Fedoronko, Matthew Thibault, Noah Pelletier, Nathan Irgang and Kyle Lentine placed in the scoring for Saline.
On the girls side, Bedford won the race and Saline was third. Kaityln Eckermann, Ashley Desimone, Makenna Lupi, Maekayla Rice and Sophie Woehlke finished in the scoring for Saline.