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Manistee National Invite

MANISTEE — Pine River’s boys cross country team took fifth place while the girls finished ninth during the Manistee National Invite on Saturday.

Benzie Central took first place with 44 points in the boys division, while the Bucks finished with 148. Trevor Holmes finished third overall with a 17:05. Chris TerBergh was 30th with an 18:31.7 while Elliot VanDrummel was 31st with an 18:31.7. Ben Rigling took 42nd at 19:00, while Derek Hartline was 49th with a 19:14.

On the girls side, Benzie Central took first place with 54 points, while the Bucks finished at 237. Devyn Powell took seventh with a 20:38. Jasmine Blackrick was 63rd at 24:27.3, while Rachel Hartline was 64th at 24:27.4 and Erica Loop was 65th at 24:27.7. Julia Lucas finished with a 25:37.

The Pine River boys JV ran at Manistee and Robert Rogatski took 18th in 21:35 followed by Eugene Sturdavant, 23rd in 21:58, Dustin Ecker 24th in 22:35, Taya Trieber 27th in 31:21 and Mariah Curtis 29th in 33:19.

LEROY -- The Pine River cross country team ended its season in the Highland on Oct. 16 at Marion.

The Pine River boys finished third. For the Bucks, Trevor Holmes was second in 17:39, Greg Schaefer sixth in 18:18, Elliot VanDrumel 15th in 19:29, Josh Phillips 17th in 19:32 and Ben Rigling 18th in 19:45.

The Pine River girls were also third.

Devyn Powell was second in 21:00 while Erica Loop was 17th in 24:06, Rachel Hartline 23rd in 24:52, Jasmine Blackrick 28th in 25:14 and Suzanna Johnson 37th in 26:33.

REED CITY -- At Saturday’s Chippewa Hills Invitational, Chad Zagacki was 11th in 17:26.62 to lead Reed City’s boys while the girls were paced by McKenzie Cornelius, fourth in her division in 21:58.85.

“When I started I felt very confident getting out there in far ahead of people,” Zagacki said. “When you’re running, you have to keep the same pace. There were three or four guys who passed me, I kept pushing it. I’m looking forward to regionals.

“I was really happy,” Reed City coach Brad Smith said of his team’s effort. “They seem to be coming around and doing well at the end of the season which everyone wants their kids to do. Chad has been really improving his times. I’m excited about him to see how he’ll do (at regionals this Saturday).

“McKenzie has been doing good too. It’s a learning year for her as a freshman. She ran in middle school but she’s figuring it out.”

Reed City will run Saturday in the regionals at Benzie Central.


Pine River wins Glen Lake Invitational

GLEN LAKE -- Pine River took first place in the Glen Lake Invitational on Saturday.

The Bucks defeated Lake City 21-13, 21-8, 21-7 and Grand Traverse Academy 21-13, 21-7, 21-19 in pool play. In semifinal play, the Bucks beat Lake City again 25-12, 25-9 and dumped East Jordan in the finals 25-20

For Pine River, Cayman Gatt had 23 kills, 18 digs and seven aces; followed by Alex Stokely with 27 assists, 15 digs and 11 aces; Elizabeth Whaley with 42 assists, 14 digs and nine aces and Christie Nelson with 36 digs.

“The girls have been focused all week on winning this one,” said Pine River coach Jana Dennis. “When they put their minds to something, there never is a question of whether it would come true.”