The Gabiel Richard Downriver meet – known for years as the News-Herald Invitational – has long been a source of bragging rights and local pride among area cross country teams.
The meet now includes teams from outside the Downriver area, but local squads still compete with each other and this year top honors belong to the Anderson boys, who finished second behind Dearborn. Dearborn scored 70 points, followed by Anderson’s 90. Allen Park, Riverview, Woodhaven, Roosevelt, Trenton, Carlson, Grosse Ile and Divine Child rounded out the top 10 teams.
Dearborn runners claimed the top two individual spots, running sub-17-minute times, but Anderson’s Terry Towell was third in 17:13. Brendon Buckner was seventh (17:20) and Steven Porter finished just outside the top 10 runners (11th,17:37). Connor Eccleton and Roger Putnam finished the scoring for the runner-up Titans.
For Anderson’s girls team Lena Hales was the top finisher.
In Downriver League action, the Titans find themselves in a dogfight at the top of the standings. Anderson beat Roosevelt in the first league jamboree, but at the second jamboree on Oct. 3, the Bears turned the tables, beating the Titans 50-59, setting up a showdown at the league championship meet, which was run Oct. 17.
Roosevelt grabbed the top two spots in the meet, but the Titans grabbed three of the top eight as the teams battled back and forth. In the end, Roosevelt’s strong finish at the top of the standings was too much for Anderson to overcome.
Porter was his team’s top finisher (4th, 17:46), followed by Towell (6th, 18:07), Buckner (8th, 18:18), Putnam and Joe Rodriguez.