Titan runners keeping pace with area’s best

The Woodhaven boys cross country team placed four runners among the top 10 at the Downriver League League meet on Oct. 15 and ran away with the title at Lake Erie Metropark.

But while the Warriors were easy winners, the Southgate Titans engaged in and won a fierce battle for second place with Trenton and Wyandotte Roosevelt.

Woodhaven won the meet with 35 points. The Titans claimed their silver finish with 82 points, with Trenton third with 85 and Roosevelt fourth with 86. Carlson was fourth, just 15 points behind the Titans with 97 points and Lincoln Park brought up the rear with 133.

Roosevelt runners placed second and third and Anderson’s first man — Connor Augustin — did not finish until eighth, running 18:01, but Anderson’s depth was able to overcome the Bears early advantage.

Senior Steven Porter was 11th in 18:12, senior Connor Eccleton was 16th in 18:30, junior Alex Jewell was 21st in 18:51 and junior Tyler Fantow was 26th in 19:18.

Southgate’s jayvee team was second to Woodhaven, too, again beating out Trenton in a close race for second. Anderson won that battle 66-71. Cam Jewell was the first Southgate runner home in that race.

The varsity team finished 4-3 in dual meet this season, with wins over Trenton, Roosevelt, Lincoln Park and Dearborn Edsel Ford. There were no invitationals for the Titans in this Covid-19-altered season.

Also new this year because of the coronavirus, the Michigan High School Athletic Association instituted pre-regional meets. The Titans ran against Woodhaven, Edsel Ford, Carlson, Dearborn, Lincoln Park, River Rouge and Roosevelt in a meet held after our deadline. The top four teams and seven individuals not one one of those teams qualify for regionals on Halloween back at Lake Erie Metropark.

Girls fourth at league meet

The Anderson girls cross country team finished fourth at the Oct. 15 league meet, scoring 109 points and finishing behind champ Woodhaven (21 points), Wyandotte (57) and Carlson (63).

Freshman Grace Buckner cracked the top 10, running 10th in 21:57. Following her across the finish line were teammates Paulina Rosas (19th, 23:32), Natalie Packwood (29th, 24:12), Anysia Correa (30th, 24:26) and Maggie Stanley (31st, 24:32)

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