30 middle and high school cross country teams converged on Lake Erie Country Club on Tuesday afternoon to compete in the 18th annual Panther Invite. The Panthers also hosted a “Pink Out” event during the meet.
West Carroll’s Briar Nevills (16:13) held off Tyler Kibling from Rockridge to win the title and establish himself as the top 1A runner in the area. Sherrard took the team title beating the host Panthers by 12 points in the 12 team field with a team total of 82.
EP ran without their top runner Chris Link who was resting an injury and were also missing junior Carter Jepson who took 4th for the team at last week’s conference meet.
Cameron Abell led EP with a 9th place finish followed by Tyler Holldorf in 10th. Darrien Voeltz took 19th and was followed by a trio of Panthers; Andrew Bomleny 32nd, Alex Gustaf 33rd, Luke DeNeve 34th.
Newman’s Karlie Hey repeated as champion in the girls’ race finishing in 20:19. Orion took the team title with 70 points on the strength of runners placing 3rd, 4th, and 6th.
The Lady Panthers took 4th in a 9 team field with 104 points led by Jorden Robinson in 8th. Dylan Chandler was 2nd for EP in 20th followed by Olivia Miniel 30th. Makayla Dornbush was 34th and Kaitlin Hanrahn took 37th.
Middle School Races
Nine middle school teams also took part in the invite running a 1 mile loop. The EP girls took 3rd in a 4 team race with Sterling’s Challand Middle School taking the title with 20 points.
Sarah Link out sprinted teammate Jillian Norman to finish first for the Panthers crossing the line in 7th place. Aubrey Huisman 17th, Brooke Lalley 19th, and Madisyn Dornbush 28th, were the other top finishers for EP.
The Panther boys were also led by a member of the Link family as Charlie Link placed 11th for EP. Lucas Dreisbach 12th, Jacob Gibson 14th, Aiden Jepson 19th, and Zeke Weidel 23rd were the other top finishers for EP.
The boys’ team took third in the five team field of 82 runners.
The Middle School Panthers will travel to the IESA Sectional Meet on Saturday in Winnebago, looking to qualify for the state meet.
The High School Panthers will spend Monday in Amboy competing in the Columbus Day Invitational.