(Photo by Greg Hall) Bentley Alderson, of Unionville-Sebewaing Area, stays ahead of Mayville’s Wyatt Emmons at Saturday’s Bad Axe Invitational. Alderson placed second, helping the Patriots to the team championship while Emmons finished in fifth place for the fourth-place Wildcats.

USA captures CC invite

BAD AXE – In the boys’ portion of Saturday’s Bad Axe Invitational, 126 runners would cross the finish line.

And 102 of them finished after Unionville-Sebewaing’s top five runners.

The Patriots won the 10-team meet with a score of 50, easily outdistancing runner-up Deckerville (94).

“Our boys hit a new level today,” said USA coach Mike Peter. “They are focused to be near the top in the state. Jacob VanHove  really stepped up today and brought our team to a new level.”

Bentley Alderson and Ty Pavlicek placed second and fourth respectively for the Patriots in times of 17:08 and 17:15. Bryce Langmaid (ninth, 17:56), VanHove (22nd, 18:31) and David Khoury (24th, 18:31) rounded out the Patriots’ top five.

Mayville placed fourth in the meet with a score of 117, Cass City was fifth (121), North Branch placed seventh (125) and Kingston took eighth (181).

The Red Hawks’ Nick McCardle was the first runner across the finish line in a time of 16:41 while teammates Brandon Witherspoon (19th, 19:28) and Drew Markel (23rd, 18:32) were the next two Cass City runners across the finish line.

Mayville was led by Wyatt Emmons’ fifth-place effort (17:20). Colton Crampton (16th, 18:13) and Charlie Moro (27th, 18:40) followed Emmons.

Evan Schapman placed seventh in a time of 17:33 to pace North Branch while Morgan Green was Kingston’s top placer in a time of 18:31 (21st place).

In the 11-team girls’ race, Marlette senior Riley Ford was the champion while Cass City was The Advertiser-area’s top team, finishing as runner-up, five points behind host Bad Axe. Ford finished the course in a time of 19:03.

Owendale-Gagetown placed fifth overall while North Branch took sixth, Mayville was ninth and Marlette placed 10th.

Cass City’s top five finishers were: Riley Copeland (seventh, 21:16), Madison Ware (19th, 22:15), Mary Muter (22nd, 22:19), Amelia Weiler (23rd, 22:20) and Marla Muter (37th, 23:24).

Owendale-Gagetown was paced by Madelyn Haldane (15th, 22:06), Allison Haldane (17th, 22:12) and Libby Ondrajka (25th, 22:22).

North Branch sophomore Haleigh Bissett finished second overall in a time of 19:42. Karlie Schlaud was the next Bronco to cross the finish line, placing ninth in a time of 21:33.

Haley Rowbotham placed Mayville, taking fourth in a time of 20:45 and Vassar – which didn’t have the five competitors necessary to qualify for team scoring – was led by Aubree White, who placed 31st in a time of 23:03.

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