Junior Jessi Larson returned to action and helped Saline to a strong finish in the final SEC Red Jamboree of the season.
(Photos by Ginger Liemohn)
Larson finished second in 18:52.63 despite a slip that cost her time on a soggy course at Hudson Mills. Saline finished a single point behind heavily-favored Pioneer, 38-37.
Pioneer’s Anne Forsyth won the race in 18:00.43.
Regan Barsch was fifth in 19:35 and Kayla Fortino was six in 19:37.14. Emma Cummings was 12th in 19:57.16 and Ella Woehlke was 13th in 20:17.78.
Alexa Stern (15th, 20:23) and Rebecca Cantrell (18th, 20:42.34) also ran varsity for Saline.
The Hornets had already come a long way from the first Jamboree, when the Hornets were 39 points back of Pioneer. Barsch, a senior, helped keep the young team study and Fortino and Woehlke emerged as up-and-coming runners. Now, with Larson back, the Hornets have an opportunity to do well at the regional and qualify for the state meet.
The regional will be held Oct. 29 at Lake Erie Metropark.
In the junior varsity race, Saline won with 21 points – 28 better than second-place Pioneer.
Junior Juliana Romero won the race in 20:43. Gillian Hartley (3rd, 21:17), Nicole Dillman (4th, 21:19), Katelyn Szafranski (6th, 21:29) and Taylor Vaughn (7th, 21:31) finished in the scoring for Saline.
The Ann Arbor Running Co. 3 Stars
- Jessi Larson – Welcome back, Jessi. The all-state junior ran a strong race and should help the Hornets finish strong.
- Regan Barsch – The senior captain ran a strong race in tough conditions and was rewarded with an all-league medal.
- Kayla Fortino – Another key race for the sophomore, who earned the first of what should be many all-league medals.