The Saline boys’ varsity cross country team settled for third place at the season’s first SEC Jamboree, held Tuesday at Hudson Mills Metropark.
Ann Arbor Pioneer won the 12-team jamboree with 37 points. Chelsea was second with 63 points. Saline finished with 72 points.
Pioneer’s Nick Foster won the event in 15:19.7 and the Pioneers put five runners in the top 12.
Saline’s fastest runner was senior Anthony DeKraker, who was fifth in a fast race. He finished in a career-best 15:59.2. Junior Jevin Nishioka was nine in 16:17.3 seconds. Also figuring into the scoring were junior Simon Pfeiffer (15th, 16:30.2), senior Joshua Cook (20th, 16:49), senior Aidan Delfuoco (23rd, 16:50.9) and junior Will Downey (34th, 17:03).
Pfeiffer’s time was also a personal best.
Ann Arbor was ranked first and Saline third in the recent MichiganCrossCountry.com Division 1 rankings, so the results weren’t out of the blue. Chelsea was ranked second in the Division 2 rankings.
Saline won the junior varsity race with 51 points. Evan Bleitz was the fastest Hornet, taking fourth in 17:39. Samuel Chen, Christofer Clisham, Ethan Smith and Johnathan Speers also finished in the scoring five for Saline.