The Lady Hornets’ top three runners all set personal records as Saline placed sixth at the Portage Invite Saturday.
(Photo of Kayla Fortino by Ginger Liemohn.)
Saline finished with 256 points. Pioneer won the meet with 177 points – defeating Northville by three points.
Kayla Fortino and Regan Barsch were Saline’s fastest runners again. Fortino was 26th in 19:11, taking 1.3 seconds off her previous best. Barsch was 41st in 19:27 – 2.4 seconds better than her previous mark. Freshman Ella Woehlke also set a personal best, finishing 51st in 19:40. She clipped 17 seconds of her best time.
Emma Cummings was 54th in 19:41 and Rebecca Cantrell was 89th in 20:02 to account for the Saline scoring.
Alexa Stern (118th, 20:25) and Julian Romero (134th, 20:41) also ran for varsity.
Coach Carl Spina said the team is running with confidence.
“These girls are running great, week after week. They have worked themselves into a very good team that can compete with the best in Michigan, and they are still very humble and hungry,” Spina said. “Portage and the Spartan invites are the best measures of where they are as a team and how they race in a crowded field. They have done well in both races, and they have the huge confidence boost that came from running so well at Jamboree two.”
Spina said assistant coaches Matt Hagood and Eileen Kreutz have done a good job preparing the girls for the big races.
“They’ve been getting the girls to focus on the right things. After some questions about what this fall would look like, we're getting some very good results from these girls,” Spina said.
Only two girls ran in the junior varsity race. Freshman Nicole Dillman was fourth in 20:35 and Jenny Cantrell was 24th 21:14.)
Saline girls were 18th in the sixth grade race. They were led by Aubrey Stager (44th, 11:11), Kylie Evenson (56th, 11:27) and Melinda Sotiropoulous (83rd, 11:52).
The Hornets were ninth in the 2500 meter middle school race.
Claire Endres (42nd, 10:11), Madison Stern (58th, 10:19), Melissa Phelps (61st, 10:21), Lydia Alig (91st, 10:39) and Amanda Lin (105th, 10:48) were in the scoring for Saline.
Ann Arbor Running Co. 3 Stars
- Kayla Fortino – Saline’s sophomore star turned in her best race yet.
- Regan Barsch – The senior captain continues her senior year surge.
- Ella Woehlke – It’s not that remarkable when a freshman sets a PR. But when she does it by 17 seconds?