NORTH MANCHESTER—Crown Point easily won the boys and girls title of the Manchester Cross Country Invitational Saturday in a 10-team field that included Bellmont.
Both Bellmont teams placed one runner in the top 10 in individual competition with Evan Boucher placing seventh overall in 17:40 while Cadence Faurote earned tenth place status for the Squaws in 21:54.45.
Battling the oppressive heat and humidity, the Braves finished sixth as a team while the Squaws were ninth. Crown Point claimed the top three places in the boys race and scored only 31 points for first followed by Northfield 64, Elkhart Central 98, Fort Wayne North Side 104, Fort Wayne South Side 115, Bellmont 151, Norwell 155, Elkhart Memorial 201, North Miami 272, and Manchester was incomplete.
Crown Point was even more dominant in the girls venture placing all five of their top runners in the top eight for 25 points. Norwell claimed second at 72, while Elkhart Memorial 120, followed by Fort Wayne North Side 124, Northfield 128, Fort Wayne South Side 151, Manchester 163, Elkhart Central 173, Bellmont 196, and North Miami had an incomplete team.
As usual, the Braves were paced by Boucher while Adam Corral took 30th in 18:56, Michael Braun ended up 34th in 19:22, and Josh Porter and Kris Piotrowski were 39th and 42nd with respective marks of 20:04 and 20:39. Freshman Sean Andrews was 44th at 20:43.
Sophomore Dallas Piotrowski competed in his first-ever 5K race and was the top Bellmont finisher in the reserve race posting a 21:07. Other BHS harriers in the match included Logan Neher 21:26, Aaron Macklin 21:25, Harrison Jacobson 24:26, Cody Fuelling 22:19, Adam Ralston 21:21, Ben Helmrich 22:51, Keith Johnson 24:25, and Anthony Bertsch 29:48.
Bellmont girls coach Carl Risch praised the efforts of Faurote noting “she ran quite well throughout the race despite less than ideal conditions. Cadence has been getting over a recent illness and was stronger Saturday than the week before, She battled with the top 10 runners and was as high as fifth at one point. She had a season best time and had a really nice run.”
Even though NHC rival Norwell was second, Risch was pleased that Faurote topped all of the Knight runners. The Squaws were hampered in the team race with the absence of Sarah Garner and Alexis Harvey but Risch pointed out most of the other BHS runners all had season best times.
He said Allyson Norby was the second Bellmont runner in 34th place in 24:14.33 and “did well despite her breathing problems in the heat. All things considered, she did fine.”
Senior captain Amanda Noonan posted a lifetime best of 24:25.85 to be the third Bellmont runner and was 38th overall. Ashley Myers, a freshman who is new to cross country this year, set a personal best time of 30:12 for 56th overall and Jessica Hedrick was 59th in 34:30.
The Squaws and Braves will both be back in action next Saturday in Ohio with the girls going to Spencerville and the boys to Tiffin, both locations that Bellmont teams have run well at in recent years.
Hisner said “we were shorthanded at Manchester but I’m looking forward to seeing what we can can at Tiffin.”
BMS Runners Star
In the girls middle school meet at Manchester, three Squaws ran tough and placed in the top 10.
Bailey Beery topped the 27-runner field with a time of 12:41.15 while Emily Gunsett was third overall in 13:56.37 and Marie Fisher was tenth in 16:16.24
“Bailey ran a very strong race and the North Miami girl (second place finisher Carlee Lefebvre) challenged her on several occasions. Her last move on Bailey was with about 150 meters left and Bailey just blew her away w inning by over 12 seconds,” Risch noted.
Bellmont had just the three runners so didn’t qualify for the team race. Manchester won the event followed by North Miami and Northfield.