For the first time in school history, BOTH the men’s and women’s cross country teams will be headed to the State Championship on Saturday, November 4th at Michigan International Speedway. It wasn’t an easy road for the Eagles – their regional championship was moved to Jackson and the competition was fierce to be among the top three teams to head to Brooklyn.
On the women’s side, PCA finished third, capturing the final spot as team qualifiers for States. Sienna Ruiter led the way for the ladies, finishing in 6th place overall. Following Sienna’s lead was Emily Cameron and Nicole Reinhart who finished 11th and 12th respectively. The top 15 finishers qualify individually for States so it was up to the rest of the team to finish strong to go as a team. Sarah Reinhart did just that as she recorded a personal best time of 22:19, finishing 23rd overall. It was neck and neck with Concord when Isabel Mossel came through the finish as the 5th place scorer for PCA, edging out two Concord runners to secure the team victory for PCA. In a beautiful show of sportsmanship, Eva Warmbier ran as a buddy to Joy Chamberlain, who had been in a serious car accident the week of Regionals and was running on bruised knees. According to Kristy Chamberlain, mother of Joy, Eva wouldn’t leave Joy’s side and encouraged her the last mile to the finish line.
On the men’s side, Luke Pohl (16:36) continued his dominance and finished in first place as Regional Champion. Seth Windle finished 4th overall, with a time of 17:07. With Pohl and Windle qualifying for States individually, it was left to the rest of the team to make sure the whole team would qualify for States. Hunter Torolski (21st), Quinn McLaren (24th) and Nathan Sutrick (26th and a personal best time of 18:41) did just that and the Eagles secured a second place Regional finish. Rounding out the Eagles were Eric Moore (19:05) and Caleb Godin (20:22) who made sure to keep ahead of the other schools vying for a team placement.
Right now, the women’s team is ranked 13th in the State and the men’s team is ranked 6th overall, with Luke Pohl ranked 4th and Seth Windle 25th. It will be very exciting to see what happens Saturday at Michigan International Speedway. The women will race at 9:30AM and the men will race at 10:50 AM. Tickets are $8. Come cheer on your Eagles!