First Time In 39 years
The Saxons' Aidan Makled, Braden Tolles, Blake Harris, Josh Brown and Jon Arnold show off their medals and ribbons after leading the Hastings varsity boys' cross country team to a win at the Interstate-8 Athletic Conference Championship meet Saturday in Turkeyville. The Saxons did something they haven't done since 1979 Saturday at Cornwell's Turkeyville, where Marshall hosted the Interstate-8 Athletic Conference cross country championship.
The Hastings varsity boys' cross country team won the conference meet, a feat that helped them move up to third place in the overall conference standings. The Saxons scored 22 fewer points Saturday than they did at the previous sI-8 jamboree.
The Hastings girls were better Saturday too, improving by nine points.
The Parma Western boys and girls still capped off conference championships at the meet. The Parma Western girls were the champions Saturday, while the Parma Western boys were third behind both the Saxons and the Marshall RedHawks.
Hastings took the boys' meet with 42 points. Marshall was second with 56, ahead of Parma Western 57, Harper Creek 134, Jackson Lumen Christi 140, Coldwater 143, Pennfield 167 and Jackson Northwest 206.
The Saxon team had three guys in the top six finishers. Aidan Makled led the way in fourth place with a time of 16:46 on the course that was short by 79 meters. Blake Harris was fifth in 16:47 and Jon Arnold sixth in 16:52.
Hastings had Braden Tolles 13th in 17:15 and Josh Brown 14th in 17:19.
The Saxons' Braxton McKenna placed 20th in 17:40, finishing just behind the fifth scorers from Marshall and Parma Western.
The Hastings' boys haven't won an overall conference championship since 1953.
Parma Western senior Gezahegn Starr was the individual champion in 16:14 in the boys' race Saturday, with Jackson Lumen Christi junior Gene Hendrickson second in 16:30 and Marshall senior Brett Carlisle third in 16:42.
Parma Western's girls beat Marshall by a point for the girls' championship 60-61. Coldwater was third with 75 points, followed by Harper Creek 93, Lumen Christi 104, Hastings 136, Pennfield 201 and Jackson Northwest 220.
Coldwater had the first two girls in, junior Elka Machan finished in 18:38 and senior Kathy Potter in 19:15.
Parma Western freshman Alyna Lewis was third in 19:21.
Hastings was led by senior Allison Collins who finished in 19:33.
The Saxon girls' team also had Carissa Strouse 22nd in 20:56, Allison Teed 27th in 21:19, Aura Wahl-Piotrowksi 46th in 22:35 and Arian Bond 47th in 22:36.
The Saxons are back in action Saturday at their Division 2 Regional Meet at Portage West Middle School.