PORTAGE, Mich. — Bryan senior Joshuah Taylor finished second in the Division 3 boys race to lead the Golden Bears at the Portage Cross Country Invitational on Saturday at Portage West Middle School in Michigan.

Taylor finished in a blistering 15:39.1, which was just eight seconds off his school record mark set earlier this year at the Columbus Grove Invitational.

Bryan’s boys team placed 14th out of 30 teams in the Division 3 standings with 391 points. The Golden Bears’ girls team was 23rd out of 31 with 595 in Division 3.

Xander Fackler was 13th in 16:55.5 for Bryan’s boys team, while Kate Thormeier was 20th in 19:59.4 to lead the Golden Bears’ girls team.

Dakota Brandeberry (135th in 19:43.5), Blake Grube (165th in 20:12.5) and Ethan Psurny (172nd in 20:20.9) completed the scoring for Bryan’s boys.

Alexis Nieves finished 72nd in 22:12.3 for Bryan’s girls, while Kelby Knight was 146th in 24:06.0. Casey Xie (242nd in 27:35.7) and Anastasia Haas (275th in 29:22.6) also scored for the Golden Bears.

Benzie Central’s (Michigan) Hunter Jones finished first out of 329 runners in the Division 3 boys race in 14:52.3. Hart’s (Michigan) Alyson Enns topped the 309-runner field in the Division 3 girls race in 18:18.5.

Montpelier boys take 6th in Hudson

HUDSON, Mich. — J.T. Fackler, Garrett Walz and Jordan Fry finished 34-35-36 to front Montpelier’s boys cross country team to a sixth-place finish (201 points) among 15 teams in the lower division at the Hudson Booster Invitational on Saturday in Hudson, Michigan.

The girls (178) finished ninth out of 11 teams.

Fackler ran a 19:37.55 for 34th, while Walz finished 35th in 19:46.86. Fry took 36th in 19:58.07. Scottie Hillard (20:26.53 for 50th) and Avery Thompson (21:21:93 for 66th) rounded out the boys’ score.

Makaya Crisenbery (23:32.81 for 32nd) and Mekie Walz (24:02.76 for 38th) led the Locos’ girls team. Jenna Clinger (24:30.43 for 43rd), Shayla Serrano (25:38.12 for 58th) and Kaylea Serrano (26:13.32 for 62nd) made up the rest of Montpelier’s performance.

Pettisville won the girls race with 54 points and was fronted by three top-15 finishes in Grace Remington (21:08.09 in sixth), Kendall Sears (21:35.73 in seventh) and Sophie Sterken (22:45.65 for 14th). Ava Miller won the race in 20:41.07 for Pittsford (Michigan).

Manchester (Michigan) finished atop the team standings with 46 points. Manchester’s Nathan Kippnick won the boys race in 17:19.61.

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