Pioneers News · Cross Country Finishes 2nd at CHSL

The Riverview Gabriel Richard boys came away with a second-place finish on Saturday, Oct. 17 in the CHSL Intersectional 1 & 2 championship meet at Goodells County Park.

Richard finished with 64 points, behind only Madison Heights Bishop Foley (55). Through the season, the Pioneers took first at all three CHSL Jamborees.

Allen Park Cabrini (120) also competed at the meet and placed fifth, behind Royal Oak Shrine (69, 3rd) and Ann Arbor Greenhills (103, 4th) and ahead of Marine City Cardinal Mooney (152, 6th), Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett (163, 7th), Austin Catholic (204, 8th) and Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes (234, 9th).

For Richard, Alexander Meszaros was second, with a time of 17 minutes and 1.8 seconds, in a race that featured 57 total runners. He was just behind first-place Jonah Cerone (17:00) of Shrine.

Also in the Pioneers’ top five were Peter Laskaris (18:20.3, 11th), John Borowicz (18:28.9, 13th), Steven Bagozzi (18:32.5, 15th) and Parker Heggie (19:03, 23rd).

Cabrini was led by Christopher Russelburg (18:00.8, 9th) and right behind him was teammate Bram Wolf (18:06.4, 10th). Brayden McKay (19:34.4, 28th), Gregory Pomponio (20:30.5, 35th) and Logan Eiden (20:43.9, 38th) rounded out the squad’s top five.

On the girls’ side, Cabrini (74) placed third as a team and had the top runner with Ava Teed (20:16.8), who finished first out of 57 total runners.

Cabrini was behind Clarkston Everest Collegiate (44) and Liggett (55) and finished ahead of Shrine (112), Foley (119), Greenhills (123), Austin (185) and Richard (206). Throughout the season, the Monarchs won the first and third CHSL Jamborees and finished runner up at the second jamboree.

Next for Cabrini on Saturday, after Ave Teed, was Lily Heath (21:25.4, 12th) and she was joined in the Monarchs’ top five by Ania Ghazzawi (22:29.7, 23rd), Ella Nowc (22:30, 24th) and Nicole Teed (22:35.2, 25th). Also in the top half of the field was Angel Ghazzawi (22:42.8, 26th).

Richard’s lead runner was Gillian Draft (23:09, 31st) and she was followed on the squad Lillian Paschke (24:38.7, 42nd), Megan Luclow (26:35.1, 46th), Sarah Wojtylko (29:16.1, 52nd) and Claire Stapleton (32:22.6, 54th).

Next up for both teams will be pre-regionals. The top four teams and top seven individuals (not on qualifying teams) in each pre-regional earn a spot at the regional meet, which will be held the following week.

Cabrini is set to compete at a Division 4 pre-regional at Columbus County Park on Thursday Oct. 22 and Richard will head to Stockbridge two days later for a D3 pre-regional.