Carman-Ainsworth, Swartz Creek compete in cross country meet

Abigail Johnston, Swartz Creek, finished second in the girls’ varsity race on Sept. 11. Photos by Mike McPherson

Abigail Johnston, Swartz Creek, finished second in the girls’ varsity race on Sept. 11. Photos by Mike McPherson

FLINT — The Carman-Ainsworth and Swartz Creek cross country programs competed in a meet with Montrose and Genesee Christian Academy at Carman-Ainsworth High School on Sept. 11.

In the varsity boys’ 3.1-mile race, Montrose earned the top spot with a score of 30, Carman- Ainsworth placed second with 42 and Swartz Creek came in third with 51. Five Carman-Ainsworth runners finished the race and eight runners competed for Swartz Creek.

Montrose junior Seth Coffin won the race with a time of 17:54.59, edging out teammate Chase Hobson (18:13.60) for first place. Carman-Ainsworth sophomore Jack Roy finished third with a time of 18:48.22, and Swartz Creek senior Ryan Melen came in fourth with a time of 19:29.67.

Carman-Ainsworth’s other top 10 performers included Alex Wickham, who finished seventh (20:25.05); Amaree Smith, eighth place (21:07.76); and Caleb Rodgers, ninth place (21:19.85). Swartz Creek senior William Mitchell placed sixth with a time of 20:05.93 and Swartz Creek senior Nick Carlson finished 11th (22:07.06).

Carman-Ainsworth senior Priscilla Bradford-Walker.

Carman-Ainsworth senior Priscilla Bradford-Walker.

In the varsity girls’ 3.1-mile race, Montrose placed first with a score of 15. Carman-Ainsworth and Swartz Creek, which had four runners and three runners competing, respectively, did not report team scores.

Genesee Christian Academy senior Grace Ballmer won the race with a time of 24:35.42. Swartz Creek junior Abigail Johnston finished second (24:49.60), followed by Swartz Creek sophomore Abigail Willyerd, who placed fifth (26:37.44). Priscilla Bradford-Walker was the top Carman-Ainsworth finisher, coming in sixth place (28:24.98).

Swartz Creek’s Natalie Willyerd (seventh place, 28:58.33) and Carman-Ainsworth’s Rachel Allen (eighth place, 31:05.14) also finished in the top 10. — B.G.

Swartz Creek senior Ryan Melen.

Swartz Creek senior Ryan Melen.