BAY CITY — The Carman-Ainsworth cross country team has had its struggles this season and will get a chance to prove itself at Saturday’s regional at Delta College. Also competing are Alpena, Bay City Western, Bay City Central, Davison, Kearsley, Flushing, Grand Blanc, Lapeer, Midland, Midland Dow, Mt. Pleasant, Saginaw Heritage and Swartz Creek.
Bay City Western comes in at No. 11 in the Div. 1 boys’ state rankings and Saginaw Heritage is an honorable mention. Midland Dow is ranked No. 13 in the Div. 1 girls’ rankings.
Numbers were a problem for the Cavaliers early in the season, particularly on the boys’ side. They’ve been able to add runners throughout the season and have continued to improve times throughout the 2016 campaign.
Mikaiah Holbrook leads the girls with a personal record 23:06.3 at the Saginaw Valley League Finals while Mikayla Holbrook’s PR comes in at 23:24.4, also at the SVL Finals. Rayven Brantley, Bailey Curtis and Arianna Vantine also posted their PR at the SVL Finals in 23:59.6, 24:03.7 and 24:56.4, respectively. Grace Pangerl recorded her PR 24:56.8 at the Chesaning Invite.
Joe Chinkeefatt has emerged as the boys’ top runner with a PR of 17:51.2 at the SVL Finals and Wyatt Pangerl added a 19:26.0 finish at the Kayla O’Mara Invitational. Colin Smith and Andrew Stephens each recorded PR’s at the SVL Finals in 21:10.6 and 21:12.8 respectively and Juan Cunningham and Keegan Maguffee had theirs at the SVL Jamboree #2 in 23:04.3 and 24:19.6. – B.P.