Cavs running into tough regional

Carman-Ainsworth’s Cassandra Pelkey approaches the finish line.

Carman-Ainsworth’s Cassandra Pelkey approaches the finish line.

UNIVERSITY CENTER — Carman- Ainsworth runners will need the race of their lives to extend their cross country season beyond this Saturday.

The Cavaliers are entered in a rugged Div. 1 regional meet at Delta College, where only the top three teams and any individual in the top 15 not on those teams will advance to the state finals Nov. 5 at Michigan International Speedway.

With teams like Grand Blanc, Saginaw Heritage, Swartz Creek and Traverse City Central in the 15-team field, Carman has little chance of advancing as a team. Sophomore James Johnson comes in with the Cavs’ fastest individual time of 17:48, but he would have to shave at least a minute off that to be in the running for a state berth.

Also entered for the boys’ team are Aaron Dupree with a best time of 18:02, Tyler Pangerl with an 18:38, Ahmir Dunn with a 20:27, Traveon Majeed with a 20:37, Sam Cardinal with a 24:48 and Sterling Hicks with a 26:32.

Rani Richardson leads the girls’ team with a fast time of 23:43, Cassandra Pelkey comes in with a 27:15, Asha Napier with a 28:16, Devin Willis with a 29:25 and Dhjream Carter with a 35:31.

Other schools in the field include fellow Big Nine Conference members Davison and Flushing, as well as Alpena, host Bay City Western, Bay City Central, Midland, Midland Dow, Brandon, Saginaw Arthur Hill and Traverse City West.

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