Saugatuck’s Paisley Sipes (251) and Rudy Joon (249) finished second and fourth, respectively, to lead the Indians to a regional title.

Indian girls claim sixth regional title in seven years

Jason Wesseldyk

After seeing their string of five straight regional championships snapped last year, members of the Saugatuck girls’ cross country team were on a mission to start a new streak in Allendale on Saturday, Oct. 25.
Mission accomplished.
The Indians placed four runners in the top 10 and seven in the top 16 to cruise to the regional title with 31 points.
Muskegon Western Michi-gan Christian was second with 69 points, followed by North Muskegon with 82 points.
According to Saugatuck coach Angelina Bauer, running on a familiar course was a benefit.
“We’ve had a nice history on this course, so we were excited coming in,” Bauer said. “The weather was perfect and the course ran great.”
As she has all season, freshman Paisley Sipes led the way for the Indians with a second-place showing of 19:02, marking a new personal record. Sipes led for much of the race before being passed by North Muskegon senior Avery Lowe, who ran an 18:52.
“She hasn’t really had bad days this season,” Bauer said of Sipes. “She’s been consistent for us. She’s had days where she’s not happy, but at least she’s consistent.”

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