Talk about finishing strong.
It was a battle of top-ranked boys’ cross country teams in the Falcons Division of the Allendale Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 3.
Throughout the season, the Saugatuck boys’ cross country team has shown why it is the top-ranked team in Division 4.
Running on the home course of Hudsonville Unity Christian in an OK Green league match-up with Byron Center, Hamilton ran away with the Wednesday, Sept. 16, meet.
The Otsego girls’ cross country team finished runner up to Grand Rapids Christian at the Division 2 state final earlier this month.
Now the Bulldogs have turned the tables.
Qualifying for the state finals is nothing new for the Otsego girls’ cross country team, having done so seven of the past 10 years.
If the Saugatuck boys’ cross country team was going to repeat as Division 4 state champs, then it would have to do it without its top runner, senior Jacob Pettinga.
Another year, another top-10 finish for Saugatuck at the Division 4 girls’ cross country state finals.
That’s all that stood in the way of Jacob Starr and All-State accolades during his sophomore campaign last year.
After missing All-State honors by less than six seconds as a freshman in 2011, Hopkins’ Rachael Weber accomplished the feat as both a sophomore and junior.