Tecumseh boys and girls both place first at County Preview Cross Country Meet
The streak continues for Tecumseh’s varsity girl’s cross-country team, the defending County Preview Cross Country Race winners, while the Indians’ boys matched efforts this season and also placed first in the county preview at Tecumseh High School on Saturday, Aug. 23.
This is Tecumseh coach Jill Stockford’s fourth season with the Indians and each and every year her girls have placed first in the county preview. This year turned into a nail-biter with the Indians winning on a tiebreaker against Adrian by using the sixth finishing runners’ times from both teams.
Tecumseh runner Christina Sawyer competed in her first ever cross country meet for the Indians and easily won the 9/10 division with the best time of the day.
“She had been home schooled, she’s coming to the public schools this year,” said Stockford. “But she’s been a long-time runner doing it on her own. So, she has a lot of mileage behind her, she’s run a half marathon already.”
According to Stockford, Sawyer’s time of 20:29 is the best that has been recorded by any female runner at the County Preview in the past eight years.
Both Tecumseh and Adrian scored 36 points but Elyssa Hedrick’s time of 25:43 bested the Maples and gave the Indians the overall victory.
Britton-Deerfield finished third with 46 points and was followed by Blissfield (4th, 59), Sand Creek (5th, 67), Onsted (6th, 81), Hudson (7th, 82), Addison (8th, 91), Clinton (9th, 176) and Morenci (10th, 178). LCS and Madison did not field a full team.
“I’m so proud of how hard these girls fought for this win today and to keep the streak alive,” said Stockford. “Coach [Eddy] Foley and I promised them that if they put the training in like we asked over the summer, then great things would happen. It was all that much sweeter to have the boys win the title along with the girls today.”
Tecumseh’s top five female runners were: Sawyer (1st, 9/10 division, 20:29), Kristina Ziemer (3rd, 9/10, 22:49), Jessica Tebbetts (7th 11/12 division: 23:56), Kelsey Hammer (10th, 11/12, 24:38) and Emily Alderman (19th, 9/10 race, 25:40).
Ziemer cut more than two minutes off her time from last year’s county meet.
Hedrick also showed that she's ready for the season, cutting 1:43 from her finish in last year’s county meet.
Tecumseh’s boys placed first with a score of 26, just two points in front of Madison.
“I was very happy with the way the boys ran today,” said Tecumseh coach Eddy Foley. “They have really been working hard all summer, and it was nice to see it pay off on the course today.
“Coach Stockford and I have increased the mileage this year and we are seeing early returns,” he added. “Winning the County Preview was something I have not been able to accomplish as of yet, so to bring home the ‘big trophy’ this time and watching the girls do the same was nice.”
Adrian placed well below expectations, finishing sixth behind Sand Creek (3rd, 61, on tie breaker), Hudson (4th, 61), and Onsted (5th, 82).
“Unfortunately, this victory was a little shallow, as Adrian was missing their top two boys, both of which were capable of winning their respective races,” said Foley. “I feel for Ryan Bills and the Adrian team, as I was without my number one runner for a good portion of the last two years. I know how frustrating this can be. That being said, my boys ran against everyone there and were able to come out on top. This is a good first step to the season and I look forward to building off of it this Thursday in Adrian for their invitational.”
The other competing teams were Britton Deerfield (7th, 96 points), Blissfield (8th, 105), Addison (9th, 154), Clinton (10th, 177), LCS (no team score) and Morenci (no team score).
Tecumseh’s top five finishers were Jack Lacasse (3rd, 9/10, 18:46) Andrew Waite (3rd, 11/12, 18:59) Jeff Case (4th, 11/12, 18:59) Jarred Waite (6th, 11/12, 19:12) and Collin Thompson (11th, 11/12, 19:53).