The FHS girls cross country team battled the over 90 degree temperature and tough competition at the Jackson Invitational on Saturday, September 23. The girls placed 8th against some very tough Division 2 components.The day was highlighted by two Gladiators finishing in the top 30 to earn a medal. The first medalist was senior Ollie Updike placing 12th overall with a time of 20:34 and earning the second was sophomore Franny Updike placing 26th with a time of 21:16. Freshman Jenna Rigotti crossed the line third for the Lady Glads in 37th with a time 21:54. Freshman Lillian Copeland (54th place; 23:23) and Sara Spalding (61st place; 24:01) rounded out the team score of 179 points. Freshman Emily Hutmacher came in on the heels of Spalding in 64th place with a time of 24:07. Senior Josefine Lindberg finished the race in 68th place with a time 25:48 to complete the varsity squad.
The next competition for the girls will be at the Stockbridge Invitational on Saturday, September 30. The varsity girls run at 9:00am and the Junior Varsity girls at 10:05am.
The Fowlerville girls cross country team competed in the first of three CAAC White Jamborees on Tuesday, September 19. The girls placed second behind Lansing Catholic (21 points) with a score of 64 points. The Gladiators placed all five scorer in the top 21 and were led by senior captain Ollie Updike placing 6th with a time of 20:24. Sophomore Franny Updike placed 9th with a time of 21:31 and freshman Jenna Rigotti placed 12th with a time of 22:12. Freshmen Sara Spalding ran a strong race placing 20th with a time of 23:05. Also running a strong race was freshman Lillian Copeland completing the rough terrain with a new personal record time of 23:09.
Other notable runners were Abigail Davis and her strong finish shaving 20 seconds off her previous season best time finishing the course in 29:01. Courtney Rife continues to improve this season with a new season’s best time of 27:44. Also earning a personal record on the tough terrain was Ramsey Lukasik (26:51) and Mallory Heath (39:33.)
Complete results can be found at: https://www.athletic.net
The varsity team will compete next at the Jackson Invitational on Saturday, September 23. Girls compete at 11:20 and Boy at 12:00.