Lapeer — Apparently there’s going to be a good ol’ fashioned dual between the Linden Eagles and the Holly Bronchos at the final Metro League meet.
On Wednesday the Linden Eagles proved why they are always among the list of league contenders, winning the second jamboree of the season by a point, against the defending league champion Holly Bronchos.
That means if one of the two teams win the final Metro League Meet on Oct. 17 at Brandon Township Park, that squad leaves with the league title outright.
Fenton, who placed fourth at the first meet, also had some good news, earning third in this meet.
Linden, who had 39 points to Holly’s 40, captured three of the top seven places, including the top two spots. As expected, Sydney Elmer won the race with a time of 19:44.44. However, instead of flat-out dominating from the start, teammate McKayla Guy stuck with Elmer half the race and improved from third to second in between the first two jamborees, recording a personal-best time of 20:02.57. Courtney Davis placed seventh (21:10.39). The rest of Linden’s top seven were Aleighsha Engisch in 12th (22:06.86), Dominique Scripter in 17th (22:21.68), Kailee Corcoran in 21st (22:43.78) and Taylor Ganger in 26th (22:54.74). Each position was important because all of Linden’s top seven beat Holly’s seventh-place runner.
“We were pleasantly surprised by the win,” Linden coach Teresa Wright said. “My No. 3/4 runner has been out (Gretchen Sack) tending to a strain, but we thought maybe there was a slim chance we could pull it off.
“Although today was a big win for our program, Holly is still the returning Metro champs. We were lucky to sneak by them and must continue to work hard so that we are prepared to run at the final jamboree.
The team is extremely thrilled they managed the win.”
Meanwhile, Holly’s performance was still strong, just not as strong as the first jamboree. Charlotte Ruffini placed fourth (20:49.43), while Maggie Schneider (20:55.31) and Shannon Westfall (21:04.44) placed fifth and sixth, respectively. Alex Matvchuk placed ninth (21:40.41), but the next Holly runner didn’t come in until 16th place. That was Abby Brown in 22:15. In the first jamboree Holly had six runners in the top 10.
The Tigers have put themselves in the battle for third. Emily Bemis improved from 21st to 11th (21:53.69), helping the team earn third. She was followed by Elle Cowger, 23rd in 22:45.21; Emily Kinser, 24th in 22:45; Jillian Toaso, 25th in 22:54.02; and Emily Battaglia, 29th in 23:17.85.