Saturday’s Kayla O’Mara Invitational held at Goodrich Middle School could end up being a pretty good preview of the first Metro League Stripes Division jamboree for this Saturday.

 It looks like there could be a Fenton-Linden battle in both the boys and girls race on Saturday. The Fenton varsity boys won the men’s event at Goodrich with 47 points while the Linden boys placed second with 70 points. In the girls’ event, Grand Ledge won with 35 points but was followed by Linden (82) in second and Fenton (82) in third. The tie was broken based on each team’s sixth-place runner.

 Fenton’s boys were the dominant team in the male event, recording their entire top five scorers with-

in the top 19 points. New Lothrop’s Carson Hersch won the 5K race in 16:30.72 but Fenton’s Samuel Cox placed second (17:14.53). Josh Maier (17:38.19) and Michael Crane (17:38.75) placed seventh and eighth, respectively, giving Fenton a strong trio of runners. Aiden Brzezinski placed 11th (17:56.82) and Nathan Katic placed 19th (18:48.72), finishing off the Tigers’ top five scoring runners.

Noah Sage (28th in 19:14.64) and Gavin Thomas (36th in 19:39.40) rounded off Fenton’s top seven runners.

 In the women’s race, Linden and Fenton battled it out for second. Fenton’s Taylor Huntoon was the area’s top finisher placing third in 20:41.36, but Linden had the next two strongest finishes between the teams and had three in the top 14. Melanea Strauss finished eighth (20:48.33), Alexis Mawhinney took ninth (20:52.79) and Alyson Kelly took 14th (21:38.52). Jessica Jablonski (25th in 23:05.71) and Karyn Taylor (26th in 23:12.78) finished off Linden’s top five runners. Fenton countered with Emily Grob in 11th (21:29.97), Nina Frost in 15th (21:41.99), Sophia Resa in 21st (22:32.98) and Allie Michiewicz in 31st (23:32.22). The tie was broken by the sixth-place team finishers with Linden’s Colleen Blackwood finishing 28th (23:19.30) versus Fenton’s Emma Dubie’s 35th-place finish (23:49.91). Linden’s Nicole Palmer placed 30th (23:30.85) while Fenton’s Lauren Gadola placed 39th (24:04.69).

 Linden’s boys had six runners finish within the top 24. The were Kyle Eberhard in sixth (17:37.54), River Meckstroth in ninth (17:40.53), Jacob Monaghan in 14th (18:06.99), Ryan Blackwood in 20th (18:51.02), Hayden Bradfield in 21st (18:52.02) and Casey Choen in 24th (19:05.30). Luke Webster finished off Linden’s top seven runners taking 47th (20:06.19).

 Fenton and Linden will be facing off again with the rest of the Metro League Stripes Division teams at a jamboree at Linden Middle School Saturday.

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