Saugatuck senior Jacob Pettinga won the Division 4 boys’ race at the Cougar-Falcon Invitational. Saugatuck freshman Paisley Sipes placed fifth in the Division 4 girls’ race at the Cougar-Falcon Invitational.

Saugatuck boys’ cross country claims another championship

Indian girls, Hamilton teams place in top five
By: 
Jason Wesseldyk

Oh brother.
That’s probably what many of the cross country teams were thinking after running against Saugatuck in the boys’ Division 4 portion of the Cougar-Falcon Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 20.
That’s because Saugatuck’s Pettinga brothers—senior Jacob and sophomore Zach—finished first and third, respectively, to lead the Indians to the championship with 49 points.
Benzie Central was second with 60 points, followed by Pewamo-Westphalia in third with 91 points.
Jacob Pettinga finished with a 16:07.5, while Zach Pettinga ran a season-best 16:30.6. Sophomore teammate Nick Butch joined the pair in the top 10 with a sixth-place showing of 16:47.5.
“I thought the boys ran well, especially the top three,” said Saugatuck coach Rick Bauer, whose team remains atop the Division 4 rankings. “This was a difficult stretch for us as we had three races in eight days and we are still training at a high level.”
Senior Joe Brown was the fourth runner for Saugatuck, placing 14th with a time of 17:25.7.
“Joe had a difficult time in the last mile, but battled through and I was proud of his effort,” Bauer said. “He’s very close to having a big breakthrough.”
Sophomore Orlando Carrion rounded out the scoring for the Indians, coming in 25th at 18:05.4.
 

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