Megan Aalberts led Otsego to a win at the Allegan Tiger Shark Invitational.

Otsego cross country teams win at Allegan

Jason Wesseldyk

Scoring for the Allegan Tiger Shark Cross Country Invitational was a bit different from the norm.
The race has two varsity races per gender, with race one featuring each school’s top three runners and race two featuring each schools fourth-through-seventh runners. Three runners from each school are scored, with the cumulative score of the two races determining the overall winner.
The 22 participating schools were also broken into two divisions—the Tiger Division (big schools) and the Shark Division (small schools)—although they all ran at the same time.
Confused yet?
The bottom line is Otsego swept the titles in the Shark Division. The Bulldog girls amassed 14 points to outpace runner-up Hamilton by 17 points and the Bulldog boys finished with 16 points to upend second-place Covenant Christian by 10 points.
The Allegan girls were fourth in the Shark Division with 71 points and Fennville was sixth. The Plainwell girls were fourth in the Tiger Division with 84 points, finishing behind Middleville (16), Zeeland East (62) and West Ottawa (69).
On the boys’ side, Hamilton was third in the Shark Division with 51 points, while Allegan was fourth with 75 points and Fennville was eighth. Plainwell’s boys were 10th in the Tiger Division with 174 points.
Otsego girls finished first, third and fourth in race one, and first, second and third in race two.
“I was very happy with the way all of the girls raced,” Otsego coach Steve Long said. “They’re all racing with a lot of intensity and focus. I literally couldn’t ask for anything more from them.”
Megan Aalberts paced Otsego in race one, finishing first with a 19:21. Hamilton’s Erika Freyhof was second at 19:46, followed by Bulldog teammates Gracie VerHage at third (20:29) and Sophia Hirzel at fourth (20:43).
Hamilton’s Audrey Freyhof (21:04) and Jessica Shaffer (21:12) finished fifth and sixth, respectively.
Mary Mendoza was Fennville’s top finisher at 21:24 (eighth), while Allegan’s Helen Hunley was 10th at 23:03.
In race two, the Otsego quartet of Erica Drobny (20:41), Maddie Marciniak (20:47), Madison Secord (21:12) and Taryn VerHage (21:40) took the top four spots in that order.

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