St. Louis' Raquel Serna takes second in Division 3 girls' cross country state meet

St. Louis' Raquel Serna takes second in Division 3 girls' cross country state meet

Provided by Sean Lutz | The Saginaw News

BROOKLYN — St. Louis junior Raquel Serna finished second as an individual Saturday with a time of 18:23.1, which was 25 seconds behind winner Kelly Schubert of Manistee. Shepherd sophomore Kaylie Rhynard placed fifth, finishing as the top sophomore in the race at 18:33.4.

Valley Lutheran junior Bethany Rogers also capped off a strong campaign on the cross country course, earning all-state honors with her 23rd place finish. She crossed the line with a time of 19:18.0 one week after winning a regional title. Fellow Valley Lutheran junior Kenzie Allen finished in 128th with a time of 20:52.8.

To go along with Rhynard’s all-state finish, freshman Taylor Thrush (19:32.2) finished one spot off all-state status at 31st for Shepherd. Her person best time was the sixth fastest in Shepherd history. Senior Jordan Wentworth also had a personal best race (20:39.2) and finished in 106th.

Clare’s Emily Crowley also earned all-state status with a 27th-place finish. The Pioneers finished ninth as a team.

Freeland junior Morgan Scott finished with a time of 21:37.0 to lead the Falcons, which finished in 25th as a team. Cierra Tate (21:39.5), Nikkia Lopshire (21:51.5), Rachel Noack (22:37.0) and Andrea Finkbeiner (24:14.9) were top finishers for Freeland.

Hemlock finished just behind the Falcons in 26th. Hannah Massa crossed in 22:03.5 to lead Hemlock, while Lauren Schonfeld (22:22.9), Katelyn Tessin (22:46.5), Tamara Mitchell (22:52.9) and Anna Beck (23:08.1) rounded out the top five for the Huskies.

Nouvel Catholic Central sophomore Breanna Pawelkowski crossed with a time of 22:06.4 and Frankenmuth sophomore Carly Hammond finished in 125th with a time of 20:50.8. Reese freshman Jaydn Fuerst crossed in 61st with a time of 20:06.6.

Led by four freshman, Caro finished in 11th as a squad. Freshmen Casey Hadaway (35th), Monica Ellicott (37th) and Sarah Brown (79th) were top finishers for the Tigers. Senior Erika Roe (114th) and freshman Andrea Messing (126th) rounded out the top five for Caro.