The Pioneer boys’ cross country team finished in first place with 88 points at the 49-team Portage Invitational on Saturday.
The Pioneers placed well ahead of second-place Romeo (123). Saline was third (136) and Brighton fourth (219).
Skyline finished a solid seventh with 243 points and Huron ran 16th with 548.
“Our team continued to run in close proximity and that led to the lower score,” said Pioneer Coach Don Sleeman. “Our number one runner, Nick Foster, continues to have great races and the spread from our second man to our fifth man was only 24 seconds.”
Foster, the talented junior, took second overall in 15:22, just a step behind defending state champion Cole Johnson of Rockford who broke the tape at 15:21.
The Pioneers had three other runners place in the top 25: Aldo Pando-Girard (14th, 16:18); Ethan Mielock (22nd, 16:33); and John Florence (23rd, 16:34). Michael Shkolnik was 27th (16:42) and Philip Valtadoros was 32nd (16:45) to round out the scoring for the Pioneers.
Senior Anthony Giannobile led Skyline with a 21st place finish in 16:32. Jesse Edelstein was 28th (16:42), Justin Michele was 48th (16:58), Daniel Evans 58th (17:11), and Keegan Oldani was 89th (17:29) for the Eagles.
Junior Jack Santinga was 57th overall in 17:10 for Huron while teammate Bertrand Chu was 100th in 17:37.