by Eric Oslund
The Spectrum cross-country team made their way to the Rockford Invitational on Thursday, Sept. 7, to compete in a hilly and taxing 5K course. Nine teams competed in the event, and the Sting boys were able to come away with a second-place finish, and the girls finished seventh.
Zack Anderson continued to lead the way for the boys, finishing in second with a time of 17:24.6, crossing the finish line 3.6 seconds behind the event’s winner and nearly completing his comeback. Ben Harvey was the next Sting boy to cross the finish line, in eighth, with a time of 18:55. He was followed by Nevin Sagstetter in 15th (19:18), Zach Reese in 19th (19:26), and Desmond Orton in 20th (19:27).
For the girls, it was sophomore Martha Bergley leading the way for the Sting, finishing in 16th with a time of 22:36. She was followed by Kristen Borchert in 22nd (23:24), Maria Novotny in 38th (24:21), Makayla Harmer in 41st (24:33), and Phoebe Holmes in 43rd (24:50).
“This was a more challenging course than a week ago,” head coach Rick Peterson said. “We still had quite a few runners set personal best times. Our boys team is off to a pretty strong start considering we also placed first and second overall in the JV race. Our girls team is working hard and has made good progress in the past week.”