Edwardsburg’s Aubrey Ritchey won the Dowagiac Rock-n-Run Thursday. The Eddies finished third as a team. (Leader photo/SCOTT NOVAK)

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Eddies’ Ritchey wins Rock-n-Run

Published 10:04pm Thursday, October 11, 2012

Edwardsburg sophomore Aubrey Ritchey defended her home course with a win at the Dowagiac Rock-n-Run Thursday.

Ritchey finished 11 seconds better than runner-up Katie McLain of Kalamazoo Christian.

Her finished helped the Eddies earn a third place overall finish in the girls race.

St. Joseph won both the girls and boys events. The Bears edged Battle Creek Lakeview for the girls title 42-48.

The Eddies finished with 96 points. Niles ended up eighth with 219 points and host Dowagiac 10th with 270 points.

Ritchey, who ran a time of 19:18, said that her and McLain, along with St. Joseph’s Jessie Armstrong, ran together for a while before Armstrong started drifting back.

McLain took the lead up until the mile and a half mark and then Ritchey made her move.

“I caught her and then I took the lead the rest of the race,” Ritchey said. “I thought I will just stay with them and then take off at the end. But then I was like I’ll just start pulling away now so I don’t have to worry about it later.”

Niles’ top finisher was Bridgett Carpenter, who was 30th in 22:00.

Holly Luth led Dowagiac with a 33rd place finish and a time of 22:05.

Dowagiac’s DeYonte Sullivan carries his shoe during Thursday’s Rock-n-Run. Sullivan is holding onto the shoe that contains the chip for scoring. (Leader photo/SCOTT NOVAK)

The Bears had five of the top 10 finishers in destroying the field in the boys race. St. Joseph finished with a mere 24 points, while runner-up Lakeview had 91 points.

Edwardsburg was ninth (239), Niles 13th (329) and Dowagiac 16th (395).

David Berry of St. Joseph was the overall winner with a fast time of 15:43.

Niles was led by Gaberial Trujillo’s 36th place effort and time of 18:14.

Ben Thompson led the Chieftains with a 50th place finish and a time of 18:36.

 

Rock-n-Run

at Dowagiac Middle School

Boys team scores

St. Joseph 24, Battle Creek Lakeview 91, Lakeshore 109, Kalamazoo Christian 160, Three Rivers 196, Bridgman 208, Eau Claire 221, Kalamazoo Hackett 225, Edwardsbug 239, Berrien Springs 244, New Buffalo 304, Coloma 325, Niles 329, Lawton 335, Lake Michigan Catholic 365, Dowagiac 395, LaLumiere 431

 

Individual winner

David Berry (St. Joseph) 15:43

 

Edwardsburg Top 7

17. Andrew Vankirk 17:28; 35. Michael Higley 18:10; 61. D.J. Bosse 19:13; 62. Ben Peak 19:13; 64. Jordan Bosse 19:21; 77. Brandon Parsons 20:06; 95. Jesse Seiler 21:03

 

Niles Top 7

36. Gaberial Trujillo 18:14; 65. Daniel Sierra 19:27; 66. Charles Leonard 19:29; 75. Sean Morgan 20:01; 88. Nicholas Zimmerman 20:35; 97. Evan Long 21:38; 106. Lane Wells 22:23

 

Dowagiac Top 7

50. Ben Thompson 18:36; 73. Dean Klann 19:55; 84. DeYonte Sullivan 20:31; 86. Sean Thompson 20:34; 102. Jacob Peters 22:06; 110. Tony Kidman 23:05

 

Girls team scores

St. Joseph 42, Battle Creek Lakeview 48, Edwardsburg 96, Kalamazoo Hackett 119, Three Rivers 141, Lakeshore 202, Kalamazoo Christian 207, Niles 219, Lawton 243, Dowagiac 270, Lake Michigan Catholic 276, Berrien Springs 328, Buchanan 340, LaLumiere 401

 

Individual winner

Aubrey Ritchey (Edwardsburg) 19:18

 

Edwardsburg Top 7

1. Aubrey Ritchey 19:18; 10, Kristen Miller 20:47; 25. Gianna Haller 21:44; 28. Brittany Udell 21:56; 32. Katy Thomas 22:04; 41. Isabelle Peak 22:38; 42. Abbie Smith 22:43

 

Niles Top 7

30. Bridgett Carpenter 22:01 31. Meygan Rudlaff 22:03; 34. Abigail Gaines 22:05; 57. Taylor Hess 23:29; 67. Kylee Myer 24:17; 83. Natalie Swailes 25:18; 92. Stephanie Rickards 27:50

 

Dowagiac Top 7

33. Holly Luth 22:05; 46. Cali Rank 22:58; 48. Christina Preston 23:02; 71. Sarah Long 24:40; 72. Paige Schaus 24:44; 73. Katie Murphy 24:46; 79. Jennifer Schaus 25:12

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