Perkins' boys and girls cross country teams came home with first place finishes Tuesday at the annual Erie Country Invitational at Osborn Park.
The Pirate boys team had all five runners place in the top 10, combining for a 28-point team score while the girls racked up 38 points as a team, also finishing all five runners in the top 10.
St. Mary Central Catholic's Jenna Hinds won the girls race, finishing the 2-mile run in 12 minutes, 21.04 seconds.
Huron's Madi Mize (12:29.30) took second followed by Edison's Tori Stallkamp (12:39.38), Perkins' Sheylyn Taus (12:51.90), Huron's Sarah Neibler (12:53.71), Edison's Kristin McCarthy (12:55.37) Perkins' Hannah Wilson (12:56.65), Calah Bishop (12:59.77), Jordyn Baker (13:07.30) and rounding out the top 10 was Morgan Klepper (13:14.84).
Edison took second place as a team with 46 points, while Huron was third with 73 points. SMCC (83) was fourth followed by Vermilion (160) and Margaretta (160).
“It was an exciting meet with a lot of tough competition,” Perkins girls coach Tammie Brenton said. “This meet was very different because it was a two-mile meet, so the girls were pretty nervous. We just told them to take a risk, pack in, and stay with who you can stay with. They are always nervous at first, but they all did what they needed to do.”
In the boys meet, Kevin Tomczyk won the 2-mile race in 10:25.87. Perkins' Cody Priebe (10:37.29) and Nick Reyes (10:42.78) took second and third place while Huron's Ryan VanCauwenbergh (10:53.24) was fourth and Perkins' Nick Corso (10:59.22) was fifth.
Huron's Shane Thatcher (11:19.89) came in sixth-place followed by SMCC's Tony Torres (11:25.80), Perkins' Nash Tanner (11:29.25), Edison's Chris Hoffman (11:30.89) and Perkins' Owen Krewson (11:32.23).
“The guys ran really well today,” said Perkins boys coach Chris Parthemore. “We were pretty happy with it. It's hard to tell PR because we don't run a lot of races like this. Cody Priebe had an outstanding race. We held some guys out just to make sure we are focusing on the end of the season, but we had some younger guys really step up like Owen Krewson and Tanner Nash. There is a lot of competition to get on the varsity and it makes it that much more exciting.”
Huron finished second as a team with 52 points while SMCC (81) was third, Edison (93) was fourth, Vermilion (141) was fifth, Margaretta (150) was sixth and Sandusky (191) was seventh.