Pothitakises lead HTC to 2nd at VB XC invite

Denning leads Central Lee squad to 4th place team finish


KEOSAUQUA – HTC’s 2020 State Cross country qualifier Mitchell Pothitakis and cousin Jacob Pothitakis led the Crusaders to a 2nd place finish at the Van Buren Cross Country Invitational Tuesday.

The Crusaders captured runner-up in the A Division behind Mediapolis in the 5K run. Central Lee took 4th in the AA Division behind State Champions Danville/New London.

Jackson Denning had the highest finish for the Hawks at 21st. Grant Anderson finished the course in 30th. Tristan Howell and Ayden Kent came in 34th and 35th.

Zach Manwill, Brenden Mulligan, Weston Fraber, Andrew Underwood and Ethan Porter rounded out the top 56 runners.

In the A Division, Mitchell Pothitakis took fourth place overall with Jacob Pothitakis claiming 6th place for Holy Trinity. Tate Green came in just behind at 8th.

The Crusaders finished with 43 points just six off the pace set by the Bulldogs.

Maddox Rung finished in 11th place racking up 10 points. Sheldon Kruse had a 17th place and Conner Gehling took 26th.

In the junior high meets Zach Estrada and Jovan Rule led the Hawks with 13th and 14th place finishes. Sam Rooney was 16th for the Hawks in the shortened 2000 meter run.

For Holy Trinity, Layne Rung had the best time for HTC finishing in 8th, Tanner Williams was 18th overall, while Caleb Rea and Gavin Peitz rounded out the top 25.

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