Cross country regional
Paul Giordano wasn’t the fastest member of Pontiac’s boys’ cross country team on Saturday. In fact, he finished next-to-last among the Indians at the Class 1A St. Bede Regional meet.
But Giordano might be considered the most valuable runner on the day because it was his final placement tally of 22nd place in the scoring was good enough to lift PTHS to its first regional team championship since 1998. This sends the Tribe to the Oregon Sectional next week.
Pontiac won the regional with 38 points, which was achieved with its top five runners and created a tie with Seneca for the top spot. It required the sixth-place runner’s score to break the tie and that’s where Giordano became important. He finished 12 seconds and eight places ahead of Trevor Till to give the Tribe the win.
Josh Davies led the Indians with a second-place time of 17 minutes, 5 seconds. Ethan Schickel was right behind at 17:11.08 for third place. Also placing in the top 10 was Jack Fogarty with a time of 18:00.2 for ninth overall and eighth in the scoring. Sam Fogarty finished in 18:02.76 for 11th overall and 10th in the scoring. The fifth-place finisher for PTHS was Carson Gregory, who came in 16th (15th for scoring) at 18:23.81.
Giordano had a time of 18:51.1. Weiland Torkelson finished 40th overall (36th for scoring) with a time of 19:35.9.
Also advancing as a team were Fieldcrest, who placed third at 73, Tri-Point was fourth with 153. The top seven teams advanced, along with the top five individuals not attached to an advancing team.
JC Santos of Gardner-South Wilmington had a time of 18:39.5 to also advance to the sectional meet.