Renaissance High’s girls and Cass Tech High’s boys will be looking to repeat as team champions next Tuesday in the 2013 Detroit Public School League cross country championship meet at Belle Isle.
Both teams will be challenged as Pershing’s girls and King’s boys have been solid contenders all season.
In the fifth and final jamboree meet before next week’s championship, Renaissance’s girls totaled 48 points to win for the fourth time. Pershing’s girls, who have won once this season, placed second Tuesday with 65.
Cass Tech’s boys have won three meets this season, but King’s boys won for the second time Tuesday. The Crusaders finished with 43 points ahead of the Technicians’ 63. Cass Tech freshman Cameron Cooper earned his second boys’ victory of the season with a time of 17:25.292.
Renaissance’s girls were led by senior Leah Spivey, who timed 22:03.81 over the 5,000-meter course to finish in first place for the second week in a row.
Spivey had never won a cross country race before breaking through last week. She now looks like a serious contender for the girls’ individual title along with a pair of sophomores – Pershing’s Brittany Hill (22:19.21) and East English Village’s Latona Turner (23:12.52), who finished second and third Tuesday. Turner won the season’s first race and Hill won the next two weeks before Spivey’s two-race winning streak.
Cooper’s main competition for the boys’ title is expected to come from Western’s Juan Flores, the defending boys’ champion. Flores has won three of the five races this season but didn’t compete Tuesday. King’s Kelly Broadus (17:41.603) placed second Tuesday and is expected to wage a challenge for the crown.