PSL cross country: Flores keeps Western boys on top; Renaissance girls overcome Pershing’s top-three sweep

Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics

Western High senior Juan Flores continued to dominate the Detroit Public School League cross country season by winning his third consecutive race Tuesday, again in a runaway, while Pershing High junior Jaishala Seal kept pace with her third win in a row, finishing ahead of teammates Brittany Hill and Renita Williams for a 1-2-3 Doughgirls’ sweep.

The competition at Belle Isle had a distinctly familiar outcome as Flores, the two-time defending PSL boys’ champion, distanced himself quickly from the pack and continued to stretch his lead before crossing the finish line in a season-best 16:59.

Cass Tech’s Brett Dooley took second (18:02) followed by Western sophomore Yeray Flores, Juan’s younger brother, who placed third (18:29). King’s Kelly Broadus (18:40) and Renaissance’s Lawrence Shepard (19:30) rounded out the top five boys’ finishers.

Western’s 76 points led the boys’ team scoring for the third straight week but this one was close. East English Village was second with 77 and Cass Tech third with 78. Pershing (141) and Westside (163) took fourth and fifth, respectively.

In the girls’ race, Pershing had the top three finishers but Renaissance, led by Shania Shepard in fourth place, had five of the top 15 to take team honors with 51 points. Pershing was second with 59 points followed by Northwestern 68, King 129 and Cass Tech 160.

Seal posted a winning time of 22:13 followed by Hill (22:28), Williams (22:31), Shepard (23:14) and Northwestern’s Taneisha Patton (23:15).

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