Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics
For the fifth time in as many Detroit Public School League cross country meets this season, Western International High senior Juan Flores and Pershing High junior Jaishala Seal won the boys’ and girls’ 5,000-meter races Tuesday at Belle Isle.
Both runners will enter next Wednesday’s 4:30 p.m. PSL championship meet expected to complete a clean sweep for individual honors.
Flores, the two-time defending PSL boys’ champion, timed 17:38, 41 seconds off his season-best time of 16:57, but that still was fast enough for him to win going away in his customary fashion.
Cass Tech’s Brett Dooley (18:13) was second followed by Western sophomore Yearay Flores (18:22) third, King’s Kelly Broadus (18:38) fourth and East English Village’s Lamar Neeley (19:35) fifth.
Seal, competing in her first season of PSL cross country, continued her winning streak with a time of 22:17. DCP-Northwestern’s Taneisha Pattton (22:28) was second, Pershing’s Renita Williams (22:32) was third and Renaissance’s Clairissa Barksdale (23:08) and Shania Shepard (23:20) placed fourth and fifth, respectively.
Cass Tech’s boys had 46 points to finish ahead of Western’s 52 points in the team scoring. East English Village had 114 for third followed by Pershing 131 and Ford 216. Renaissance led the girls with 39 points followed by DCP-Northwestern 74, Pershing 75, King 114 and Western 142.
The PSL boys’ and girls’ team and individual champions will be determined Wednesday (Oct. 15) at Belle Isle to culminate the 2014 league season. The top teams from the East and West divisions will also be crowned at that time.