Birmingham Seaholm took a weekend off from in-state competition and traveled to Ohio Saturday to compete at the Centerville Stampede Invitational meet.
The Maples, ranked No. 2 in Michigan in Division 1, put five runners among the top 10 finishers to easily win the meet title with 34 points. St. Vincent-St. Mary of Ohio was second with 83 and Grosse Pointe South of Michigan was third, also with 83 points, yielding the sixth-person tiebreaker to St. Vincent-St. Mary.
It was the first time the Maples traveled out of state to compete in a meet and Seaholm made the best of its excursion, which consisted of a 4 1/2-hour trip in rainy weather to the city located south of Dayton.
“It rained hard the whole way down there and through the evening,” said Seaholm coach Jeff Devantier, who anticipated crummy conditions for race day. “The course was wet, but nowhere near as bad as I anticipated.”
The girls, though, were primed for the challenge.
Seaholm’s Audrey Belf maintained her unbeated streak with a time of 17:53.9 over the damp 5K course. Belf was the only runner to break 18 minutes. Teammate Marissa Dobry was second in 18:25, and Rachel DaDamio, who clocked 18:54 for sixth, Danielle Bentzley (seventh) and Patty Girardot (18th) rounded out the scoring five for the Maples, who won their second invitational of the season.
“I as extremely happy with the way the girls handled themselves at Centerville,” Devantier said. “It’s not easy to come into a new area, motel it ... and still compete at a high level. I was very pleased with how they responded to the pressure.”
Julia Demko (25th) and Delaney O’Brien (30th) completed the top seven finishers for Seaholm, whose next encounter is Tuesday’s OAA Red Jamboree No. 2 at Stony Creek Metropark. Seaholm won the last week’s jamboree comfortably.