But it was Borchers’ teammate, Roxy Glasser, who ran the race of her life, placing 18th overall and earning all-state recognition for the second consecutive year.
Her effort helped Grand Haven place ninth overall with 306 points, seven better than O-K Red Conference for Rockford.
In fact, the Buccaneers were the top O-K Red finisher at the meet.
“It was a tremendous team effort considering we had beaten Grandville just once this season,” coach Scott Przystas said. “With four of our top seven never running in the state finals before, this was an incredible finish.
“Roxy ran the race of her life, in a lifetime (personal best) of 18:26. She ran a smart race and controlled the second mile, then went off and passed several runners in the last half mile.”
Borchers also earned all-state honors, finishing in 28th place with a time of 18:31. It’s her third consecutive all-state season.
Freshman Malea Teerman ran a personal-best time of 19:16 and ranked as the 19th-fastest freshman in the field. Senior Lindy Vallier ran a time of 19:26, going out quickly but struggling to maintain the pace late in the race.
Freshamn Hannah Kenny had a strong showing, running a personal-best time of 19:38.
Mikayla Rowden ran a 20:24, and Mikayla Takas ran a 20:40.
“Each ran their heart out on Saturday,” Przystas said. “I look forward to seeing these two back next year, now that they have experienced the ‘big dance.’
“Beating Rockford, Grandville and Hudsonville was the highlight of the day. It showed a lot of hard work paying off and the girls believing in themselves and their abilities."