GRAND LEDGE – Noah Jacobs has felt a little under the weather over the past week.
That wasn’t enough to keep the Corunna standout from continuing to display why he is one of the nation’s best high school distance runners.
Jacobs added to his strong senior season by finishing as the individual champion at Saturday’s Greater Lansing Cross Country meet at Ledge Meadows Golf Course.
Jacobs had a time of 15:23 while repeating as the race champion and helping Corunna capture the team championship for a second consecutive season.
“I’ve been a little bit sick this week so I was definitely happy with how I ran today,” Jacobs said. “I’m not quite at my best, but our team ran great.”
The Cavaliers had their top seven runners navigate a muddy and wet course to place among the top 32 runners while capturing the team title with a score of 71.
Corunna coach Bryan Heid was pleased with how his team ran while finishing 39 points ahead of runner-up Lansing Catholic for the boys team title. Each of the Cavs’ top seven runners had times under 17 minutes Saturday.
“They really had a better focus today and worked off of each other and ran a little better as a group,” Heid said. “When we do that, we just run better. We have less outside things to distract us, less weight on our shoulders and we’re able to just focus on why do you run and running with our guys. You can see that they ran lighter today. They had a couple of races where they’ve just kind of been bogged down. We ran lighter today. It was neat to watch.”
Jacobs said winning Saturday’s meet was a nice showing for the Cavaliers, who will spend the next few weeks working toward their goal of winning a Division 2 state title.
“It’s really good to have a confidence boosting race like today and to let you know that you can do it, but still keep you in it to let you know that you have more to do and that you can get better,” Jacobs said. “Today is huge in like the process of the season, but it’s not the end result so we have to keep working.”
Led by Paul McKinley’s third-place finish, Okemos took third as a team. Stockbridge and St. Johns rounded out the top-five teams.
Howell’s David Mitter was the race runner-up behind Jacobs, while St. Louis’ Evan Goodell was fourth and Grand Ledge’s Christian Hubaker was fifth.
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GREATER LANSING CHAMPIONSHIPS
1. Noah Jacobs, Corunna – 15:23.0
2. David Mitter, Howell – 15:39.3
3. Paul McKinley, Okemos – 15:40.7
4. Evan Goodell, St. Louis – 15:41.1
5. Christian Hubaker, Grand Ledge – 15:48.0
6. Evan Meyer, East Lansing – 15:52.6
7. Saano Murembya, Okemos – 15:53.0
8. Tyler McCartney, Grand Ledge – 15:59.7
9. Dakota Hundley, Corunna – 16:15.9
10. Alan Baird, Stockbridge – 16:19.7
1. Corunna – 71
2. Lansing Catholic – 110
3. Okemos – 116
4. Stockbridge – 166
5. St. Johns – 215
6. Grand Ledge – 254
7. Howell – 256
8. Pewamo-Westphalia – 262
9. East Lansing – 264
10. Mason – 369