BROOKLYN – Noah Jacobs has accomplished plenty of things during his decorated cross country career at Corunna.
Saturday a few new things were added to his list of accomplishments.
Jacobs finished as the individual champion in Division 2 and helped the Cavaliers capture the team title during the state finals at Michigan International Speedway.
The third-ranked Cavaliers finished seven points ahead of top-ranked Fremont to capture the state title.
“A mile and a half in we were in second place, and they just decided at that point in time that this is now how this race is going to end,” Corunna coach Bryan Heid said. “We ran phenomenal that last mile and a half. Even coming in with 400 meters left to go it was tight. We ran every step hard and these guys were just determined from the get go.”
Corunna had three runners finish in the top 25 led by Jacobs, who captured his first individual cross country title after finishing as the runner-up last fall.
“It’s really special,” said Jacobs, who had a time of 15:28. “It’s cultivation of everything that I’ve worked for throughout my high school career. I came in as a freshman and saw times and went up to my coach and said ‘I really want to win a state championship.’ At first he kind of thought it was a joke and then he looked at me and said ‘OK, let’s do this.’ I’ve been working toward this.”
Ben Jacobs, Noah’s younger brother, was eighth for Corunna, while Dakota Hundley placed 25th. Heid said performances from Kyle Mesh and Ben Jacobs were key for his team upsetting Fremont.
“Kyle Mesh, who has been our sixth runner all year, just said that this is his last ever cross country race and just gave it every last ounce of energy he had,” Heid said. “He came through.”
Noah Jacobs jumped in front of the pack early like he wanted and then navigated the course to complete the season unbeaten in the state.
“The course was a little bit soft and it wasn’t exactly ideal, but I’m proud,” Jacobs said. “I gave everything I had and my team gave everything they had today. That’s all you can really ask for. What I take away from it is it was great last race in my Corunna jersey and I’m proud of how I ended it.”
St. Johns junior Dillan Haviland finished his season strong by placing seventh overall Saturday. He helped the Redwings finish 11th as a team.
In Division 1, Grand Ledge’s Tyler McCartney finished fifth overall in 15:52.6 to earn all-state honors. East Lansing’s Evan Meyer was 23rd and Okemos’ Saano Murembya placed 29th to finish all-state.
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