Going into the West Bloomfield/Brother Rice Invitational last week, head coach Tim Hoshal confided to his runners that this would be one of the top races of the season.
Last Saturday, Hoshal’s runners proved that they have developed into a solid team as they finished in the top 10 of one of the toughest invitationals of the year.
Grand Ledge scored a team total of 227 points for their ninth place finish. Romeo won the invite with 75 team points while Lake Orion was second with 102 and Ann Arbor Pioneer third with 117 points.
Detroit Catholic Central placed fourth with 164 points and Clarkston’s 178 points closed out the top five teams.
“This is the best we have run at this meet in recent memory,” Hoshal confided. “This was a very challenging course that was more difficult due to the saturated grass and poor footing.”
As in the recent meets, junior Nathan Megge continues to lead the team. He ran a 17:15.04 for a 19th place finish overall.
Junior Mike Buffin also ran extremely well as he placed 32nd with a time of 17:46.01.
Senior Austin Rios capped the top three runners with a time of 17:52.06, good for 37th overall.
“Our top three times were excellent for this early in the season,” Hoshal praised.
Senior Ben Heriford ran another fine race with a time of 18:29.06 and a 62nd place finish.
Senior Tyler Bannhard completed the top five for the Comets in 77th place at 19:01.03.
Sophomore Tony Patino ran 19:10.05 for 86th place and senior Kyle Strange crossed the line at 19:46.05 for 94th place to complete the varsity team’s scoring.
Hoshal was also impressed with his reserve runners efforts as a number of runners continued to cut their personal times down.
“Our reserve runners ran great times compared to Ionia/Potterville last week,” Hoshal added.
Junior Jordan Priest led the reserves with a time of 20:05 with freshman upstart Nathan Goschka closing at 20:43.
Senior Drew Heuermann ran third with a time of 21:18 and another freshman upstart, freshman Nathan Werner was outstanding at 22:39.
Senior Tyler Smith completed the top five with a time of 22:59.
Sophomore Chris Teahan 23:18, senior Zack McCord 23:35, freshman Nat Fellows 23:38 and freshman Zack Kemp 24:50 completed the Comets runners.
“Our times are dropping as expected,” added Hoshal. “The kids are continuing to analyze their splits to see if they’re perhaps going out too fast. If so they are paying the price later in the race.”