For head coach Tim Hoshal and his 2012 boys cross country team the season just seems to be getting better and better, just as he had predicted in the early season. At MSU’s Forest Acres Golf Course on Sept. 14 the Comets finished 10th out of a field of 37 teams from around the state. Grand Ledge scored a team score of 346 points.
“What a great day to race,” Hoshal said. “We had an opportunity to race against three teams in our conference (Holt, Okemos and Lansing Eastern) and beat all three of them. This bodes well for our upcoming CAAC (Blue) season.”
Bloomfield Hills Lasher won the team title with a score of 219 while Livonia Churchill came in second with 235 and Livonia Stevenson third with 242. Troy scored 276 points and Grand Rapids Forest Hills completed the top five teams with 280 points. (The top five scores shows just how close the Comets are to being a top ten or higher team in the state this fall.
Again last week it was the sensational running of junior first year runner Nathan Megge who finished 13th overall with a excellent time of 16:51.
Junior Mike Buffin also joined the top 20 runners with a time of 16:53, just two seconds behind Megge but dropping him to 18th place. Both runners had exceptional days on the course.
Senior Austin Rios continued his steady pace and typical third place finish with a time of 17:19 and a 46th place finish out of a field of around 250 runners.
Senior Ben Heriford also remained solid in fourth place spot with a time of 17:57, good for 113th place overall.
Tyler Bannhard, also a senior completed the top five runners for the Comets with a 167th place finish, crossing the line at 18:33.
The Comets two other varsity runners, sophomore Tony Patino, closed at 18:36 (173rd) and challenging for a top five spot by just a few key seconds.
Senior Kyle Strange completed the top seven with a time of 18:55 and an overall finish of 193rd.
“We know that we’re in total control of our destiny,” Hoshal added, as the heart of the season has arrived.
The junior varsity runners also did a super job as they continue to take precious seconds off from their final times.
“I believe that all of our runners, both varsity and jayvee runners achieved personal best times for the season thus far,” Hoshal shared. “Two teams from our region, Portage Central (sixth with 283 points) and Portage Northern (seventh place with 285 points) finished ahead of us. We must continually improve in order to get a chance at the state meet as a team.”
Team scores for the junior varsity were not kept but individual times were. Those times included: junior Jordan Priest 19:09, freshman Nathan Goschka 19:40, sophomore Ian Ayers 20:45, senior Drew Heuermann 20:46, senior Zack McCord 21:36, senior Tyler Smith 21:47, sophomore Chris Teahan 22:26, freshman Nathan Werner 22:29, freshman Nat Fellows 22:55, freshman Zack Kemp 23:24 and freshman Jake Thomann 24:37.
“We will race smart,” Hoshal added. In the past Hoshal has stressed to his runners the importance of not going out too fast and failing to finish strong. To date his strategies have been strikingly accurate. The rest remains to be seen as the conference schedule begins.