Oh so close. Grand Ledge came within three points of upsetting highly ranked Division II powerhouse Ionia. Ionia captured first and second place to hold on for the win, 26-29, against the still young and upstart Comets at Ionia’s Water Tower Park on Aug. 30.
“We knew this was going to be a tough course ahead of time,” Comets head coach Tim Hostal said. “We ran very well against a very good program on their home course. We gave them all they could handle to get the win against us.”
Junior Nathan Megge again displayed his versatile athletic ability as he finished third overall and first for the Comets with a time of 17:53.
Junior Mike Buffin was fourth overall at 18:02 and returning star sophomore Jack Twarozynski was fifth overall at 18:09.
The three, four, five finish was as superb finish for the team as well as those who followed.
Senior Ben Heriford came in eighth overall and fourth for Grand Ledge at 18:42 and senior Austin Rios also finished in the top ten with a ninth place finish at 18:49.
“Our veteran runners continue to run consistently,” Hoshal added. “Ionia is never an easy race. They are and have been one of the top Division II programs year after year in the state.”
Also running for the Comets were senior Kyle Strange 20:14, sophomore Tony Patino 20:24, senior Tyler Bannhard 20:46, junior Jordan Priest 21:15, junior Nathan Goschka 22:19, sophomore Ian Ayers 23:07, senior Zack McCord 25:07, freshman Nat Fellows 27:03, sophomore Chris Teahan 27:07, freshman Nathan Werner 28:08, freshman Zack Kemp 30:31 and freshman Jake Thomann 30:50.
“We have the Bloomfield/Birmingham Brother Rice Invite at Kensington Park coming up. The course has some challenging hills. We’ll be able to test ourselves against some of the better programs in the State in Division I,” Hoshal added.