Just a couple of spots is all it takes and that’s what happened to the Grand Ledge boys cross country team on Sept. 18 at Holt as the Rams defeated the Comets, 24-33. In turn, Grand Ledge defeated Lansing Eastern 17-46. Then last Tuesday at Fitzgerald Park, the Comets ran past the Jackson Vikings, 18-41.
“The loss to Holt was a tough one,” head coach Tim Hoshal stated. “We matched up the whole race but they just put some runners in front of us.”
Against Holt and the Quakers, junior Nathan Megge ran first for the Comets and second overall with a time of 18:01.09.
Junior Mike Buffin came in second and fourth overall with a with a time of 18:04.
Senior Austin Rios finished in the top 10 with a sixth place overall crossing and third for the Comets at 18:40.04.
Senior Tyler Bannhard crossed the line in 11th place and fourth for the Comets at 19:23.02 and sophomore Tony Patino completed the top five with a 12th place finish with a time of 19:24.08.
Rounding out the top seven runners for Grand Ledge was senior Ben Heriford with a time of 19:29.07 and 13th place and senior Kyle Strange at 19:35.08 and 14th overall.
Other finishers in order were: junior Jordan Priest 20:31, freshman Nathan Goschka 20:53, senior Drew Heuermann 21:38, sophomore Ian Ayers 22:14, senior Jack McCord 22:19, senior Tyler Smith 23:32, sophomore Chris Teahan 23:39, freshman Nathan Werner 23:39, freshman Jack Kemp 25:22 and freshman Jake Thomann 24:06.
At Fitzgerald Park, it was Megge winning the race at 16:59 and Buffin second at 17:08.
Rios came in fourth at 17:44, Heriford fifth at 18:07 and Bannhard sixth at 18:39.
The race at Fitzgerald was the final home race for seven seniors.
“The loss with Holt stings because it puts a damper on our team goal to be conference champions,” Hoshal said. “We can still be outright champs or co-champs if we go undefeated the rest of the way. We’ll learn from our experience and refocus on each race.”
The win over Jackson was a step in the right direction.