Grand Ledge junior Nathan Megge showed just what a versatile athlete he is as he ran his first high school cross country race after playing his two previous years on the football field.
Megge ran a 17:04 to lead all Comet runners as Grand Ledge finished second behind host Rockford at the Rockford Invitational on Aug. 24.
Grand Ledge scored a team total of 45 points, second behind the winning Rams with 17 points and ahead of third place Holland West Ottawa that scored 62. Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central came in fourth with 65 points.
“This was a great beginning to our season,” head coach Tim Hoshal said. “Many of our younger runners ran very well and so did many of our upperclassmen that just came back from camp.”
Megge was fourth among the juniors and senior who were scored separately from the freshmen and sophomores.
Junior Mike Buffin came in ninth among the upperclassmen at 17:51 and senior Ben Heriford was fourteenth at 18:33.
Second year standout and sophomore Jack Twarozynski led all freshmen and sophomore runners with a time of 17:49. Sophomore Tony Patino closed at 19:50 and freshman Nathan Goschka crossed the line at 21:14.31.
Others finishing the race were senior Tyler Bannhard 19:43, senior Kyle Strange 20:05, junior Jordan Priest 21:11, sophomore Ian Ayers 22:07, senior Drew Heuermann 22:51, freshman Nathan Werner 23:14, senior Zack McCord 23:17, senior Tyler Smith 24:23, freshman Nat Fellows 24:35, sophomore Chris Teahan 24:48, freshman Zack Kemp 27:24 and freshman Jake Thomann 29:39.
“Many of the kids who returned from camp ran with weary legs but they all put in solid pre-season times,” Hoshal added.
Hoshal also stated that the kids will learn from the race, both upperclassmen and the younger runners as well.
“They will all look at their splits (time per mile) and learn from them. We’ll also continue to focus on their personal goals and team goals as we continue.”