Grand Ledge boys cross country coach Tim Hoshal has to be pleased with his seven first year runners. Last week three of his seven runners on the team finished in the top 10 of the team including two who finished three and four at the Portage Invitational held Saturday, Oct. 5.
The Comets finished 12th out of a field of 37 teams from around the state including nine teams from the top 10 in the state.
Grand Ledge finished with a team score of 378, far behind front runner Saline with 177 but miles ahead of 37th place Kalamazoo Central, who finished with a score of 1055.
“Placing in the top third of this race is quite an accomplishment,” Hoshal said.
Again, senior Mike Buffin finished first for the Comets and 16th overall with a time of 16:15.
Junior Jack Twarozynski who missed a large portion of last year with an injury, completed an excellent race with a time of 16:40, good for 26th place out a field of 485 runners.
Then came freshmen Christian Hubaker and Tyler McCartney who ran 17:27 and 17:31 respectively and came in 91st and 99th to land four Comets in the top 100 runners. Another fine accomplishment.
“Jack had an outstanding performance and ran his personal lifetime best and Christian and Tyler continue to contribute to our team’s success,” Hoshal said.
Completing the varsity runners were sophomore Nathan Goschka who ran 17:52 and 146th overall.
Senior Jordan Priest had an fine run with a time of 18:04 and a top third finish at 173rd. Junior Tony Patino ran just behind at 18:04 and a top half finish at 184th.
“One problem with 485 runners is that it makes it difficult for runners to pass on the course and gain places,” Hoshal added. Junior varsity runners also ran well beginning with senior Joby Cosgrove who ran 19:27. Freshman Logan Kroczaleski was close behind at 19:40 and senior Zach Robinson (19:52) and sophomore Nathan Werner (19:55) finished under 20 minutes.
Completing the course were junior Ian Ayers 20:08, sophomores Zack Kemp 21:00, Nat Fellows 22:22, Jake Thomann 23:12, freshmen Jake Setnicky 23:35 and John Townsend 23:53.