Mid-Michigan high school boys cross country preview

Mid-Michigan high school boys cross country preview

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Mid-Michigan high school boys cross country preview

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NOTE: The LSJ high school girls cross country previews are scheduled to appear in Friday’s newspaper.

CAAC BLUE

Coaches’ predictions: 1. Okemos, 2. Holt, 3. Grand Ledge, 4. East Lansing, 5. Jackson, 6. Eastern, 7. Everett

Top runners: Dietrich Hittner (EL), Grant Colligan (Holt), Mike Buffin (GL), Daniel Kroth (O), David McKinley (O)

EAST LANSING

Last year: 1st

Coach: Pat Murray (23rd season)

Top returning runners: Dietrich Hittner (sr.-16:05), Jacob Stanton (so.-17:49), Jake Pruitt (jr.), John Adelman (jr.)

Top newcomers: Lawrence Davis (jr.), Jason Samet (jr.), Fritz Hittner (fr.), Nathan Meyer (fr.)

Outlook: The Trojans graduated five of their top seven runners, but return league champion, state qualifier and Division 1 all-area selection Dietrich Hittner as well honorable mention all-leaguer Stanton. They added Meyer and Fritz Hittner, who finished second and 17th in the Greater Lansing Junior Cross Country Championships last fall as eighth graders.

EASTERN

Last year: 6th

Coach: Kittie Lynch (1st season with boys)

Top returning runners: Nick Kilpatrick (sr.), Amari Roper (sr.), Brian King (sr.)

Other contributors: Alejandro Salais (fr.), Josh Cole (so.), Tom Hundt (so.), Austin Muylle (fr.)

Outlook: Lynch, who has been coaching the Quaker girls the past four years, adds the boys team to her duties this fall. Lansing Eastern is now a fully-funded athletic program again. The team had to raise funds the past couple of seasons to keep its program going. The Quakers’ roster includes Salais, who finished 12th in the Greater Lansing Junior meet last fall as an eighth grader.

EVERETT

Last year: 7th

Coach: Candace Dill (2nd season)

Top returning runners: Davyon Rose (jr.), Connor Fay (sr.), Mason Croley (sr.), Shaun Rosenburg (sr.)

Other contributors: Christian Garza (so.), Christopher Tidwell (jr.), An Nguyen (jr.)

Outlook: Dill says the Vikings are motivated and “determined to make Everett proud.”

GRAND LEDGE

Last year: 4th

Coach: Tim Hoshal (18th season)

Top returning runners: Michael Buffin (sr.-16:24), Jack Twarozynski (jr.-17:49), Tony Patino (jr.-17:59), Jordan Priest (sr.), Nathan Goschka (so.)

Top newcomers: Tyler McCartney (fr.), Christian Hubaker (fr.)

Outlook: The Comets graduated four of their top seven runners from the team that finished 21st at the Division 1 state finals, and also lost all-state and LSJ Dream Team selection Nathan Megge back to the Grand Ledge football team. Division 1 all-area and all-leaguer Buffin leads those who return. The eight newcomers – who replace eight seniors – include McCartney and Hubaker, who both finished 20th and 23rd in the Greater Lansing Junior meet as eighth graders last fall.

HOLT

Last year: 2nd

Coach: Dave Foy (27th season)

Top returning runners: Grant Colligan (sr.-16:11), Zach Hulliberger (sr.-17:21), Mark Danks (jr.-17:29)

Other contributors: Kyle Harkema (sr.), Alberto Gomez (jr.), Justin Buck (so.), Dave Hefty (so.), Nathan Wehrle (so.), Sean Gibbons (fr.)

Outlook: The Rams return three of their top four runners in Division 1 all-area and state meet qualifier Colligan, second team all-leaguer Hulliberger, and all-league honorable mention runner Danks. Holt should challenge for the title in the CAAC Blue, which has switched from dual meets to jamborees this fall.

OKEMOS

Last year: 3rd

Coach: Brian Harrod (2nd season)

Top returning runners: Daniel Kroth (sr.-16:23), David McKinley (sr.-16:46), Kael Fineout (jr.-17:23), Daniel Bartkowski (sr.-17:32), Kyle White (sr.-17:57), Dylan Gray (jr.), Sam Wakeman (so.), Sahil Dagli (jr.), Blake McDougal (sr.)

Other contributors: Elliott Kadrofske (so.), Danny Baker (so.), Andrew Armada (sr.), David Gorman (jr.)

Outlook: The Chiefs were picked to win the league by the coaches because they return five of their top seven runners. Okemos will be led by Division 1 all-area senior Kroth along with second team all-league seniors McKinley and Bartkowski. Junior Fineout was an all-league honorable mention.

SEXTON

Last year: no team

Coach: Claude Hogan

Other contributor: Dustin Delong (so.)

Outlook: Hogan is a Sexton graduate who wants his runners to “get the best out of themselves to show that Sexton is not just sprinters anymore.”

CAAC RED

Coaches’ predictions: 1. Ionia, 2. St. Johns, 3. Haslett, 4. DeWitt, 5. Owosso, 6. Fowlerville

Top runners: Cody Cook (SJ), Drew Hyatt (SJ), Alex McCormick (H), Luke Corder (H), Dakota Brasseur (O), Dillon Braun (I), Peter Pelon (I), Jorge Cardenas (I)

DEWITT

Last year: 5th

Coach: Brian Byars (13th season)

Top returning runners: Mitch Kolito (jr.-17:01), Aaron Scheffler (sr.-17:54), Jacob Lentz (sr.-17:59), Kyle Evans (so.), Balion Powell (so.), Chuckie Billingsly (sr.

Top newcomers: Patrick D’Haene (fr.), Isaac Evans (fr.)

Outlook: The Panthers return second team all-leaguer Kolito and two others who broke 18 minutes last fall. Byars says they are “a great group of guys who love to work hard and should show great improvement from last year.”


FOWLERVILLE

Last year: 6th

Coach: Aaron Rickens (3rd season)

Top returning runners: Tyler Burkhardt (jr.-17:40), Jacob Hubert (sr.), Jacob Dix (sr.)

Outlook: The Gladiators are looking to qualify for state finals as a team for the first time in 10 years. To do so, they (and other schools) must finish among the top three teams at their regional meet or finish fourth and have four runners place among the top 20 on Oct. 26.

HASLETT

Last year: 2nd

Coach: Mike Homan (1st season)

Top returning runners: Alex McCormick (sr.-16:19), Luke Corder (sr.-16:22),

Other contributors: Anthony Sciarini (jr.), Nick Garnett (jr.), Martti Weaver (jr.), Festum Habtemariam (so.)

Outlook: The Vikings boast two returning Division 2 all-area runners in McCormick and Corder. New coach Homan is being assisted by former DeWitt star Alec Womboldt, son of the Panthers’ girls cross country coach.

IONIA

Last year: 1st

Coach: Chris Young (37th season)

Top returning runners: Dillon Braun (sr.-16:44), Peter Pelon (jr.-16:53), Jorge Cardenas (sr.-16:55), Marshal Rademacher (jr.-17:03), Jordan Zamarron (jr.-17:31), Tim Mayer (jr.-17:56)

Other contributors: Kyle Card (fr.), Cameron Malich (fr.), Chris Carpentier (fr.)

Outlook: The Bulldogs bring back a pair of second team all-leaguers in Braun and Cardenas as well as a trio of juniors who made all-league honorable mention in Pelon, Rademacher and Zamarron. The Bulldogs graduated their top two runners, but return perhaps the most depth of any team in the area. That may help them improve on a 10th-place finish at the Division 2 state finals and a runner-up finish (by one point) to Mason in the Greater Lansing Cross Country Championships. The Greater Lansing meet on Oct. 12 at Ledge Meadows Golf Course features more than 40 teams from the mid-Michigan area.

OWOSSO

Last year: 4th

Coach: Chris Bird (7th season) and Brandon Johnson (5th season)

Top returning runners: Dakota Brasseur (sr.-16:46), Thomas Horak (jr.), Ryan Comrie (jr.), Ryan Weaver (sr.), Alec Czarnopys (jr.), Eric Willis (so.), Cody Schott (jr.)

Outlook: The Trojans return only second team all-leaguer Brasseur and Weaver from the team that finished 19th in the Division 2 state finals.

ST. JOHNS

Last year: 3rd

Coach: Bob Sackrider (19th season)

Top returning runners: Codey Cook (jr.-15:53), Drew Hyatt (sr.-15:59), Ryan Kramer (so.-17:23), Josiah Quinn (so.-17:34), Duncan Wright (jr.), Nick Huard (sr.), Wolfgang Stark (jr.)

Other contributor: Sam Parsons (so.)

Outlook: The Redwings return five of their top seven runners from the team that finished 15th in the Division 2 state finals. Those back for St. Johns include Division 2 all-area harriers Cook and Hyatt and all-league honorable mention runner Kramer. Cook made all-state by taking 21st in Division 2. So St. Johns may field its best team since the 2008 squad that won the Greater Lansing meet.

CAAC GOLD

Coaches’ predictions: 1. Jackson Lumen Christi, 2. Eaton Rapids, 3. Mason, 4. Charlotte, 5. Waverly, 6. Parma Jackson County Western, 7. Jackson Northwest

Top runners: Mason VanDyke (M), Jake Spencer (ER), Shea MacKenzie (ER), Miles Garn (C), Greg Ingle (M)

CHARLOTTE

Last year: 5th

Coach: Jay Gowell (6th season) and Lindsey Blair

Top returning runners: Miles Garn (jr.-16:55), Bruce Baker (sr.-17:05),

Other contributors: Michael Florian (sr.), Ethan Thuma (jr.), Justin Holmer (jr.)

Outlook: The Orioles are led by first team all-league junior Garn and second team all-league senior Baker.

EATON RAPIDS

Last year: 2nd

Coach: Rick Smith (21st season) and Erik Smith (2nd season)

Top returning runners: Jake Spencer (jr.-16:25), Shea MacKenzie (sr.-16:32), Alan Griffith (sr.-17:26), Brody Benward (so.-17:29), Collin Spagnuolo (sr.-17:46), Sean Archey (so.)

Other contributors: Tim Letarte (sr.), Jake Roodvoets (jr.), Blake Roodvoets (fr.)

Outlook: The Greyhounds’ Spencer and MacKenzie earned Division 2 all-area and advanced to the state meet as individuals, while Benward, Griffith and Spagnuolo were all recognized as all-league honorable mention. Eaton Rapids expects to contend for the league title with Mason and Jackson Lumen Christi, and its priority is qualifing for the state meet as a team.

MASON

Last year: 1st

Coach: Charles Miller (8th season)

Top returning runners: Mason VanDyke (sr.-15:33), Greg Ingle (sr.-16:58), Jacob Hanson (sr.), Paul Pioszak (sr.), Chris Thorton (sr.), Jonah Horton (sr.)

Other contributor: Ben Geer (so.)

Outlook: The Bulldogs graduated two LSJ Dream Team selections and lost Preston Tickner to the Mason football team. But they return four runners from the squad that repeated as Greater Lansing meet champions and followed up the 2011 Division 2 state title with a fifth-place finish last fall. The Bulldogs will be led by LSJ Dream Team pick VanDyke, who posted the second-fastest time in the area last season and repeated as an all-stater by finishing fourth at the Division 2 state finals. Also back is second team all-leaguer Ingle as Mason tries to repeat as league champs and qualify for state as a team again.

WAVERLY

Last year: 5th

Coach: Robert Lurie (19th season)

Top returning runners: Greg Johnson (sr.-17:13), McKee Hibbs (jr.), Jordan Potter (jr.)

Other contributors: Sean Fisher (so.), Taylor Coe (jr.), Daniel Wagner (so.), Josh Anderson (fr.)

Outlook: The Warriors’ Johnson made second team all-league. He and Hibbs put in “big miles this summer,” according to Lurie.

CAAC WHITE

Coaches’ predictions: 1. Lansing Catholic, 2. Stockbridge, 3. Corunna, 4. Williamston, 5. Lakewood, 6. Portland

Top runners: Keenan Rebera (LC), Blake Watson (C), Jacob Trowbridge (C), Nathaniel Baird (S), Alexander Krantz (W), Ben Thoenes (W)

CORUNNA

Last year: 3rd

Coach: Bryan Heid (8th season)

Top returning runners: Blake Watson (so.-16:25), Jacob Trowbridge (so.-16:47), Dylan Wibert (jr.-17:28), Scottie Feldpausch (jr.), Duncan Gillett (so.)

Other contributors: Kyle Mesh (fr.), Noah Jacobs (fr.), Eric Frolka (sr.)

Outlook: The Cavaliers are paced by the sophomore duo of first team all-leaguers and individual state meet qualifiers Watson and Trowbridge as well as second team all-league selection Wibert. Jacobs and Mesh, who finished sixth and 18th in the Greater Lansing Junior meet last fall as eighth graders, should also help Corunna toward its goal of a first CAAC White title.

LAKEWOOD

Last year: 5th

Coach: Jim Hassett (17th season)

Top returning runners: Daniel Sauers (sr.), Travis Wilkerson (sr.), Travis McDiarmid (so.), Treston McGarry (so.)

Other contributors: Tyler Carpenter (sr.), Andrew Hansen-McClellen (fr.), Tyler Schrock (fr.)

Outlook: Hassett expects the Vikings to be improved. They should be helped by Hansen-McClellan, who finished fifth in the Greater Lansing Junior meet last fall as an eighth grader.

LANSING CATHOLIC

Last year: 1st

Coach: Tim Simpson (14th season)

Top returning runners: Keenan Rebera (jr.-15:35), Nick Sampson (sr.-17:11), Nick Kelsey (sr.-17:18), Teddy Jurkovic (jr.-17:27), Teddy Terzian (jr.-17:31), Bobby Reid (so.-17:39), Max Hayden (sr.-17:40), Jeffrey Lorencen (jr.-17:42)

Other contributors: Ethan Markey (fr.), Evan Gadola (fr.), Evan Jager (so.)

Outlook: The depth-laden Cougars return their top nine runners from the team that repeated as league champions and finished 10th at the Division 3 state finals. The state title contenders are led by LSJ Dream Team selection and all-leaguer Rebera, who made all-state by finishing fifth at the state meet. The team also boasts three second team all-leaguers in Sampson, Kelsey and Jurkovic as well as honorable mention runners Hayden and Lorencen. Additional help may come from Markey, who finished 15th in the Greater Lansing Junior meet last fall as an eighth grader.

PORTLAND

Last year: 6th

Coach: Jessy Thompson (1st season)

Top returning runners: Nathan Pung (jr.), Aaron Rutka (so.), Sean Rutka (jr.)

Other contributors: Eamon Duff (fr.), Tony Savage (jr.)

Outlook: The Raiders have added some new runners in a rebuilding year.

STOCKBRIDGE

Last year: 1st

Coach: Steve Allison (9th season)

Top returning runners: Nathaniel Baird (so.-16:53), Austin Fillmore (jr.-17:11), Kaleb Losey (jr.-17:26), Mitchell Lilley (jr.-17:39)

Other contributor: Jake Chapman (fr.)

Outlook: The Panthers return four runners from the team that tied for the league title and finished ninth at the Division 3 state finals. Stockbridge boasts a trio of runners who earned all-league recognition last season: first teamer Fillmore and honorable mention runners Baird and Losey. Additional help should come from Chapman, who won the Greater Lansing Junior meet last fall as an eighth grader.

WILLIAMSTON

Last year: 3rd

Coach: Kevin Rathbun (5th season)

Top returning runners: Alexander Krantz (sr.-16:29), Ben Thoenes (sr.-16:58), Garrett Smith (so.), Nathan Maurer (so.), Grant Robitaille (so.), Noah Goff (jr.)

Other contributor: John Muir (fr.)

Outlook: The Hornets are led by Division 2 all-area selection Krantz and second team all-leaguer Thoenes. How they fare will be determined by the progress of younger runners.

CMAC

Coaches’ predictions: 1. Pewamo-Westphalia, 2. Saranac, 3. Fowler, 4. Bath, 5, Potterville, 6. Portland St. Patrick, 7. Fulton, 8. Laingsburg, 9. Dansville

Top runners: Tanner Droste (PW), Caleb Baker (PW), Bohdan Hartman (Fulton), Sam Traver (P), Brendan Klynstra (S), Branden Smith (S)

BATH

Last year: 5th

Coach: Brad Abendroth (4th season),

Top returning runners: William Spagnuolo (sr.-17:31), Branley Mufata (jr.), Brad Culter (sr.)

Other contributors: Elliott Carter (so.), Chris Gubry (sr.), Case Trevino (fr.), Cole Trevino (fr.)

Outlook: The Bees will be led by Spagnuolo, who made all-league honorable mention. Bath should be helped by Cole and Case Trevino, who finished eighth and 19th in the Greater Lansing Junior meet last fall as eighth graders.

DANSVILLE

Last year: 7th

Coach: J.D. Pepper (4th season)

Top returning runners: Ben Hedrick (sr.), Ethan Launstein (so.), Ethan Myer (jr.), Casey Murphy (so.)

Top newcomer: Ben Lober (fr.)

Outlook: The Aggies are looking to move up in what is one of the toughest small-school leagues in the state in cross country.

FOWLER

Last year: 3rd

Coach: Sharon Becker (2nd season)

Top returning runners: Brice Thelen (sr.-17:33), Drew Bierstetel (jr.-17:39), Zach Feldpausch (sr.-17:51), Joe Wolfert (sr.-17:52)

Other contributors: Will Schaefer (so.), Owen Fedewa (so.)

Outlook: The Eagles return a pair of all-league honorable mention harriers in Thelen and Bierstetel as they try to qualify for state as a team out of the Carson City-Crystal regional. Their hopes should be improved by the placement of CMAC foes and perennial powers Pewamo-Westphalia and Potterville in the Division 4 regional at Allendale.

FULTON

Last year: 8th

Coach: Janae Yeomans (2nd season)

Top returning runners: Bohdan Hartman (jr.-16:36), Zach Bates (sr.), Tom Browne (jr.), Ryan Womble (jr.), Devon Reichard (jr.), Nick Snider (jr.)

Outlook: The Pirates’ Hartman was a Division 3-4 all-area honoree after earning all-state by taking 27th in Division 4. He also reached all-state by taking 15th as a freshman.

LAINGSBURG

Last year: 9th

Coach: Mal Balow

Top returning runner: Alex Sperry (jr.)

Other contributors: Jordan Ransom (sr.), Jacob Danek (so.), Austin Eggleston (sr.), Dylan Harter (fr.), Logan Stahl (jr.), Alex Starr (sr.), Justin Moiles (jr.), Jacob Rouse (so.)

Outlook: The Wolfpack have filled their roster thanks in part to a number of dual-sport athletes.

PEWAMO-WESTPHALIA

Last year: 1st

Coach: Scott Werner (13th season)

Top returning runners: Tanner Droste (sr.-16:21), Caleb Barker (jr.-17:04), Randy Schafer (sr.-17:12), Zach Schafer (jr.), Tyler Spitzley (sr.)

Other contributors: Bryce Thelen (fr.), Matt Lehman (sr.)

Outlook: The Pirates return Division 3-4 all-area senior Droste, second team all-leaguer Schafer, and honorable mention runner Barker from the team that won its regional and finished third at the Division 4 state finals. How they fare will be determined by how the harriers behind those top three improve and compete.

PORTLAND ST. PATRICK

Last year: 6th

Coach: Dan Lawless (4th season)

Top returning runner: Isaac Brown (so.)

Top newcomers: Nicholas Freeman (fr.), Nathan Freeman (fr.), Graham Smith (fr.), Aaron Pratt (fr.)

Outlook: Lawless says the Shamrocks are “a very young team with a lot of potential.”

POTTERVILLE

Last year: 4th

Coach: Dan Brunk (16th season)

Top returning runners: Sam Traver (jr.-16:32), A.J. Schmiedeknecht (sr.-17:51), Alec Badgley (jr.)

Other contributors: Tyler Vermillion (fr.), Zach Yarger (fr.)

Outlook: The Vikings’ Traver achieved Division 3-4 all-area honors after earning all-state with a 22nd-place finish in Division 4, while Schmiedeknecht made all-league honorable mention. The addition of Yarger, who finished 27th in the Greater Lansing Junior meet last fall as an eighth grader, should also help Potterville.

SARANAC

Last year: 2nd

Coach: Diana and Erric Smith (6th season)

Top returning runners: Brendan Klynstra (jr.-16:53), Branden Smith (so.-17:03), Aaron Sluiter (jr.-17:59)

Other contributor: Greg Shaffer (sr.)

Outlook: The Redskins return a trio of underclassmen who garnered all-league honors: Klynstra (first team), Smith (second team) and Sluiter (honorable mention). They are among the runners who enabled Saranac to finish in 12th place at the Division 3 state finals.

MSAC

CARSON CITY-CRYSTAL

Last year: 3rd

Coach: Grant Woodman (2nd season)

Top returning runners: Tyler Craig (sr.-16:54), Kolton Kavanagh (jr.-17:50), Jeremy Bigford (jr.)

Other contributors: Taylor Benevidez (so.), Cody Finn (jr.)

Outlook: The Eagles return a pair of first team all-league runners in Craig and Kavanagh, and hope to challenge Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart for the league title. Craig qualified for the Division 3 state meet as an individual.

GAC

PERRY

Last year: 4th

Coach: Carl Willits (13th season)

Top returning runners: Ian Nemeth (sr.-17:14), Jordan Depew (jr.), Adam Stackpole (jr.)

Other contributors: Jacob Witeke (jr.), Parker Stuart (so.), Reese Middleton (fr.), James Legacy (fr.)

Outlook: The Ramblers’ Nemeth, who made first team all-league, just had knee surgery. So Willits’ goal for his young team is a top-five finish in the league.

KVA

MAPLE VALLEY

Last year: 4th

Coach: Robb Rosin (10th season)

Top returning runners: Andrew Brighton (jr.-17:51), Kyle Brumm (sr.-17:54), Micah Bromley (sr.), Austin Rood (sr.), Sam Benedict (sr.)

Other contributors: Felix Pena (jr.), Troy Allen (sr.)

Outlook: The Lions hope to compete with Schoolcraft and Kalamazoo Christian for the league title. They are paced by second team all-leaguers Brighton and Brumm. Bromley and Rood made honorable mention all-league last fall.

OLIVET

Last year: 8th

Coach: Mike Spoelstra (16th season)

Top returning runners: Hayden Spoelstra (sr.), Collin Hannahs (so.), Joe MacInness (jr.), Jonah Smith (sr.), Nick Johnson (jr.)

Other contributors: Andrew Wietzke (fr.), Teddy Sobleskey (jr.), Austin Gordon (sr.), Chance Day (jr.), Ian Hines (so.), Peter Orr (so.), Connor Dartt (so.), Ethan Smith (so.), Rich Elmer (fr.)

Outlook: The Eagles are looking to reach their potential, be competitive in the KVA, and have runners qualify for state as individuals.

TVC CENTRAL

ALMA

Last year: 1st

Coach: Dale Devine (21st season)

Top returning runners: Jake Morey (sr.-16:27), Collin Lott (jr.-17:22), Dominic Garcia (sr.-17:44), Hayden Bailey (so.)

Outlook: The Panthers may have Devine’s smallest team since 1997 after heavy graduation losses. Alma will be led by Division 2 all-area, individual state meet qualifier and all-leaguer Morey. Garcia also made second team all-league from his finish in the TVC all divisions meet, which includes schools from the TVC West and East and is held the week after the third and final TVC Central jamboree.

OVID-ELSIE

Last year: 3rd

Coach: Scott Sheedlo (13th season)

Top returning runners: Ty Pardee (jr.-17:15), Gage Cleveland (so.-17:45), Josh Peckens (so.), Dominik Willaford (jr.), Jayson Wakefield (sr.), Dakota Pfeiffer (so.)

Top newcomer: Brian Frantz (fr.)

Outlook: The Marauders’ Pardee qualified for the Division 3 state meet as an individual. How they fare will depend on development of the runners behind the top four.

TVC WEST

ITHACA

Last year: 1st

Coach: Tim Lambrecht (19th season)

Top returning runners: John Lambrecht (jr.-17:33), James O’Boyle (so.-17:48)

Other contributors: Colton Morrow (jr.), Jacob Ellsworth (jr.), Noah Hoag (jr.), Caleb Freestone (sr.), Ryan Donnelly (jr.), Ethan Schauer (fr.)

Outlook: The Yellowjackets return only second team all-leaguer Lambrecht and O’Boyle from the seven runners who lifted Ithaca to a sixth-place finish in the Division 3 state finals. O’Boyle was the sixth man who broke a tie with Breckenridge in the third TVC West jamboree – after the schools had split the first two league jamborees – and enabled the Yellowjackets to edge Breckenridge for the league title. But four of those Ithaca runners are now competing for Lansing Community College. How the Yellowjackets fare this fall with depend largely on new runners.

INDEPENDENTS

LESLIE

Coach: David Hovarter (11th season)

Top returning runners: Matt Subject (sr.-17:00), Garrett Tremaine (sr.-17:38), Justin Keller (sr.-17:51), Steven Wiltsie (sr.), Kody Conaty (jr.), Levi Prater (jr.), Troy Davis (so.)

Other contributor: Justin Hartman (fr.)

Outlook: The Blackhawks are led by Subject, who advanced to the Division 3 state meet as an individual. Leslie’s goal is to qualify as a team for state finals this year. The Blackhawks should be helped by Hartman, who finished 29th in the Greater Lansing Junior meet last fall as an eighth grader.

LANSING CHRISTIAN

Coach: Richard Helder (3rd season)

Top returning runners: Trace Henderson (jr.), Carter Davis (sr.)

Other contributor: Garret Strpko (so)

Outlook: The Pilgrims will compete as an independent one more year before joining Leslie, Lakewood, Maple Valley, Perry and Stockbridge in the Greater Lansing Athletic Conference.

CAPITAL HOMESCHOOL

Coach: Kevin Shoemaker (3rd season)

Top returning runners: Jonathan Alvaro (sr.), Elliott Shoemaker (sr.), Ben DeMass (so.)

Top newcomer: Landon Dysart (fr.)

Outlook: Dysart, who finished seventh in the Greater Lansing Junior meet last fall as an eighth grader, should help the Chariots toward their goal of finishing in the top three at the MIHS (Michigan Independent High School) meet in Allendale in late October.

– Dick Hoekstra and Jack Dowd

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