If Plymouth cross country runner Evan Byrnes looked over his shoulder during the final stages of Tuesday’s KLAA South Division dual meet against Livonia Churchill, he probably saw nothing but a pack of hard-charging Chargers.
Byrnes won the race with a time of 17 minutes, 10.5 seconds, but the Chargers earned places second through fifth to run away with a 20-39 victory.
Churchill improved to 2-0 in the South while the Wildcats slipped to 0-2.
Josh Mussen was the Chargers’ pace-setter, taking second in 17:32.8. Jon Hovermale placed third in 18:14.6, just ahead of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-place teammates Alex Piper (18:32.7), Dash Dobar (18:52.7) and Delson Christian (18:52.94).
Plymouth’s Lucas Kapala broke into the Chargers’ pack with a seventh-place finish in 18:54.7. Also scoring for the Wildcats were Jarrett Warner (10th in 19:33.1), Nolan Ouellette (11th in 19:41.2) and Gary Jones, who took 12th in 19:49.2.
Churchill’s non-scoring runners were Clint Cowen (18:55.6) and Mitch Bartoszyk (18:56.3).
Nick Schweikart (20:04.5) and Adam Stepck (20:17.8) rounded out Plymouth’s varsity lineup.
Patriots stampede Rockets
Livonia Franklin couldn’t have performed much better than it did during Tuesday’s KLAA South Division dual meet against Westland John Glenn in an event held at Nankin Mills.
The first five harriers to cross the finish line were Patriots in the 15-47 Franklin rout.
Tony Floyd led the all-out assault on the trails with a first-place time of 16:06.8. Also figuring in the scoring for the winners were Matt Lepper (second in 18:12.8), Logan Evanchuk (third in 18:26.4), Trevor Doyle (fourth in 18:33.4) and Jackson Nordbeck, who placed fifth in 18:43.7.
Non-scoring runners for Franklin were Ian Hogg (18:53.0) and Greg Thaxton (19:17.6).
Running strong for John Glenn were Ben Biber (sixth in 18:46.7), Justin Hadyniak (eighth in 19:01.5), Ahmad Allen (10th in 19:52.1), Kenyatta Mason (11th in 20:30.1) and Ethan Pippen, who covered the course in 21:56.4.
MSU Spartan Invitational
All three Livonia teams placed in the top 30 during Friday’s MSU Spartan Boys Cross Country Invitational “Green Race” held at Forest Akers Golf Course in East Lansing.
Livonia Stevenson was the highest-placing local team, taking fifth with 208. Churchill was 13th with 393 points while Franklin placed 29th with 726 points in the 38-team field.
Pacing the Spartans’ effort was senior Andrew Bambach, who placed 13th overall with a time of 17 minutes and 3 seconds. Also scoring for Stevenson were Nathan Ward (35th in 17:26), Nathan Wilson (44th in 17:39), Alex Brauer (56th in 17:45) and Jacob Bieganski, who placed 60th in 17:49.
Churchill was led by Josh Mussen, who finished 16th in 17:05. He was followed by Jonathan Hovermale (66th in 17:55), Noah Hagood (82nd in 18:07), Delson Christian (113th in 18:26) and Clint Cowen, who crossed the line in 116th place.
Patriot senior standout Tony Floyd ran separately in the elite race in order to prepare for the Division 1 state meet later in the fall.
Floyd proved he is capable of running with the state’s thoroughbreds as he finished ninth in 16 minutes and 3 seconds on a tough, muddy course.
Franklin’s competitors in the “Green” race were Grant Rudd (102nd in 18:18), Matt Lepper (127th in 18:35), Logan Evanchuk (142nd in 18:44), Mike Mackiewicz (177th in 19:12), Jackson Nordbeck (178th in 19:13), Trevor Doyle (187th in 19:21) and Ian Hogg (203rd in 19:34).