The Novi boys cross country team made it look easy on Saturday, capturing its third straight South Lyon Invitational at Island Lake Recreation Area.
The Wildcats, taking three of the first four places, scored 24 points with runner-up Howell (90), South Lyon (100), South Lyon East (102) and Allen Park (106) rounding out the top five.
“It was a race for second place today,” Novi coach Robert Smith said. “We were the class of the field.”
Livonia Franklin’s Tony Floyd was the individual winner, while Novi senior Joost Plaetinck placed second in 16 minutes, 30 seconds in the 5-kilometer event.
“I was very pleased with his time,” Smith said Plaetinck. “It’s a fast time for this early in the season.”
Junior John Landy and sophomore Gabe Mudel finished third and fourth, respectively, with clockings of 16:44 and 16:51, respectively, for the Wildcats.
“Taking three out of the first four places was something that I didn’t expect,” Smith said. “These guys have really upped their game over last year already.”
Junior Aric Landy (17:09) contributed a seventh, while senior Adam Ditri (17:14) took eighth.
“Aric and Adam will join Joost, John, and Gabe in the 16s in the next meet or two,” Smith predicted.
Meanwhile, both Scott Beaton (12th, 17:39) and sophomore Alex Schafer (13th, 17:49), also captured medals.
“It’s important for number six and seven (runners) to keep the opposition at bay,” the Novi coach said. “They did a great job with that.”