Saturday marked the end of a very successful week of racing for the Saline boys’ cross country team.
On Thursday, the team traveled to Monroe for the second of three SEC Championship Jamboree meets. With one of their top runners out of the line-up and against some very good competition, the Hornets rose up to the challenge and took control of their conference. Led by seniors and captains Anthony Lamus, Dylan Jennings, and Grant Praschan finishing third, fourth, and fifth respectively, the team outdistanced Ann Arbor Pioneer by a score of 30-41.
Further back, Kevin Hall, Matt Elms, John Dolsen, and Pat Dunn were the real keys to Saline’s victory. Pioneer runners took the first two spots in the race, putting the Hornets behind in the scoring. As Saline’s fourth runner, Hall turned the score in favor of his team by finishing just a step behind Pioneer’s third. The final outcome of the race was decided by the pack of Elms, Dolsen, and Dunn, who managed to swarm Pioneer’s fourth runner. Elms and Dolsen outran Pioneer’s fourth man over the last 800 meters, while Dunn just missed out kicking him but still managed to finish well ahead of Pioneer’s fifth and final scorer.
In the Reserve race, Saline was led by breakout performances from Junior Matt Wilson and Sophomore Brennan Corcoran. The two were part of a group of six Hornets that led the entire field, giving Saline a perfect score of just 15 points.
On Saturday, many of Saline’s top runners rested while the other athletes competed in the Legends Invite at Huron Meadows Metro Park. With over half of the athletes posting All-Time personal best efforts and several athletes earning their varsity standard, the team left with no trophies, but a lot of important progress.
Next week, Saline will travel to the Portage Invite, which is one of the largest invites in the midwest. The team will be tested by Rockford, who beat Saline in their first meeting of the season, and Grand Blanc, who finished ahead of Saline at last week’s Jackson Invite.