Laurent finishes in the top 10 at both meets for the Dragons
By Jim Newell
The Lake Orion boys varsity cross country team is league champs, sharing the title with Rochester Adams.
Both teams finished with a score of 54 at the Oakland Activities Association Red cross country championship on Oct. 15.
Oxford came in third place with a score of 84, edging out Birmingham Seaholm (85). Clarkston was fifth (103) and Troy was last in the league at 139.
Lake Orion Senior Nicholas Laurent continued to lead the Dragons, finishing in third place overall with a time of 16:29.8 minutes.
Clarkston’s Andrew Sesti was first (16:08.5) and Oxford’s Zach Patterson came in second (16:13.5).
As it has all season, the Dragon’s depth helped the team rack up points and led to a share of the title. Juniors Will Houvener (11th), Adam Hafeli (12th) and Hong Bing Tang (13th) and sophomore Luke Peardon (15th) all contributed and placed in the top 15.
Junior Clayton Kuiper (20th), senior Carson White (22nd) and sophomore Horacio Lopez (25th) rounded out the top 25 finishers.
Oakland County meet
The Lake Orion High School boys varsity cross country team finished in fourth place out 33 teams at the Oakland County meet on Oct. 9
Senior Nicholas Laurent finished eighth in the county with a time of 16:21.5 minutes, 38.4 seconds behind winner Peter Baracco of Farmington, who finished the 5k race in 15:43.1 minutes.
The Dragon’s depth helped them to the strong showing at the county meet. Hong Bing Tang finished in 33rd place with a time of 17:03.5; Will Houvener was 34th at 17:03.6 and Clayton Kuiper had a time of 17:07.2, good for 36th place overall.
Highland-Milford won the boys meet with a score of 88, edging out second place Novi, 94. Rochester Hills Stoney Creek finished third
The Dragons fourth place finish, with a score of 166, put them ahead of rivals Farmington (fifth place, 178), Rochester Adams (sixth place, 189), Oxford (11th place, 300) and Clarkston (13th, 321).