AA league meet on Thursday at Bloomer Park in Rochester
By Jim Newell
The Lake Orion boys and girls varsity cross country teams are heading into the final stretch of the season, with a dual meet scheduled for today against Notre Dame Prep.
For many of the runners, the race against Notre Dame will be the final run of the pandemic-shortened season.
The top 10 runners on each team, however, will move on to the Oakland County league meet at Bloomer Park in Rochester on Thursday.
See next week’s Lake Orion Review for results of both meets.
This week’s two meets come after the boys defeated Birmingham Seaholm, 26-33 (low score wins), on Oct. 5. The girls also raced against Seaholm, losing 21-38 in the 5K race (5,000 meters).
Lake Orion’s Nicholas Laurent continued to put up strong times, finishing first overall at 16:53.1. Laurent, a senior, also won the dual meet against Rochester Adams on Sept. 16 and finished second against Clarkston on Sept. 30.
After Laurent, Lake Orion took six of the remaining top 10 spots against Seaholm.
Junior Adam Hafeli finished fourth overall (17:15.6), sophomore Luke Pearson was sixth (17:30.3), junior Hong Tang finished seventh (17:35.7), junior Clayton Kuiper finished eighth (17:50.5), senior Carson White was ninth (18:08.4) and sophomore Eddie Cromwell rounded out the top 10 at 18:19.7.
Horacio Lopez finished 11th, Ronnie Leonard was 12th and Jacob Gleason finished 13th overall, putting 10 Dragons in the top 15.
Senior phenom Sophie Novak took the time rest against Seaholm, but several of her teammates had strong finishes despite the loss.
Freshman Mackie Shoskey finished in third place overall at 21:33.7, the Dragon’s top runner for the day. Shoskey, along with fellow freshman Megyn Fox, has consistently finished in the top 10 this season.
Freshman Lauren Dumeah finished fifth overall at 21:35.8, while sophomore Annika Russell finished seventh (21:54.3) for Lake Orion.
Senior Alexa Mathes finished 12th overall at 22:16.1, sophomore Kyra Andrews was 13th (22:18.5) and senior Iris Meech rounded out the top 15 finishers for the Dragons, crossing the line at 14th overall with a time of 22:19.1.