By Jim Newell
The Lake Orion boys varsity cross country team defeated Clarkston in a close dual meet on Sept. 30, while the girls lost but had some top finishers.
The boys team narrowly edged out Clarkston at the Wolves’ home course at Clintonwood Park, winning 26-32 (low score wins).
Clarkston’s Andrew Sesti took first place overall in the 5K race with a time of 16:37.79. Lake Orion’s Nicholas Laurent continued to put up strong times, finishing second overall at 16:41.93. Laurent, a senior, also won the dual meet against Rochester Adams on Sept. 16.
It was clear that depth was key to Lake Orion’s win, with six runners in the top 10 and seven more in the top 20.
Dragon top finishers included junior Hong Bing Tang, fourth place; junior Clayton Kuiper, fifth; junior Jacob Gleason, seventh; sophomore Eddie Cromwell, eighth; and senior Carson White, ninth.
Senior Sophie Novak continued her dominance at meets, taking first place with a time 18:58.74, beating Clarkston’s Alexandra Brigham by seven seconds.
This was Novak’s third first place finish. She also had a third-place finish against Rochester Adams.
Freshman Megyn Fox finished eighth overall with a time of 20:29.11, and fellow freshman Mackie Shoskey rounded out the top scoring for the Dragons, finishing 10th with a time of 20:33.58.
The girls also had two four runners in the top 20.