Five runners move on to regional meet individual competition
By Jim Newell
The Lake Orion girls varsity cross country team finished fifth overall at the Michigan High School Athletic Association 14-1 pre-regional cross country meet on Friday.
With the fifth-place finish, the team as a whole is done for the season, but five runners qualified for the individual race at the regional meet on Friday in Clarkston.
“This year, the MHSAA opted for an additional qualifier meet as we head into the end of the season. Rather than 15 teams at regionals, the pre-regional had seven teams compete,” said Lake Orion coach Debi McDonald. “(The) top four teams qualify for regionals, along with seven individuals not part of the top four teams. The regional meet will then have eight teams competing along with 14 individuals.”
Clarkston won the pre-regional meet with a score of 42. Rochester Adams finished second at 48; Birmingham Seaholm was third (75), Oxford finished fourth (95), Lake Orion was fifth (106), Auburn Hills Avondale finished sixth at 175 and Beverly Hills Groves finished last with 192.
“Unfortunately, the girls varsity took fifth place at pre-regional. We are in a very competitive region. So, while our chance at getting to the state finals as a team is over, we did qualify five individuals for the regional meet,” the coach said.
Senior Sophie Novak finished fourth overall at the pre-regional meet with a time of 19:28.8.
Novak, sophomore Annika Russell (24th, 21:22.6) and freshmen Mackie Shoskey (22nd, 21:08), Lauren Dumeah (26th, 21:24.8) and Megyn Fox (21:38.4) all will run in the MHSAA Regional Finals.
Senior Iris Meech (40th, 22:37.4) and Kyra Andrews (41st, 22:45.6) also competed in the pre-regional meet for the Dragons.