By Megan Kelley
Lake Orion’s boys cross country team took on the OAA Jamboree I last Wednesday against some heavy hitting and strong competitors: Clarkston High School, who is currently ranked no. 1 in the state, Adams High School, who had recently won the pre-season invite and Troy High School, who won the Grizzley Invite last week.
Even with these strong schools to compete against, the Dragons were able to secure third place.
Senior Andrew Nolan finished 2nd overall with sophomores Jacob Gleason, Adam Hafeli, Hong Bing Tang and Clayton Kuiper finishing 16th, 18th, 20th and 23rd respectively.
As for the JV squad, sophomore Ronnie Leonard took home 2nd place with freshmen Horacio Lopez and Evan Fox finishing in 6th and 8th respectively.
Sophomore Austin Salaghi finished 9th and freshman Jacob Smith rounded out the scoring with a 10th place finish.
These finishes put Lake Orion’s JV squad in first place with 35 points.
On Saturday, the boys traveled to one of the toughest courses in Oakland County for the Averill Invitational.
With fifteen schools competing, the competition was going to be tough yet again.
Nolan placed 2nd again running his season personal record of 15:59.
Sophomore Will Houvender and Hong Bing Tang took 23rd and 24th respectively and also medaled.
The JV squad took 3rd overall with several strong freshman finishes.
Luke Peardon took 5th, Lopez finished 6th and Fox finished 16th.
Rounding out the freshman scoring were Eddie Cromwell and Jacob Smith in 19th and 23rd respectively.
All five freshman finishers also medaled.
The Dragons head to the Holly invitational on Sept. 14 at Springfield Oaks County Park.
Race start time is at 11 a.m.