By Nick Misiak
On Friday, Sept. 19, the Ocelot Cross-Country team traveled to Elyria, Ohio to compete in the Commodore Invitational hosted by Lorain County Community College. The course is highlighted by a major hill that runners must climb twice making for a challenging route.
Leading the team for the second straight week was freshman Liam Cardenas. Cardenas’s time of 31:09 for the 8K was the fastest ever for a Schoolcraft runner on this course. It was 21 seconds ahead of teammate sophomore Caton Hacker who finished in 31:38, 43 seconds ahead of sophomore Ethan Levack who finished in 31:52.
All three ran close together for much of the race. Hacker improved his 2013 time on this course by 4:30, and his new time was the third fastest ever on the course. Levack was 1:54 faster than last year.
Also competing for the team were Brandon Sutton and Ryan Stamper. Brandon was three seconds slower than a year ago, finishing in 38:48. Ryan, who just joined the team the just over a week ago Wednesday, finished in 44:18. This was the first time he had run this far in over two years.
Also running from Schoolcraft was Scott Howse, who finished in 33:27.
In the woman’s 5K, Audrey Baetz finished ahead of all of the runners from Wayne County Community College and all but one from Lorain and Hiram with a time of 25:05.
Running for Concordia was former Schoolcraft All-American Adrianna Beltran, who finished ninth overall in 21:00 and took home one of the special awards given to the top ten finishers.