Photo finish highlights Ocelot’s performance in Lansing
By Nick Misiak
The Schoolcraft Cross-Country team traveled to Lansing on Oct. 3 to race in the Lansing CC Invitational. An easing rain fell periodically before the race began, making the course damp with the occasional mud puddles. However that did not seem to hamper the team’s performance.
A week ago, Audrey Baetz improved her 5K time by nearly two minutes and on Friday, she lowered her personal best by another 54 seconds, finishing in a time of 22:19. Her racing form and pacing have continued to improve as the season has progressed.
In the men’s 8K, improvement also continued.
In a scenario similar to last week’s OCC Invitational, freshman Liam Cardenas and sophomore Ethan Levack were separated by less than a second. Cardenas set the pace, coming through the two and four mile points in 11:19 and 23:41. He was followed closely by the veteran, Levack, who had splits of 11:36 and 23:44. In the sprint to the finish, Levack again edged Cardenas, this time by just four-tenths of a second, with times of 29:25.4 to 29:25.8. Levack’s last mile time of 5:41 was just enough to give him the edge, while Cardenas’ was 5:44.
Third for the team was sophomore Caton Hacker, who came through the two and four mile points in 11:55 and 24:23. Hacker was also able to break six minutes for the last mile with a time of 5:52 and had a final time of 30:15.6.
This was the second fastest top three finishes ever by a Schoolcraft men’s team. The fastest was at last year’s Regional Championship, and that time was only two seconds faster than Saturday’s performance. Their times in this race placed all three in the top 50 runners in Division III so far this year.
Brandon Sutton and Ryan Stamper finished fourth and fifth for the team, with final times of 35:39.4 and 37:35.6.
Scott Howse, running unattached, finished in 31:34.3 after splits of 12:21 and 25:15.