On pace

Fall weather brings improved times

BY JAMES PAXSON 
STAFF WRITER

With the State and Region XII Cross Country championship a few weeks away, the Ocelots aren’t showing any signs of slowing down.

Photo courtesy of the Goyer family.  Memebers of the Women’s Cross Country Team, from left to right, Freshman Lindsey Gallagher, Audrey Baetz, freshman Chelsea Kovacs, sophomore Grace Doolittle and freshman Caitlyn Goyer, pose for a photo after a recent meet.

Photo courtesy of the Goyer family.
Memebers of the Women’s Cross Country Team, from left to right, Freshman Lindsey Gallagher, Audrey Baetz, freshman Chelsea Kovacs, sophomore Grace Doolittle and freshman Caitlyn Goyer, pose for a photo after a recent meet.

On Oct. 9, the team traveled to Lansing for the Lansing Community College Invitational. The invitational was held at Grand Woods Park which is the same course the State and Region XII championship will use on Oct. 31. One major advantage to this event is that the runners can learn the course prior to the second most important race of the year, the National Championship.

At the Lansing Invite, which was a 5k (3.1 miles), Schoolcraft had a lot of standout scores and a fair share of improved times. The best score of the day came from sophomore captain Audrey Baetz with a time of 22.09, which is a full ten seconds faster than her time last season, continuing her season of impressive times.

“I trained all year round for this season, especially in the winter. This way, I can be in better shape for the beginning of this season,” said Baetz.

Coming in behind Baetz was freshman Chelsea Kovacs with a time of 22:35, which is an improvement of three seconds from her best time of the year. Kovacs times continue to improve in lieu of the fact that this was only her second race with the team. Sophomore Grace Doolittle finished third for the team with a time of 24:13, and rounding out the team was freshman Caitlin Goyer with a time of 25:11.

“Caitlin has improved a lot this year, she is becoming more of a distance runner and improving the early season times,” Baetz said of Goyer.

Goyer commented on her improvements as well.

“This season I have done more speed and agility workouts. Another thing that has made my times go down have been running with faster people,” she said.

As the team finishes out the season, there is no relaxation in sight. With more work and possible improvements still to come, the cross country team plans to finish strong.

“Hard training will be the order of the day, as just three weeks remain until the regional,” said head coach Ed Kozloff.

For more information about stats, schedules and roster visit www.MCCAA.org.