Improving every run

Cross Country continues to improve

Written by James Paxson, Sports Editor

The men and women’s cross country team have been making great strides to improving and making themselves a better overall team in the last two meets. The team is continuing to add new members and is improving on personal times. The cross country team welcomed women’s runner, Rajula White and men’s runner, Ian McCracken to the squad. With the addition of these two new members, Coach Wright Wilson is proud and looking towards the future.

Cross Country team photo on Sept. 23 in Grand Rapids for the Raider Run.

“Our team is improving and I hope our runners will continue to improve the rest of the season. I see them (cross country runners) running with more confidence and competing rather than just running,” said Coach Wilson.

Lansing and Grand Rapids

Over the past couple weeks the Ocelots travelled to Lansing for the Spartan Individual on Sept. 16 and then the following week to Grand Rapids for the Raider Run on Sept. 23.

First on a cloudy not as hot afternoon in Grand Rapids, all runners performed on a new level with everyone running at faster times than before.

“The Grand Rapids race was the best race so far; everyone raced well and got new personal records,” said freshmen Ibrahim Mourad.

Mourad improved his personal time by a full 51 seconds finishing the race with a time of 36 minutes and 53 seconds. The top two performers for the men’s team were Todd Kazlauskas and Eric Wikewitz. Kazlauskas finished in 72th place with a final time of 31 minutes and 32 seconds and Wikewitz led the men in 65th place with a final time of 30 minutes and 14 seconds.

Leading the women was Sophomore Caitlin Goyer finishing in 73rd place with a final race time of 23 minuets and 52 seconds. That is an impressive 26 seconds better than her previous time.

Additional mentions are Ian McCracken who finished in 82nd place with a time of 33 minutes and 10 seconds and Rajula White finished in 80th place with a time of 26 minutes and 30 seconds in their respected races.

In Lansing, there was a mix of both community college and universities competing. The top runners for Schoolcraft were Wikewitz and Goyer. Wikerwitz finished with a time of 30 minutes and 27 seconds leading the men as the fastest runner for the fourth time this season. Goyer finished with a time of 30 minutes and 25 seconds being the top woman in the race.

“I feel like the Grand Rapids race and Lansing race were both good races for the team Overall,” said freshman Todd Kazlauskas.

The Men and Women runners are looking ahead to their next race at the Lansing Community College Invitational in Lansing, Michigan on Friday Oct. 7.

To look for a team schedule and personal times go to the MCCAA website at http://www.mccaa.org.

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