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North is 4th, South 5th at jamboree

North junior Joe Ciaravino fi nished second for the Norsemen in an invitational. PHOTO COURTESY OF DIANE MONTGOMERY
September 19, 2013
Despite the heat and humid conditions last week, the Grosse Pointe North and Grosse Pointe South boys’ cross country teams competed in the first of two Macomb Area Conference Red Division jamboree meets.

Romeo won the meet with a 7-0 mark, followed by Macomb Dakota at 6-1, Utica at 5-2, Grosse Pointe North at 4-3, Grosse Pointe South at 3-4, Sterling Heights Stevenson at 2-5, Utica Eisenhower at 1-6 and L’Anse Creuse North at 0-7.

“We walked away with a winning record (our main objective),” North head coach Diane Montgomery said. “The performances were affected greatly by the extreme conditions, as many runners from all teams suffered from heat-related problems. Two of my top 7 runners did not finish the race.”

Leading the Norsemen was senior Alex Brady, who posted a time of 19:13.

Other team scorers were senior Mike Bakowski, 19:31; sophomore Daniel Brady, 19:33; senior Andrew Toutant, 20:55; and sophomore Ryan Kolp, 21:00.

Sophomore Josh Fischer also ran and had a time of 21:30, and freshmen Adam Schreck and Ryan Race competed and finished with times of 21:36 and 22:19.

For head coach Mark Sonnenberg and the Blue Devils, junior Michael Gates was their top runner, turning in a time of 18:43.

Their other scorers were senior Charlie Warren, 18:51; junior Nicholas Debrunner, 19:18; junior Zachary Due, 20:09; and junior Jack Kuchta, 20:14.

Other Blue Devils who competed were junior Jimmy Sands, senior Samuel Beckius and junior Kevin Biglin, who posted times of 20:28, 20:49 and 21:38, respectively.

In addition to the jamboree meet, North finished second at the Autumn Classic.

“We were looking forward to running competitively against Troy (a region foe) and although we lost to them today, we didn’t lose by much,” Montgomery said. “They are definitely within our reach by the end of the season.”

Sophomore Connor Sickmiller was the Norsemen’s No. 1 runner and was third overall.

“He is a sophomore who was injured most of his freshman season so he only got to race a handful of times last year,” Montgomery said. “He still does not have many races under his belt, so it’s great to see how competitive he is at this point in the season.”

Others leading the Norsemen were Joe Ciaravino and Kolp.

The Blue Devils also ran last weekend and had an excellent day at the De La Salle Invitational.

Despite multiple varsity runners out due to injury and sickness, the boys still finished fourth among 12 teams. Led by Gates and DeBrunner, top-10 overall, ran solid times on a tough course.

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