October 24, 2013Grosse Pointe North’s girls’ and boys’ cross country teams finished in the top 10 in last weekend’s Macomb Area Conference meet at Metro Beach.
Head coach Scott Cooper’s girls’ squad took fourth with 145 points. Grosse Pointe South won the title with 30 points, followed by Utica Eisenhower with 119 and Sterling Heights Stevenson with 123.
Sarah Rustmann led the Norsemen with a 11th place time of 19:06 and Julia Rustmann was 17th at 19:16.
Other scorers were Natalie Schaefer, 23rd with a time of 19:31; Katelyn Carney, 25th with a time of 19:40, and Maddy Denison, 75th with a time of 21:33.
Other runners who performed well, according to head coach Scott Cooper, were Keri Hryciuk and Quinn Pangborn. Maddie Gafa also competed.
“We came in fourth, whcih was really frustrating because all the girls ran so well,” Cooper said. “Our Red Division is made up of some of the best teams in the state right now.
“We lost to South and Stevenson, who are both ranked in the top 10 in the state, and Ike and ourselves are top 20 teams and have been fighting each other all season.
“The top four runners, once again, ran superbly. All four ran under 20 minutes, with the Rustmann’s nearly breaking 19. Our biggest problem is getting our fifth and final scorer up with the top four. We had a deadly 2-minute spread between the fourth and fifth runner, which just piles on the points against us. But our fifth runner is also running fantastic and setting PRs all the time and working hard.”
Both Rustmann sisters earned all conference honors and both earned spots on North’s record board in the gym for the top 15 runners in North’s history. This team has three girls on that board with Carney being added last year.
The boys, under head coach Diane Montgomery, placed seventh with 289 points. St. Clair and Romeo were first and second with 37 and 75 points, respectively.
Connor Sickmiller was 19th with a time of 16:39 and Joe Ciaravino was 30th with a time of 16:56 to lead the Norsemen.
Pearce Reickert finished 72nd with a time of 178:42, while Ryan Kolp was 82nd with a time of 17:50 and Mike Bakowski was 92nd with a time of 18:06 to round out the Norsemen’s five scorers.