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Three-peat for Novi Boys Cross Country
9/12/16 Photo left: Aric Landry

NEW BOSTON, MI - Although it was pouring rain as they boarded their bus for New Boston, the Novi Boys Cross Country team found both the conditions and results quite rosy at the Ramblin’ Rock Invitational last Saturday. Novi took the team title with a score of 31. Livonia Stevenson was a distant second with 103.

For the second straight meet Novi’s Scott Macpherson was the overall winner. His time of 16:25 put him 5 seconds ahead of John Petruno of Walled Lake Western. “I am really impressed with Scott” noted Coach Robert Smith. “Petruno was an all-stater last year”.

Novi’s returning all-stater, Gabe Mudel, was right there in the mix, too. He placed third overall with a solid time quality time of 16:33. “Gabe came into the season a little nicked-up. He’s worked hard to get back into top form. Today he’s shown he’s ready to race again” said Coach Smith.

Aric Landy is on a tear right now. For the second meet in a row Landy posted a career PR. His time of 16:42 earned him a 5th place finish in the field of 177 runners. “Aric is running with a lot of confidence right now” observed Smith. “This will translate to quality races and times all season”.

John Landy also earned a top 10 finish by placing 8th in a time of 16:51. “Solid performance. John stayed focused and ran connected the entire race”.

Meet management modified the entry system, allowing each tem to enter 10 runners into the varsity race (instead of the usual 7). Novi took full advantage of it by placing four more runners into the overall top 20. Trey Mullins ran a career-best 17:10 to grab 14th place. Chris Silva placed 15th with his time of 17:13, while Alex Schafer (17th, 17:29) and Nate Wood (18th, 17:32) were in hot pursuit. “All four of these guys ran extremely well today” said Smith. It was nice for them to go head-to-head in a meet. We need to know who can handle the varsity level of competition. Each guy proved they are worthy of that”.

Nate James (61st, 18:19) and Tim Truly (64th, 18:21) rounded out the varsity finishers for Novi. “These two guys earned valuable varsity experience today. They did a nice job”.

Satvik Malapati led the JV squad to a first place finish by winning the reserve race with a time of 18:13. Novi took 3 out of the top 4 places, and 5 out of the top 10. Dallas Foley (3rd, 18:26, Matt Whyte (4th, 18:28), Prateek Bhola (8th, 18:39) and Edmund Shaheen (10th, 18:42) all contributed to the score of 26. Saline’s JV squad came in second with 74.

On Tuesday the Wildcats take on the Mustangs of Northville. Northville was 2nd in the State of Michigan last year. Our Wildcats were third in the State. It should be an epic battle!