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
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
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!