Harriers Lasso Mustangs
9/12/16 Photo left: Trey Mullins
NORTHVILLE, MI -
The Novi Men’s Cross Country team
expected quite a battle Tuesday as they hosted the
Northville Mustangs in their season opener in the KLAA
Central. Last year Northville was the runner-up team at
the MHSAA State Finals and Novi was third. Northville
defeated Novi in their dual meet last year, while Novi
beat Northville in the KLAA league meet and the Regional
The meet on Tuesday proved to be a
repeat of the close races the two teams had last season.
Ben Cracraft and Nick Couyoumjian from Northville put
the early hurt on Novi by taking the first two places at
Cass Benton Park, which coincidentally is the home
course for both schools.
“It is very difficult to win when
the other team takes the first two places” noted Coach
Robert Smith. “Mathematically if a team goes 1, 2, 3 it
is an automatic win.”
The Wildcats put on a huge
comeback by taking places 3-6. “We desperately needed
our top pack to come in before their third guy” said
Coach Smith. Aric Landy (3rd, 16:43), John Landy (4th,
16:46), Scott Macpherson (5th, 16:59) and Gabe Mudel
(6th, 17:04) did just that. “Running in a pack gives us
the confidence and synergy to overcome adversity.”
Northville, however, was not done.
They pressed on and took places 7 and 8.
So, after 8 runners crossed the
finish line (4 from each school), the score was tied
The first five runners from each
team establish the total team score. It was up to the
Jacob Blackmore from Northville
held the ninth overall place for almost the entire race.
Novi had 4 guys (Trey Mullins, Nate Wood, Alex Schafer,
and Chris Silva) on the hunt, but it looked like
Blackmore would prevail. However, with about 400 meters
to go Trey Mullins found another gear and passed
Blackmore on the final downhill of the course. Mullins
(17:21) continued his charge up the final hill to the
finish line and ended up beating Blackmore (17:31) for
the critical ninth place finish.
“Trey and I talked yesterday about
the importance of him beating their fifth man” commented
Smith. “He ran a perfect race to execute that plan”. The
final score was Novi 27, Northville 28.
Career PR’s were recorded by
Nathan James (18:16), Hayato Lowe (21:12) and Jonathan