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Wildcat Runners Excel in the Spartan Elite Race
9/18/16 Photo left: Trey Mullins

The Novi Men’s Cross Country Team continued their fine season with a 4th place finish in the Elite Division of the MSU Spartan Invitational this past Friday. Thirty-nine of the top teams from all across Michigan and Ohio converged on Forest Acres East Golf Course on the campus of Michigan State.

Louisville Ohio took first place honors with 158 points. Number one ranked (D1 Michigan) Saline was second with 195. Number one ranked (D2 Michigan) Grand Rapids Christian took third with 229. Novi’s score of 244 was good for fourth place, while Centerville (OH) came in 5th with 265.

“Running in the Elite division allows us to gauge our strength in comparison to other top schools” commented Coach Robert Smith. “It simulates the State Meet experience”.

All-Stater Gabe Mudel (16:19) led the Wildcat contingent. His 24th place finish put him on the awards platform for the second straight year. “Gabe ran a nice race. He is returning to form”.

Senior Aric Landy (38th) continued his streak of setting career pr’s. Landy’s time of 16:34 chopped off 8 seconds from his previous best, set just last weekend. “Aric is gaining more and more confidence each week”.

John Landy (40tt, 16:38) also had a very good race. “John chopped off six seconds off his season pr. He is right on target of where he should be”.

Sophomore Trey Mullins (70th, 16:58) continues to impress. “This was the first time Trey broke into the 16’s” noted Coach Smith. “This give us 5 guys under 17 minutes for the season”.

Chris Silva (72nd) almost made it six runners in the 16’s. The senior ran a season-best time of 17:00 flat. “Chris ran 16:54 last season” said Smith. “He is improving every meet. He’ll be there before you know it.”

Nate Wood (139th) and Nate James (165th) rounded out the Wildcat varsity squad running 17:43 and 18:01 respectively.

Dallas Foley (18:14), Matt White (18:16), Tim Truly (18:25), Scott Sawyer (18:31) and Matt Gamm (18:36) led the way for Novi in the JV race.

The Women's team had a goal of placing in the top 10 as a team. They took 9th place.

First to cross the finish line was Katherine Ray with a personal best time and an 11th place finish. Not far behind her was Freshman, Michelle Jecmen finishing with a sub-20 min time and placing 21st overall. Senior Jessica Lypka continued to improve her time this season and demonstrate her toughness on the course. Another promising freshman, Lauren Sedewitz was the 4th lady wildcat that found the finish line in a sub 22 minute 5k time. Finishing out the top 5 through 7 spots was Addison Lentz, Hannah Hood-Blaxill, and Heather Blair.

All the girls either had a season PR or were within 10 seconds of a season PR. Personal Bests were given by both Ray, Jecmen and Sedewitz.