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
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
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.