Men’s Cross Country clinches Divisional Title
Photo: Satvik Malapati (left) and Matt Whyte
The Novi Men’s Cross Country Team
claimed the KLAA Central Division Title Tuesday by
defeating South Lyon East 25-30. Our Wildcats went 5-0
against divisional foes in the dual meet round robin
format this season.
South Lyon East put up quite a
fight during the 3.1 mile race held at Island Lake State
Park. “We wanted to give our varsity athletes a bit of a
rest today, but East made that impossible. Juniors Gabe
Mudel and Nate Wood had to step in to assure our
victory. Those two guys deserve a lot of credit for
keeping an eye on the score” noted Coach Robert Smith.
“Without Mudel and Wood we would have lost the meet”.
Mudel ended up as the overall
medalist. He outkicked East’s Jack Marchand over the
final 100 meters. Both athletes were awarded a time of
Xander Cronin from East grabbed
third place, but then Matt Whyte (17:42), Satvik
Malapati (17:52), and Wood (17:57) came in 4th through
Matt Gamm (9th, 18:24) rounded out
the scoring for Novi. Tim Truly (11th, 18:31) and Brett
Mackay (13th, 18:38) were also credited with running as
“These seven guys had all they
could handle with the upstarts from South Lyon. I am
very proud of the way they responded to the challenge”
concluded Coach Smith.
Malapati, Caleb Wood, Jake Ryba,
Joe Tituskin, and Jonathan Wang all set a Career