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Novi Men’s Cross Country Finish 2nd in KLAA Conference Meet
10/22/16   Photo: 5 athletes crowned All-Conference. (from L to R): Aric Landy, Nate Wood, John Landy, Gabe Mudel, and Scott Macpherson.

Powered by 5 All-Conference performers, the Novi Men’s Cross Country Team cruised into a 2nd place finish in the KLAA Kensington Conference meet held Tuesday at the Huron Meadows Metro Park in Brighton, MI. Northville won the meet with 43 points. Our Wildcats scored 53, while Livonia Stevenson came in 3rd with 95 points in the 12 team field.

“We ran real well as a team today” observed Head Coach Robert Smith. “Only 28 seconds separated our first through fifth runners.”

Junior Gabe Mudel led the way for Novi with a time of 16:01. His 4th place finish earned him First Team All-Conference honors. “Gabe ran with, and even often led the front pack for the entire race” noted Coach Smith. “He is mentally and physically ready to now run with anybody”.

John and Aric Landy both secured Second Team All-Conference honors with their 8th (16:10) and 10th (16:13) place finish respectively. “John and Aric ran outstanding races today” said Coach Smith. “They were focused and competitive throughout the entire contest”.

Scott Macpherson also earned Second Team All-Conference honors with his (16:18) 14th place finish. “Scott stayed right up there in the front earning a super score for us” said Smith. “He ran fast today, and I’m excited to predict that he will run even faster in our last two meets”.

Junior Nate Wood had a breakout race with his exceptional 16:29 finish, good for 17th place and All-Conference honors. “Prior to today, Nate’s best time was 17:10. Chopping off 41 seconds is huge” exclaimed Coach Smith. “He is gifted with a ton of natural talent”.

Sophomore Trey Mullins just missed being All-Conference by one place (22nd, 16:45). “Just a couple of seconds faster and Trey would have made the podium today. I am confident that he will make up that time next week” observed Smith.

Chris Silva rounded out the varsity with a season pr of 16:49. “Chris first broke 17 minutes at the State Meet last year” noted Coach Smith. “He is two weeks ahead of schedule this year. He is going to have a strong end-of-the-year finish”.

All 7 varsity runners broke 17 minutes, and all 7 set season personal-bests. “We are on the right path to finishing the season with some very fast times” concluded Smith.

The Junior Varsity squad also earned 53 points and placing second in their race. The ‘Cats were led by Freshman Matt Whyte (2nd, 17:20), Junior Alex Schafer (3rd, 17:32) and Senior Tim Truly (6th, 17:37).