What a weekend! The majority of the Chippewa team made the trip to East Lansing on Friday, home of the MSU Spartan Invite and thousands of runners competing in an afternoon of races. After watching Manistee alum run the college mens' race, the Chip girls (minus Kelly) racing in the White race, made up of mostly D3 and D4 schools (though I saw a few class A schools mixed in there too!) After trailing 2 all-state runners for most of the meet, freshman Annie Fuller kicked it into high gear with 250 meters to go and emerged the champion in the race with an outstanding time of 18:26! Eva Guillen dropped her time by nearly 2 minutes and also took a medal, running 20:33! Ashley, Sophie, and Courtney also ran season bests, with Sarah not far behind. Minus team captain Kelly, the girls took 10th of 35 schools! Nice Job!
The boys didn't want to be outdone, as 6 of 7 guys also ran season best times, led by Jarret D's medal winning 15th place time of 16:59. Jonny, Tyler, Colin, Austin M, and Nick (broke 19!) ran SB's, with Bryce not far behind. The boys were 15th of 32 schools.
Finally, the girls elite race, with the top-ranked teams and runners in the state racing together. Kelly S ran a blistering time of 18:16, finishing 7th in the fastest race in Michigan so far this year. Way to go Chips!
On Saturday, Austin F and Zach K got their chance to race at the Ludington Invite, joined by 4 hearty guys who showed up to race for the second straight day. Despite pacing teammates for the first two miles, Tyler S and Jonny B ended up with medals, running even faster (by 30-40 seconds!) than they did on the same course last year. Austin F was 3 and a half minutes faster than last year. Nice improvement!