On Friday the boys and girls varsity cross country teams competed in the James Cleverely (Anchor Bay) Invitational. The hot and humid conditions did not scare the Falcon harriers as the girls took home the first place trophy scoring an impressive 39 points, 33 points ahead of runner-up Anchor Bay who finished with 72 points. The Falcons swept the first three places finishing 1-2-3. Junior captain Elizabeth Bulat won the individual championship with a time of 20:49. Following Bulat were senior Casie Nadasky (21:16) and sophomore Camryn Remick (21:17) who placed second and third respectively. “Taking the first three places in any meet is impressive, doing so in an invitational is dominance”, said head coach Anthony Pavicic. “This was a nice win for our program”, Pavicic continued.” This is a huge boost of confidence as we make our way into October.” Rounding out the Falcons scoring were junior Maya Smith (11th, 22:31) and sophomore Hannah Shurman (22nd, 23:33). All five ladies in the varsity race earned medals.
The varsity boys team finished 4th place overall out of 9 teams. Rochester also claimed the individual winner in the boys race as senior captain Austin Remick finished in a time of 16:27. “With the weather conditions the way they were I had Austin use this as a workout as we knew he was the overwhelming favorite entering the race”, Pavicic said. “He cruised to the victory with ease and his time does not reflect the kind of shape this young man is in. This is just another checkmark for him as we continue to focus on the ultimate goal.” The Falcons also had two other medal winners. Sophomore Mitchell Skoegard finished 16th and junior Liam Voiles finished 20th.
The Falcons will be at Lake Orion HS on Wednesday for jamboree number two and on Saturday the team will compete at the Hanson’s Invitational at Stony Creek Metropark.