Charlie Wilson ‘20: In yet again another strong showing for Coach Buslepp and the Bulldogs, Romeo Cross Country earned two tickets to the State Finals at the annual Regional meet last Saturday, October 26 at Goodells park.

On the women’s side, the Bulldogs won their 1st regional championship in school history with 46 pts, comfortably ahead of 2nd place Stony Creek with 116 pts, securing their spot in the State finals. The top 3 teams from each region qualify for States. Madelyn Malczewski 20’ led the Bulldogs with a 2nd place finish in 18:33. 

“Overall, it was a good race. Our team raced very strategically and we got the job done,” Malczewski said.

Next up, Freshman Madison Chlor 23’ finished 5th in 19:09, followed by sophomores Sarah Greb 22’ and Rachel Felstow 22’ in 9th and 10th place in 19:31. Barret Schettler 20’ capped the victory for the Bulldogs with a 20th place finish in 20:03, nearly missing All -Region recognition. The top 15 individual finishers receive All- Region recognition. Other Romeo runners included Sydney Wilkie 21’ in 33rd place in 20:31 and Sydney Goodrich in 48th place in 21:03.

On the Men’s side, Romeo fell just short in a matchup battle to Stony Creek, finishing 2nd with 46 pts to Stony Creek of 43 pts. Jack Wilson 20’ finished 2nd in 15:42, losing to Andrew Nolan of Lake Orion. 

“It was a battle from start to finish, but hats off to Andrew [Nolan]. He deserves it. I trained for states though, so I’m prepared to have my best performance this Saturday,” Wilson said. 

Following Jack Wilson, Sophomore Jack Kelke 22’ finished 3rd in 15:48, the first underclassman to finish. Joey Rinke 21’ finished 12th place in 16:12, followed by Zander Cobb 21’ in 14th place in 16:16, and Luke Schwartz 20’ in 15th place in 16:16, all receiving All-Region recognition. Other romeo runners included Charlie Wilson 20’ in 19th place in 16:24 and Johnathan Craun 20’ in 43rd place in 17:07.

Both the men’s and women’s JV runners won the JV races for the Bulldogs as well.

“We ran solid. The boys were a little disappointed that they didn’t win, but they have their minds set for states. Our goal was to have our best race at states, and I still firmly believe that’s going to happen,” Coach Buslepp said.

For the 2nd year in a row, both the mens’ and womens’ cross country teams find themselves headed to the State Finals next Saturday, Nov. 2 at MIS. The women’s race will go off at 2:10 pm Saturday, followed by the men’s race at 3:30 pm.

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