Gabe Peraino ’22: The boys and girls cross country teams closed the season on yet another high note at the state finals.

Entering the final competition, the girls qualified for the fourth straight year by finishing in second place at regionals. Madison Clor ‘23 and Amanda Felstow ‘22 lead the way for the Bulldogs as well as being named all regional runners. Rachel Felstow ‘22, Violet Hrabovsky ‘25, and Sarah Greb’ 22 also ran great.

For the boys, they won their third straight regional title in convincing fashion. Romeo claimed first, second, and third place finishes with Jack Kelke ‘22 earning the Regional Championship, Owen Sharnas ‘22 finishing runner-up, and Connor Clor ‘24 getting third place. Those three and Jack Wallace ‘22 received all regional runner titles as well.

“I love this team and what we have been able to accomplish together,” Emily Felstow ‘22 said.

After both teams qualified for it, the Bulldogs did not disappoint at the state finals.

On Saturday, November 6th, the Michigan International Speedway hosted the final run of the year. Both the boys and the girls gave it their absolute best as they fought all the way to the bitter end.

The girls team finished the season by placing in sixth place. Madison Clor ‘24 finished with her best timed score of the year and an all state runner mention.

The boys team finished in fifth place. All state runner awards went to Owen Sharnas ‘22 and Jack Kelke ‘22 as they all finished their careers in the top three ever in Romeo history.

“I’m really happy with how both the girls and boys teams did. We couldn’t expect much more than last year, considering we lost two of our top guys,” Brendan Wiegand ‘22 said. “I am really happy I was able to participate in the program these last four years and give it my all throughout it.”

All in all, both the girls and cross country teams gave the Romeo community another memory. Considering how well last year’s team ran, this season contained so many expectations with the bar being set to high. The boys and girls did not disappoint.

Although the seniors are moving on, the cross country program’s future is very bright in the years to come.

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