Romeo Cross country capped another successful season last Saturday November 2nd at Michigan International Speedway for the annual State Finals, of which the Bulldogs secured two more individual All-State finishes and two top-ten team finishes, among the best State showing for the Bulldogs in school history.
On the women’s side, the team finished 8th with 282 points– the highest womens’ team finish at states in school history. Leading the Bulldogs, Madelyn Malczewski 20’ finished the 5000m course 24th in 18:32.3, securing her second All-State finish in her career. The first being from her Sophomore year when she finished 19th.
“I think it was a great race for all of us. Our team beat expectations and I managed to salvage a All-State finish following a long injury this summer,” Malczewski said.
Following Malczewski, Freshman Madison Chlor 23’ finished 56th in 19:24, among the top 5 Freshman finishers in the state. Next, Rachel Felstow 22’ finished 67th in 19:28, followed by Sarah Greb 22’ of 107th place in 19:50. Senior Barret Schettler 20’ completed the bulldog’s strong display with a 179th place finish in 20:34. Other Romeo runners included Amanda Felstow 22’ of 193rd place in 20:42 and Sarah Ross 22’ of 195th place in 20:43.
On the men’s side, the Bulldogs finished 7th with 218 pts. Jack Wilson 20’ led the Bulldogs with his 3rd consecutive All-State finish, finishing 8th in 15:45.6. Wilson finished 9th at States his Sophomore year and 11th his Junior year.
”I’m very proud of my performance. I’ve always wanted to improve my state-performance from my Sophomore season, and I feel like I accomplished that,” Wilson said.
Sophomore Jack Kelke 22’ ended a great season with a 33rd place finish in 16:06, among the top 5 underclassman finishers. Kelke just missed All-State recognition, of which the top 30 finishers receive.
In only a matter of seconds, Zander Cobb 21’ of 92nd place in 16:38.0, Joey Rinke 21’ of 94th place in 16:38.1, and Luke Schwartz 20’ of 102nd place in 16:39.6 clinched the 7th place finish for the Bulldogs. Others Romeo runners included Jonathan Craun 20’ of 110th place in 16:43 and Charlie Wilson 20’ of 127th place in 16:52.
The combined finishes for both the mens and womens teams serves as the best overall showing for Romeo cross country at the State finals in school history.
“The State meet was an amazing experience for our two programs. The program is in good hands going forward, and the kids are dedicated to the sport, and continue to want to get better,” coach Buslepp said.
In what marks the end of another great season for Coach Buslepp and his athletes, many historic accomplishments were achieved this year alone, including the mens’ lowest score in County meet history, sweeping the county and conference in all events, the first regional title for the women, and the best combined finish at the State finals in school history.
Regardless of the end result, Coach Buslepp has proved that Romeo Cross Country is a program not to be reckoned with, one that will continue to rock the State for years to come.