Steven Rasper ‘21: Romeo Cross Country competed in their 5th race of the season at the Macomb County Championship hosted at Freedom Hill Amphitheatre on Friday, October 9th and Saturday, October 10th. A big win on both sides of the team as the guys and girls took home the victory as county champs. This makes it the boys 4th consecutive county championship and the girls 5th consecutive county championship victory.

The guys team won the county meet with an outstanding 27 points while Utica took 2nd with 83 points. Romeo’s top runner, Jack Kelke ‘22 who took 2nd in 16:01 with Zander Cobb ‘21 one place behind for 3rd in 16:05. Joey Rinke ‘21 and Owen Sharnas ‘22 took 6th in 16:39 and 7th in 16:41. Jack Wallace ‘22 came in 9th with a time of 16:56. Connor Clor ‘24 got 17th place in 17:36. Brendan Weigand placed 35th overall with a time of 18:19. The top 6 guys on the Romeo team obtained all county awards. 

Running at a very tough course, Romeo made it through and accomplished a well deserved victory.

“The course was pretty tough, you definitely had to have a strong second half and push on the uphill and work on chasing the people who went out too fast,” said Sharnas. 

The girls team won their county meet with an impressive 41 points with Utica in 2nd with 89 points. On the girls side, Madison Clor ‘23 placed 2nd in 19:23. Sarah Greb ‘22 only a few spots behind placed 5th in 20:02, Amanda Felstow ‘22 three spots behind placed 8th in a time of 20:13. Rachel Felstow ‘22 placed 11 in 20:53. Rose Paoletti ‘21 placed 15th in 21:00, two places behind Emily Felstow placed 17th in 21:05. Brianna Wiegand came in 26th at 21:37. The top 6 Romeo girl runners went on to secure all county awards.

With support from both the girl and guy teams, the Bulldogs resilience showed with two wins on a tough course.

“The Course was really hilly and tough but the competition was really good. The guys and girls team worked really hard together to race as best they could and push each other to the finish. I don’t think I would have made it up that big hill without the guys screaming at me,” said Jenna Knepper ‘21.

Romeo’s coach Michael Buslepp, looks onto Romeo’s exciting future with great hope for the team. 

“The team is doing great. Their performance at counties was a testament to their strength and dedication to this sport. I’m really proud of them and am looking forward to the future. This team has had some great performances so far and I can’t wait to see what they do next,” said Buslepp.

The Romeo cross country team prepares to run pre-regionals at their home course at Romeo High School.

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