Charlie Wilson ’20: Cross country competed in their 4th race of the season Saturday, October 5th, in the annual Macomb County meet at Saint Clair Metropark. Ending in another amazing performance for Coach Buslepp and his athletes, the Bulldogs dominated the competition in all races, winning the men’s and women’s County Championships.
For the 3rd year in a row, the men’s varsity team claimed the honor of Macomb County champs, winning the meet with a record-breaking score of 18 points, finishing nearly 100 points ahead of 2nd place Dakota with 119 points. Jack Wilson ’20 won his 3rd individual County title, finishing the 5000m course in a time of 15:49.
“It was a good race. The team ran great and I really went after it the last mile to see what I can do,” Wilson said.
Jack Kelke ’22 edged out 3rd place Elijah Dicerbo of Fraser at the finish to become County runner-up, with a personal best time of 16:12. Next, Zander Cobb ’21 finished 4th with 16:16, followed by Charlie Wilson ’20 in 5th with 16:29, and Joey Rinke ’21 in 6th with 16:31. Johnothan Craun ’20 also delivered a stunning performance, finishing 9th with a time of 16:37, followed by Luke Schwartz ’20 in 11th in 16:38. All Romeo men’s varsity runners received All-County recognition.
The women also put on a robust performance, winning their 4th County title in a row with a score of 32 points. Madelyn Malczewski ’20, in her debut of the season after an injury forced her to sit out the previous meets, won her 2nd individual county title with a time of 18:41.
“It went well for my first race of the season. I’m super fortunate to have such a supportive team to help me get back and I’m excited for what’s next,” Malczweski said.
Next, top Freshman Madison Clor ’23 finished 6th in 19:54, followed by Rachel Felstow ’22 in 8th with 20:05 and Sarah Greb ’22 in 9th with 20:07. Barret Schettler ’20 also received All County recognition with a 12th place time of 20:26. Sarah Ross ’22 and Sydney Goodrich ’20 just missed All-county recognition, needing to get in the top 21 spots, but finished in 22nd place in and 25th place, respectively.
“We ran really, really tired today, but overall I’m proud of our performance,” Buslepp said. Buslepp shows no signs of slowing down in the future. “I hope to build a program that shows our competitiveness in not only the county, but also the state for years to come, ” he said.
Next up, Romeo faces off against opponents from the MAC Red Conference in the annual conference meet October 17th at Stony Creek Metropark.