Bryce Tinson ‘20: The cross country season went just as expected for both the girls and boys teams. The boys team had two runners get All-State Honors, along with one from the girls team. Each team came in first in three or more races this season.
“We were really confident that we could win counties, regionals, and even give teams a run for their money at states. We knew we had great stuff in us and we proved that to everyone else,” Luke Schwartz ‘20 said.
The boys team raced phenomenally this year, with Jack Wilson ‘20, Brenden Allen ‘18, Nick Behring ‘18, Jarrett St. John ‘18, Andrew Goodrich ‘18, Cameron Bourgeois ‘18, and Charlie Wilson ‘20 making it to the state finals race for the boys team. They finished as the fourth best team in the state of Michigan, as well as top five finishes in all, but three out of their fifteen races. Jack Wilson finished in ninth place at states, as a sophomore. Not only that, but he set a Romeo record with a time of 15:25. Allen wasn’t far behind him, having a great year himself. He finished sixteenth at finals, and also ended up in fifth in the Romeo record books with a time of 15:38.5. Both Allen and Wilson earned All-State Honors for their race at the state finals. The boys expect an even better season next year with Wilson and a lot of young talent returning.
“I expect next year to be just as good, if not better.” Wilson ‘20 said. “We’re all going to come back faster and stronger as a group.”
The girls made it all the way to regionals, where the team was unable to qualify, except for two runners, Madelyn Malczewski ‘20 and Hannah Toner ‘18. The team, as a whole did a great job, coming in fifth place or higher in four races, with a total seven top ten finishes. Malczewski and Toner raced extremely well at states. Malczewski finished in 19th, giving her the All-State title, and Toner finished in 100th. Malczewski is yet another sophomore, looking forward to a bright future in the program. Her time of 18:12 stands in fourth on the all-time record for the girls team. Next year they return most of their racers from this year, making it look like a bright season ahead.
“I’m really happy with how we performed this year, but the goal next year is states, and we won’t accept anything less,” Malczewski ‘18 said.
Both teams are ready to train hard this off season, and ready to accomplish their goal of returning to states next year.