Linden — Alexa Keiser is entering her senior season.
Entering Wednesday’s first Metro League cross country jamboree, Fenton’s star runner was a perfect 9-for-9 during her first three years in jamborees on the Tigers’ squad.
She made it 10 straight jamboree victories, crushing the field in the 5K girls race with a time of 19:00.6 at Linden Middle School.
Keiser helped her team to a first-place finish with 26 points, 27 less points than second-place Flushing. Fenton’s varsity boys team was without its No. 1 runner, Adam Jesse, but it ended up not mattering too much as the Fenton boys won the men’s jamboree with 61 points, 27 points less than second-place Linden.
Both Fenton teams are three-time defending league champs, and Wednesday’s results seemingly suggest they are the clear-cut favorites to make it four straight league championships.
Keiser has some lofty goals this fall.
“I want to win all the Metros and create history a little bit,” Keiser said. “I don’t think (anyone has ever won 12 Metro races). Individually I want to win every Metro race and I want to break 18 minutes as a time goal.”
Both Fenton varsity squads dominated by posting their top five runners before anyone else had more than three runners finished.
Fenton’s female scorers placed first through 11th overall, finishing before any other squad had more than two runners done. Meanwhile, the Fenton boys had all five of their scorers finish within the top 21. At that time no other squad had more than three runners past the finish line. And, of course, the boys did this without Jesse in the lineup. Jesse is expected to be among the top three runners in the league this fall.
“Any time you lose your No. 1 runner and the other guys step up, it’s a huge effort for us,” Fenton varsity cross country coach Jesse Anderson said. “We asked some of our newer guys in scoring positions race smart and step up, and they sure did today.
“The girls are healthy and are raring to go, but I didn’t predict that scoring. You have to give them credit across the board. Our 2-3-4 girls stepped up huge. They really have improved upon their projections a lot, and they raced really strong all the way to the end.”
After Keiser, the rest of Fenton’s scoring five for the women were Kaitlin Bayer in fifth (20:43.8), Jessica Adams in sixth (20:50.6), Emily Grob in seventh (20:51.2) and Taylor Huntoon in 11th (21:19.4). Fenton’s other two top-seven runners were Chloe Lefever in 24th (22:18.5) and Avery Logan in 30th (22:43.9).
“I am so glad for our team,” Keiser said. “We had three girls that finished right next to each other, and that really helped. Our fifth girl, Taylor, really stepped up this year. It’s going to help us overall.”
The Fenton boys were led by Samuel Cox who took fourth in 16:47.9. Just seconds behind him Logan Canada placed fifth (16:50.7). The rest of Fenton’s scorers were Gage Bond in 11th (17:38.2), Remington Stapp in 20th (17:52.3) and Michael Crane in 21st (17:52.8).
Fenton’s other two top-seven runners were Aidan Brzezinski in 25th (18:01.7) and Dillon Bartholomew in 48th (19:01.5).
The meet made up 25 percent of the final standings. The second jamboree is September 25 at the Cummings Center.