By David Troppens
The Lake Fenton varsity boys cross country team is supposed to be in a semi-rebuilding year.
But maybe the Blue Devils don’t know it.
The Lake Fenton boys won the Laker Cross Country Invitational crushing the field Saturday.
Led by Joseph Gilbert’s first-place finish, the Blue Devils scored just 27 team points, while second-place Deckerville was a distant second with 74 points. Mayville took third with 75 points.
The Lake Fenton girls were competitive in its race, taking third with 70 points. Harbor Beach won with 51 points while Cass City took second with 65 points. Deckerville placed fourth with 71 points.
The race gave the team more than some strong results, according to Lake Fenton cross country coach Chris Sobczak.
“We were trying to shake things up this year and run different races,” Sobczak said. “A couple of my runners have family up in the thumb and I figure we would give their family an opportunity
to watch them race when they may not otherwise be able to.”
Gilbert was the team’s top individual performer, with his first-place time of 16:40.39. He was the only runner to finish the race in under 17 minutes, with Cass City’s Nick McArdle taking second in 17:02.86.
The Blue Devils’ boys had all five of their scorers finish within the top 11. Brenden Schroeder took fifth (17:53.14) while Colton Dietrich took sixth (18:06.92). Kyle Lewis placed eighth (18:09.07) and Kevin Lewis took 11th (18:38.95).
Aubrey Fray and Claire Hunt led the Lake Fenton girls while Fray taking seventh (22:00.99) and Hunt in eighth (22:12.89). The rest of Lake Fenton’s top five runners were Salina Mueller in 12th (22:51.67), Evelyn Riley in 21st (23:38.60) and Clare Mianecki in 42nd (27:43.74).