Gaylord boys make it three in a row. The GHS boys XC won the 42nd annual Delta/Al Kayner Invite this Saturday, defeating second place Ogemaw Heights by a score of 109-219. Top runner for GHS was, once again, Charlend Howard in a fine time of 10:29 in 9th place. Charlend's time today ranks him as the third fastest GHS boy in the last 8 years on the flat Delta course, right behind Nick Lewis and Chris Olds. Just a step behind, in his best race of the year, was Nate Fischer. Nate has been steadily improving and the flat, fast course played right to his strength - speed. #3 man for the Devils was Joe Jones and #4 was solid Ian Callison. A fast improving Bryan Slocum rounded out varsity scoring. Joe was not on top form today, he needs a tougher hillier hotter race to be at his best and Delta was none of that. Bryan continues to get faster and is approaching where he was last year - another couple weeks and I'm confident he'll be there. The varsity was rounded out by Jake Pasternak and Sean Hope.
On the girls side, the GHS harriers arguably had their best showing of the '10 campaign with their 18th straight Delta win. Dave Wenzel's dominating teams of the 90's started the streak and these ladies kept it alive today. Led by a great 1-2 punch of Amanda Olds 5th overall in 12:09 and Megan Borgeson 6th in 12:10 the ladies scored 91 points to easily outdistance Ogemaw at 219 points. These two girls run very well together and their times today put them right on the mark Amanda ran back in '08 when she achieved all-state status. I've been keeping the records that Dave Wenzel started back in 80's and their times today rank them as the 4th and 5th fastest girls ever on this course - only being bettered by Thereseann Zimmerman, Sloan Secord and Amber Kassuba. Anna Kassuba was #3 scorer with her best Delta time in her four year varsity career. #4 and 5 girls were Katelynn Dreyer and Maria Warren, both bettering last years times and solidifying our win with good races. Noelle Warren and Krystin Dreyer rounded out our varsity on the day. A highlight of the GHS performances was the 1-2-3-4-6 finish of the lady blue devil JV runners. Geena Duff earned her varsity spot back (after a tough viral sickness) with a huge 25+ second win (and 4th fastest time of the day on the team) followed by Paige Hypio, Dawn, Pagels, Nicole Wehner, and Erin Borgeson. these JV girls were truly the class of the field and would have definitely scored well in the VARSITY race as a team. I was especially impressed with Erin Borgeson's performance.