Grosse Pointe South girls, Romeo boys win big at MAC Red jamboree
There was much debate as to whether the MAC Red and Gold jamborees would be run Sept. 10 as temperatures soared into the high 90s. After a brief delay, coaches voted in favor of running the event, and the girls from Grosse Pointe South proceeded to get off to a quick start and never looked back, taking the team title at the MAC Red jamboree.
The MAC Red jamboree took place at Delia Park in Sterling Heights.
Ersula Farrow gained an early lead on the field and ran an intelligent race to not only beat the heat, but the other competitiors ,as well.
“Ersula is just so good. Her role was to set a tone for our team. She’s that beacon out front that we focused on and then everybody got in what we wanted them to do based on Ersula," South head coach Steve Zaranek said. "She ran really smart, enough to win with no trouble, but also not so hard to let the heat get to her.”
Farrow's first place time of 20 minutes, 13 seconds was 27 seconds faster than her closest competition, teammate Kelsie Schwartz. South took four of the top five places and six of the top 10, with senior Alexa Calas coming in fourth, sophomore Anna Piccione in fifth, and juniors Mary Spencer and Megan Sklarski finishing in seventh and 10th, respectively.
"Even though the (heat) index was just slightly under the limit, we should not have run today, but we were ready. Our South girls have been running very strong, and they were just ready for all conditions and it showed today," Zaranek said.
Grosse Pointe North placed six girls in the top 30 to finish second in the team competition, and Utica Eisenhower took third, as senior Samantha Allmacher took third overall with a time of 20:50 to lead the Eagles.
On the boys side, Romeo teammates Jacob Domagalski and Alec Toreki paced off of each other to claim the top two spots. Domagalski broke away at the end to win in 17:17; Toreki finished in 17:26.
“Both are great runners; they train together. Jacob might get him one day, and then Alec might get him the next day. In the last race, Alec ended up winning, so it's any given day. I really believe that we have one of the best one-two combinations in the state with those two," Romeo coach Michael Buslepp said.
Romeo would place two more runners, Mitch O'Hair and Chris Frazer, in the top 10 to claim the boys team title.
Macomb Dakota took second in the team competition by placing five runners in the top 20, with senior Bradley Bates finishing fourth overall in a time of 18:13. Utica took third, as senior Andrei Rotar finished third overall to lead the Chieftains with a time of 17:46.
Clawson siblings make MAC Gold meet a family affair
The Roseville High boys cross country squad took home the team title, as the Panthers had six runners place in the top 15 in the race. Roseville senior Maleek Thomas finished second with a time of 19:17.
Clawson High junior Anthony Pizzo took home the individual title at the Jamboree, finishing with a time of 18:38. Pizzo and Thomas were the only two runners to finish in under 20 minutes.
Pizzo’s sister — Clawson High freshman Katlyn Pizzo — won the girls individual title with a time of 20:29, besting the second-place finisher, Center Line High senior Haley Boccomino (23:19), by 2:50.
Lake Shore’s girls squad took home the team title, with four runners finishing in the top 10 in the run.
South Lake junior Liam Steen placed third in the boys race with a time of 20:35, followed by Lake Shore senior Jacob Kler (20:41). Roseville junior Anthony Moss (20:43) rounded out the top five in the boys race.
On the girls side, South Lake junior Emily Ferrera placed third with a time of 25:04. Lake Shore junior Hailey Lynch (26:10) finished fourth, with Lake Shore junior Samantha Costanzo (27:51) rounding out the top five.
MAC White, Blue jamborees postponed
MAC White and Blue jamborees were postponed due to weather conditions, as the heat index reached 104 degrees Sept. 10.
No makeup date was announced at press time.
The second MAC White Jamboree is slated for Sept. 24 at Warren Mott High School. The second MAC Blue Jamboree is slated for Oct. 1 at Metro Beach Metro Park.
The second MAC Red Jamboree is slated for Oct. 1 at Metro Beach. MAC Gold Jamboree No. 2 is set for Oct. 1 at Center Line High.