Runners tested in second MAC division jamborees
By Thomas Franz
October 9, 2013
HARRISON TOWNSHIP — When the first cross country jamborees were held earlier this season for the MAC, runners were greeted with temperatures that nearly reached triple digits. For the second jamboree, runners had to deal with a different challenge from Mother Nature: the wind. Blustery conditions may have slowed runners a bit, but the weather did not stop the MAC’s top teams from performing well.
The MAC Red and Blue divisions held their second jamborees at Metro Beach on Oct. 1, and while the Huskies from Lakeview made the most noise in the Blue races, the girls from Grosse Pointe South and Romeo’s boys repeated their winning performances from the first MAC Red jamboree.
MAC Gold teams also ran their second jamboree Oct. 1; however, results were not available at press time. Visit our website for those results.
For the girls, Danielle Uppleger from Lakeview took home the individual title with a time of 21 minutes, 8 seconds. Uppleger helped her team to a 4-1 record overall, which was one win better than the first jamboree, when the Huskies went 5-2. Lakeview coach Megan Zimmerman, said that her team has been improving all season, and this jamboree showed it.
“They’ve been improving tremendously throughout the season. With Danielle, we’ve been talking about for a while winning this race and going out and have this be her best race, and for the other girls, it was the same thing — to run their personal best and run hard,” Zimmerman said.
Marine City went 5-0 in the girls competition to complete a 12-0 season in jamboree competition. Lakeview and Marysville finished in second with 9 -3 records.
Fraser’s girls were 2-3, followed by L’Anse Creuse (1-4) and Warren Cousino (0-5). Sterling Heights High and Madison Heights Lamphere did not record team scores.
Lakeview dominated the boys side of the event. Timmy Martin won the individual competition with a time of 17:04 to lead the Huskies, who had several other runners break the 17:30 mark to finish in the top 10. The Huskies finished with a 14-0 record in jamboree meets, but Zimmerman said that she is excited for the boys team to be getting into the heart of the season with regionals three weeks away.
“They are awesome. We set goals back in June, and they know what we expect, and they expect the same things out of themselves, so they run hard. This is all we’ve been talking about is getting to October. October is everything,” Zimmerman said.
Marine City finished second in the jamboree with a 6-1 record, followed by Sterling Heights (5-2), L’Anse Creuse (4-3), Marysville (3-4), Fraser 2-5, Lamphere (1-6) and Cousino (0-7).
Similar to the first jamboree, Romeo’s boys again took the top two places, but this time Alec Toreki edged Jacob Domagalski for the top individual place. Toreki finished with a time of 16:11, and Domagalski took second at 16:26. Toreki said that he and his teammate have been alternating victories against each other all season, but this performance wasn’t one of his best.
“Whoever feels better, really, that’s how it goes. Whoever recovered better the night before: who had pasta and who didn’t. We train together every day,” Toreki said. “It’s not what I should be running, but as of my times right now, it’s about average. If I was preparing for a race, it would not be good, but the last two weeks of training have been brutal.”
Thomas Michno, a freshman from L’Anse Creuse North, took third overall with a time of 17:03.
In team competition, Macomb Dakota took second with a 6-1 record, as senior Bradley Bates led the Cougars with a fourth-place time of 17:07.
On the girls side, Ersula Farrow once again led Grosse Pointe South to a 7-0 record. The junior finished with a time of 18:55 to pace the Blue Devils, who had five finishers in the top nine places.
Utica Eisenhower, Grosse Pointe North and Sterling Heights Stevenson all earned 5-2 records. Samantha Allmacher took second overall to lead Eisenhower with a time of 19:07. Sophomore Samantha Hanson led Stevenson with a fourth-place time of 19:17, and Sarah Rustmann was North’s top finisher at tenth place with a time of 20:01.
About the author
Staff Writer Thomas Franz covers Macomb Township, Chippewa Valley Schools and the Macomb County Board of Commissioners for the Macomb Township Chronicle. He also covers sports primarily for the Shelby-Utica News. He has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2013 and attended Michigan State University.
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