Macomb CountyOctober 22, 2013
Stevenson girls, Romeo boys take county titles
By Thomas Franz
C & G Sports Writer
Tracking the boys race
Here’s a rundown of the how all the boys teams finished in the Macomb County cross country meet.
5. De La Salle
6. SH Stevenson
7. Sterling Heights
9. Anchor Bay
11. Chippewa Valley
12. L’Anse Creuse
14. Lutheran North
15. Utica Ford
16. Warren Mott
17. L’Anse Creuse
20. Warren Cousino
21. Warren Woods Tower
22. Lake Shore
23. Parkway Christian
24. Center Line
25. South Lake
26. Warren Lincoln
Girls race rundown
* Warren Regina captured the Division 2 county crown.
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Championship season for Sterling Heights Stevenson began successfully, as the Titans took home the girls Macomb County title with 78 points at Stony Creek Metropark on Oct. 12.
Sophomore Samantha Hanson led the Titans with a fourth-place finish with a time of 19 minutes, 31 seconds. Her fellow sophomore teammate, Allison Shannon, finished 20 seconds behind her to finish fifth overall. Despite being in season for more than a month now, Titans coach Kevin Hanson said that his team prepared as if the county meet counted as the first meet of the year.
“It was a really good team performance. Everybody approaches the season differently, and to me, this is the first meet. Everything up to this was getting ready for now, but now it’s championship time. Everything before this was preparation for this,” Hanson said.
Individually, Gina Patterson, of Lutheran North, took first place overall with a time of 18:45. Patterson, who was last year’s state champion for Division 3, was pleased with her time.
“I’m very happy with my time. It was a good time, and I was just blessed to be able to keep running a strong time with this kind of competition and this kind of course, so it was good,” Patterson said.
Utica Eisenhower’s Samantha Allmacher finished second with a time of 19:21 to lead the Eagles to a third-place finish. Marah Pugh, of Dakota, took third overall in 19:26.
Regina’s team took home second place overall and first place in Division 2 with 90 points. Eisenhower was third with 101. Romeo took fourth with 104, and Lutheran North rounded out the top-five with 105.
On the boys side, Alec Toreki and Jacob Domagalski led Romeo to the team championship with second- and fourth-place finishes, respectively. Toreki finished in 16:21, while Domagalski ran the course in 16:44. Despite the performance of his top two runners, Romeo coach Mike Buslepp said the difference-maker for his team came from his fifth runner.
“There’s a lot of guys who stepped up today. Noah Domagalski ran phenomenal today. He was our five; he hasn’t been our five all year, and he was in the 50s with a mile left to go, so he passed at least 20 runners,” Buslepp said.
Noah Domagalski placed 32nd with a time of 17:49.
Warren De La Salle’s Mickey Davey won the individual title with a time of 15:51.
“I felt really good. We’ve been doing a lot of hard training, and this last week, we did less miles but more speed work, and I think my legs responded well to that because I felt much better than previous races,” Davey said.
Macomb Dakota’s Bradley Bates finished third overall at 16:44, and De La Salle’s Matt Molinaro finished fifth in 16:52.
In team competition, Romeo won with 75 points, Dakota took second with 83, Lakeview placed five runners in the top-30 to finish third with 93 points, Utica took fourth with 111 and De La Salle finished fifth with 143.