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Local runners vie for Macomb County cross county titles

By: Jason Carmel Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published October 11, 2019

 Macomb Lutheran North’s Amanda Wood looks to keep pace at the Macomb County cross country championships Oct. 5. Wood finished third with a time of 19 minutes, 2 seconds. Wood was one of 140 girls to run in the county meet.

Macomb Lutheran North’s Amanda Wood looks to keep pace at the Macomb County cross country championships Oct. 5. Wood finished third with a time of 19 minutes, 2 seconds. Wood was one of 140 girls to run in the county meet.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Cross country athletes from programs across Macomb County took to the trails at Lake St. Clair Metropark to battle for the 2019 boys and girls cross country titles.

In total, 24 boys teams and 19 girls squads competed Oct. 5 at the county championships. Romeo High swept the championships for the second straight year. The Bulldogs boys notched 18 points, while the girls tallied 32. Romeo in the boys 5,000-meter run had six runners finish in the top 10. The Bulldogs girls had four athletes finish in the top 10 of that race.

“Romeo is pretty good,” Warren Regina coach Gregg Golden said. “They’ve got a great program and great coaches.”

The boys race comprised 165 runners, while 140 girls hit the trails.

Races are scored by assigning a point value for the place a runner finishes in.

Romeo runners win girls race for second straight year
Romeo senior Madelyn Malczewski won the girls race with a time of 18 minutes, 40 seconds. Malczewski improved on her time from 2018, when she won a county title with a time of 19:42.

Locally, Warren Regina and Macomb Lutheran North were well-represented in the top 10.

Regina sophomore Grace Zdankiewicz finished second with a time of 18:56. Lutheran North senior Amanda Wood took third at 19:02. Regina sophomore Jessica Jarski (19:54) finished fifth, while Lutheran North sophomore Allison Starkey placed seventh with a time of 20:00.

Regina as a team finished second with 82 points. Sterling Heights Stevenson (110), Macomb Dakota (118) and Lutheran North (133) rounded out the top five.

Golden, who saw two of the Regina racers earn All-County honors, said his team ran well.

“(Zdankiewicz and Jarski) both ran extremely well,” Golden said. “(Zdankiewicz) was in the front pack right from the start. She’s gotten much better at racing. She’s not just a runner — she’s quite the accomplished racer.”

Golden said Jarski’s run marked the best time of her high school career. He said the sophomore ran a really strong race.

“I couldn’t be happier for both of them,” Golden said. “It’s nice to see them get some validation of the hard work they put in. The sky’s the limit for both of them.”

Utica Eisenhower took sixth with 148 points. Utica High (181) and Utica Ford II (201) finished seventh and eighth, respectively. Clinton Township Chippewa Valley took 10th with 316 points.

Locally, St. Clair Shores Lakeview (357), Macomb L’Anse Creuse North (365), Warren Mott (379), Warren Cousino (385), Warren Woods Tower (400), St. Clair Shores Lake Shore (489), Sterling Heights High (505) and Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse (518) all competed.

Boys race winner takes first by 23 seconds
Romeo senior Jack Wilson won the boys race with a time of 15:49. His teammate, sophomore Jack Kelke, took second at 16:12.

Locally in the top 10, Fraser High junior Elijah DeCerbo took third at 16:14, and Macomb Dakota junior Jacob Harberts (16:35) finished eighth.

Dakota finished second with 119 points, followed by Utica High (122 points). Fraser finished fourth with 143 points, while Warren De La Salle rounded out the top five with 171 points.

Locally, Macomb L’Anse Creuse North finished seventh with 236 points. Utica Ford II (273) took ninth; Utica Eisenhower (306) placed 11th; and Warren Cousino (325) was 12th, followed by Macomb Lutheran North (383 points), Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse (392) and Warren Woods Tower (429).

Clinton Township Chippewa Valley finished 17th with 451 points, followed by Sterling Heights High (481), St. Clair Shores Lake Shore (487), St. Clair Shores Lakeview (494), Sterling Heights Stevenson (506), Warren Mott (537), Roseville High (656) and Warren Fitzgerald (732).

Next up are regionals, set for Oct. 25-26 at various sites.

The state finals take place Nov. 2 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.