The Dexter High School cross country teams competed in the Jackson Invitational Sept. 21-22.
Girls' Coach Cheryl McLean said of the races, “The Jackson Invitational was a success for both our varsity and our reserve runners. Many girls ran their fastest times of their running careers.”
The reserve girls swept the top spots in their race, taking seven of the first nine places out of 176 participants: Robin Jackson (1st), Elise Dombkowski (2nd) Madeleine Nicholas (3rd), Charlotte Read (4th), Marissa Butler (7th), Grace Latshaw (8th) and Caroline Darr (9th). Five more reserve girls finished in the top 50.
In the boys’ reserve race, seven Dexter runners finished in the top 50 out of 276 runners. Twenty-eight teams competed in the reserve meet on Friday.
On Saturday, the varsity teams competed in the Division 1 races.
In the girls’ varsity race, Alex Ammann joined sisters Cailin and Alison McLean at the top of the Dexter runners. They each finished the course in under 20 minutes. Six Dexter varsity athletes finished in the top 50 finishers out of 158 athletes in Division 1.
Leaders in the boys’ varsity race were Matt Greve (16:07.50), Mike Hauke (16:36.00) and Joe Wendorf (16:46.50), all of whom finished in under 17 minutes.
"Joe (Wendorf) I thought did a wonderful job considering he was sick the last few days. He still went out with Matt (Greve) and held on. He's not the type to fall apart on me in the middle of the race so I wasn't worried about him," coach Takashi Gould said. "If he was healthy he'd be right with Matt, just like in the other races and at all the practices. I'm looking forward to seeing him get healthy."
Every Dexter boys’ varsity athlete finished the race in under 18 minutes. They were among 180 competitors in the Division 1 race.
"We got off to a great start, and Matt Greve was leading the race at 150m looking comfortable and then the official fired the gun again, calling for a re-start because some kid in the back of the field got tangled up and caused a small pile-up," Gould said. "I thought the guys did a great job of not letting that get to their heads and raced tough."
"We had a lot of young guys set personal records and hit benchmarks. Overall there was a wonderful attitude from the entire crew. We saw a lot of guys challenge themselves and run together," he said.
Coach McLean said of the athletes: "We continue to set new goals and reach them. The girls are working really, really hard at practice and it shows.”
On Thursday, the teams will be heading to Willow Metropark in New Boston to compete in the second SEC meet of the year. This brings the teams to about the halfway mark of the season, with the state meet on Nov. 3.