Article and photo courtesy of MIPrepzone
By Jason Schmitt
CLARKSTON >> Things couldn’t have been much closer between Rochester Adams and Lake Orion at last week’s OAA Red boys championship race at Bloomer Park in Rochester Hills. The Dragons and Highlanders tied at the top with 54 points each. But the Dragons won the meet, as their sixth runner, Clayton Kuiper, finished one position ahead of Adams’ sixth man.
At Friday’s Division 1 pre-regional race at Clintonwood Park in Clarkston, Adams had a little something to prove to themselves — and the field.
The Highlanders had three runners finish top eight and their top six finished ahead of Lake Orion’s second runner, helping coach Eric Lohr’s team cruise to victory with a meet-low 46 points. Lake Orion finished runner-up with 79, followed by Clarkston (81) and Oxford (87).
“We talked about getting back to beating (Lake Orion) again,” said Lohr, whose team also defeated the Dragons in their dual race back on Sept. 16. “We raced really well today. The last two races, we’ve not been happy with. It was really about getting things right again.”
The Clarkston girls took first in their race, placing three runners in the top eight and finishing with 42 points. Rochester Adams placed its top three runners among the first nine and was just six points back of the Wolves in finishing second.
Senior Mathav Vignesh led the Highlander boys, finishing fourth overall in a time of 16:40.3. Senior Kaleb Price was sixth overall (16:45.4), while junior Zach Mazzuchi crossed the finish line eighth in a time of 16:46.2. Senior Alec Steimel (13th) and senior Gage Killewald (15th) also scored for Adams.
Lake Orion senior Nicholas Laurent finished third overall in a time of 16:25.2. Junior Will Houvener and sophomore Luke Peardon were 17th and 18th overall for the Dragons.
Clarkston junior Andrew Sesti won the race in a time of 16:07.4, well ahead of the field. Oxford’s Zach Patterson was runner-up in a time of 16:21.