The Hornet boys’ cross country team continues to impress their coach Allan Leslie.
Competing in windy, cold conditions, at the April Showers track meet at Dexter, Saline took 2nd place. First place East Kentwood outscored Saline, 112-97. Detroit Catholic Central was third with 53 points and Pioneer was third with 52 points.
“It was a good meet, overall, given the weather conditions. But we talked prior to the meet about running tough and competing hard,” Leslie said.
Distance runner Kevin Hall was an example of this, Leslie said.
“Hall was eight seconds down at one point and just kept grinding and on the last lap ran a 65 second split and ran down a Pioneer athlete during the last 30 yards of the race,” Leslie said.
Leslie was also impressed with runner Ryan Gauche.
“Ryan Gauche also ran tough all day. He just refuses to lose! You can tell it isn't in their DNA to lose. They will put themselves in tremendous pain to finish the race the right way,” Leslie said. “These are just two examples of many guys who compete hard. I like my team’s toughness, We’re not always the most gifted but I put this team up against any in the state in how we compete.”
Anthony Lamus, John Davis, Brian Diefenbach and Grant Praschan were first in the distance medley relay, a 4,000-meter race.
Saline won the 4-by-800 relay in 8:24.95. The Hornets were third in the 4-by-200 relay.
Saline was second in the 1600 meter sprint medley relay. Ryan Gauche, Skyler Bowden, Grant Vlahapolous and Ryan Wikie ran that race.
Wilkie, Elms, Lamus and Gauche were second in the 4-by-400 relay.
Jesse Ouellette, Kevin Gross, Vincent Olsen and Matthew Elms were second in the sprint medley replay.
Jesse Ouellete, Kevin Gross, Grant Vlahapolous and Adam Nowicki took sixth in the 4-by-100 relay.
Saline was third in the shuttle hurdle relay and third in the 300 hurdle relay, where Joey Leptich had the fourth fastest time.
In the field, the Hornets won the shot put relay. John Smutny was the top thrower of the day, throwing 50-07.5.
As a team, Saline was third in discus. Nic Sawyer lead the way for Saline with a throw of 124-01.
Saline was fourth in high jump. Joey Leptich’s leap of 6-01 was tied for best on the day.
Kaj Athaus and Vince Olsen each cleared 12-06 as Saline was second in pole vault.