Cross Country: All State Runner William Minnette Leads Saline to 4th Place Finish at State Meet

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 11/02/2019 - 23:40

The Saline boys cross country team raced to a fourth-place finish at the MHSAA Division 1 Championship held Saturday at Michigan International Speedway.

Regional champion Will Minnette capped his high school cross country career with a ninth-place finish to pace the Hornets.

Saline finished with 192 points. Brighton won the state championship with 136 points. Dexter was second (154) and Clarkston was third (190).

Minnette completed the 5K race in 15:45.8 - good for eighth. Last year, he narrowly missed placing in the top 30 to earn all-state honors. He was more than 36 seconds faster than he was in last year’s race.

The race was won by Plymouth’s Carter Solomon in 15:01.2.

Saline senior Christopher Van Dyke (61st, 16:25.3) and junior Joseph Fedoronko (62nd, 16:25.5) were next over the line. They were followed by senior Jonathan Speers (67th, 16:28.7). Jacob Brunty (77th, 16:32.7) also figured into the Hornet scoring.

Senior Cole Trese (89th, 16:37.0) and junior Emmett Berryhill (180th, 17:12.6) also raced for the Hornets.

A few notes:

  • Speers’ time of 16:28.7 was the second-best of his career - behind Portage, a course some have said was less than 5K. Speers was all-region and also raced in first state meet. Not bad for a kid who didn’t run in the regional as a junior.

  • Fedoronko returned from injury for the regional and managed to earn all-region honors. He shaved another 14 seconds off his time Saturday. Fedoronko and Berryhill figure to be the leaders coming back.

  • Van Dyke’s time of 16:25.3 was four seconds of his best time ever (Portage, again). Other than that, it was his best.  Van Dyke is yet another runner who went from junior varsity at year’s regional, to all-region and scoring member of a top team at the state meet.

  • Brunty was a hair slower than his all-region time but still finished in the scoring. Last year, Brunty was 162nd in 17:16. So he’s more than 47 seconds faster and he leaped more than 90 places.

  • Minnette was a little slower than his regional championship time. He raced in his third state meet. As a sophomore, he was 162nd in 16:59. He improved to 32nd in 16:12 and this year went even further - 9th in 15:45.8.

  • Trese raced in his second state meet. The all-region senior improved from 132nd to 87th by improving his time from 17:03 to 16:37.

  • Berryhill didn’t run at the regional. But Coach Carl Spina decided to insert him in Saline’s seven. It was Berryhill’s second straight state meet. He was slightly faster than last year.

  • The Hornets exacted some revenge on Pioneer, which won last week's regional and the previous week's SEC Red jamboree. Saline defeated Pioneer by 47 points. SEC Red teams: Saline, 4th, 192; Pioneer, 8th, 237; Skyline, 13th, 329;

  • Saline finished the season with the SEC Red Championship, a second-place finish in the region, a fourth-place finish in the state, and a regional champion and all-state runner in William Minnette.


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