2021 CROSS COUNTRY SCHEDULE
Saturday, August 21st at 9:30 a.m. - Ryan Shay Relay
Saturday, August 28th, at 9:00 a.m. - Benzie Invite
Friday, September 17th at 12:50 p.m. - Spartan Invite
Wednesday, September 22nd at 4:00 p.m. - Inland Lakes Invite
Saturday, September 25th at 9:30 a.m. - Petoskey Invite
Wednesday, October 6th at 6:30 p.m. - Mancelona Invite (J.V. ONLY)
Saturday, October 9th at TBA - Portage Invite (VARSITY ONLY)
Wednesday, October 13th at TBA - Conference Meet
Saturday, October 23rd - Middle School Cross Country at Michawye
Saturday, October 30th - Regionals (VARSITY ONLY)
Saturday, November 6th - State Meet (VARSITY ONLY)
J-L makes statement at Pete Moss
By Andrew Rosenthal Record Eagle
BENZONIA — Normally teams that finish 23rd at the state finals don’t set their sights on winning the state title the following year.
Yet that’s exactly the mantra of this year’s Johannesburg-Lewiston boys cross country team, who made quite the statement Saturday at Benzie Central’s annual Pete Moss Invite.
Both Joburg’s boys and girls teams won the “Small School” boys and girls races among a massive field of teams who entered from all over Michigan. Junior Jacob Wartenberg won the boys race at 17:14 followed by three Cardinals in the top-10. Adelaida Gascho led the Cardinals girls team with a second place finish at 19:44.
Joburg was ranked 11th in Division 4 boys and 5th in girls by MI XC Speed Ratings in the preseason.
“This means we work together as a team,” Wartenberg said. “We work with the team, not against the team.”
Blake Fox, a Joburg sophomore who took third, said he felt terrible after the race, but it was a personal record by a lot. He raced a 20:04 at last year’s finals and shaved almost three minutes off that time by Saturday.
Malaki Gascho took 5th with a time of 17:24 (leading last year’s Cardinals at the finals with a time of 18:59). Toby Hall took 15th at 17:59 and Ronin Vaden took 17th at 18:01.
Fox said the Cardinal’s goal heading into Saturday was just to be known.
“I’m feeling really good,” Adelaida Gascho said, who improved on her finals time by almost two minutes. “I just had to keep my head up and push through the doubts I had in my head, but I didn’t have many.”
Joburg first-year head coach Brenden Marcum, a former runner for the University of Michigan, said Saturday showed that Cardinals are willing to work in the offseason.
“This race was successful because of January, February and March,” Marcum said. “They didn’t do well today. They did well in the winter and today was just the day to just show everybody.”
Miranda McNeil of Morley Stanwood won the girls race with a time of 19:42, beating Adelaida Gascho by two seconds.
Races were run with temps reaching into the low 90s with high humidity. Several runners threw up at the finish line and crashed into the benches as their legs gave way.
The race drew 50 schools with more than 1,200 runners racing between two boys races, two girls races, and two JV races separated by school size.
Johannesburg-Lewiston cross country sends a message in first meet
OTSEGO COUNTY -- Johannesburg-Lewiston cross country is starting to build the pieces together on the boys and girls side as they enter the fall season and last Saturday's Pete Moss Invitational was the perfect chance to put it on display.
The Cardinals captured both the boys and girls small division races at Benzie Central. The boys team won their race by over 100 points over Reed City. The girls team finished 8th in the state meet last fall and are hoping for a climb in the standings this November while the boys team should have little issue improving on their 23rd place finish at the finals last season.
We caught up with head coach Brenden Marcum along with junior Adelaida Gascho and sophomore Malaki Gascho to see how the early season victory can go a long way towards reaching their later season goals.
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