In Cross Country, a long-used benchmark for solid team depth is “the spread” – the amount of second that elapses between a team’s first runner, and it’s 5th, and final scorer. The benchmark for elite depth using this measurement is traditionally 1 minute. The Fenton Boy’s varsity team took that standard one step further on Friday during the Saline Early Bird Invitational at Huron Meadows Metropark in Brighton: the Fenton Harriers saw their first 6 runners finish in the span of 60 seconds, a sign of great potential for the rest of their campaign.
In a very competitive race laden with D1 state team-title competitors, Sophomore Adam Jesse put up another impressive performance, finishing 14th in a PR-time of 16:38 – also his first time under 17:00 on a cross country 5k course. Jesse was followed closely by Junior Nolan Day and Senior Mitchell Chabot in 23rd and 24th, respectively, in times of 17:03 and 17:04. A trio of PRs came through next, with Senior Peter Kennings, Sophomore Ben Sheffield, and Freshman Sam Cox finishing 45th, 47th, and 49th with times of 17:31, 17:32, and 17:33, capping off an impressive 55 seconds of rapid fire finishes among the varsity top 6. Sophomore Logan Canada continued his impressive debut season in XC, joining the sub 18 club in 17:51. The 7 varsity finishers under 18:00 was the 3rd straight season Fenton has managed the feat over the course of a single race, and easily the earliest they achieved the feat in the course of a season.
The Boys Varsity Cross Country squad opens up their league season Wednesday, September 6th, at Goodrich Middle School for the Metro League’s 1st XC Jamboree. The defending Metro League Champion Tigers Harriers expect to face stiff competition in their quest for a repeat, mainly from a very experienced and in-form Linden Eagles team, among the usual Metro League XC powers.