Cross Country Takes #1 at The Michigan State Spartan Invitational

The following story was written by a student enrolled in HDV’s Journalism Production course.

By: Ryan Paris ’22

The cross country team took a trip up to Michigan State university to compete in a largely anticipated race. Both the girls and boys team finished first in the event. They finished ahead of the number 1 ranked schools in the state of Michigan. 

Zach Whitney,  HDV boys cross country senior captain and runner, explained, β€œOur goal was to win the race…We went in knowing it was going to be a challenge but we had a strong feeling we were going to be able to take home the trophy”. 

Alyssa Mason, HDV girls cross country senior captain and runner, explained the challenges the girls cross country team faced at the race, explaining they were in a rougher situation because of having short numbers. 

She stated,. β€œWe knew we didn’t have our entire varsity lineup and wanted to see how well we could score without 4 and 5 scorers.” Their goals were a little different than the boys, but they also came away in first place.. 

Alyssa stated, β€œOverall I think our team handled this race well considering the circumstances and the competitive atmosphere.” HDV girls cross country coach Nate King explained the many reasons they attended the event. β€œ We go to MSU to challenge ourselves with unfamiliar competition and better teams than we can find in local meets. The heightened challenge prepares us well for the postseason races like regional and state.” They definitely accepted the challenge and ran with it. Coach King also talked about how he felt they did. β€œWe did well. We held out two varsity runners for health reasons and were able to still compete with high quality teams from Ohio and Michigan.” 

The boys and girls teams both have high hopes for the rest of the season. So far, they have been able to do really well and they are not done yet.

Photo taken by Pat Puhl