In a strange Covid-19 season that has featured old-fashioned dual cross country meets, cancelled invitationals, social distancing rules between boys and girls teams, parents and coaches and a new round of the postseason called a “pre-regional,” the Roosevelt Bears have powered through.
Coach Jordan Thackery’s team capped the regular season with a fourth-place finish at the Downriver League league meet at Lake Erie Metropark on Oct. 15.
With just a second or so better time, that fourth-place showing could have easily been third or even second.
Woodhaven won the meet easily with 35 points, but Roosevelt engaged in a furious battle with Trenton and Southgate for the next spot. Anderson prevailed with 82 points, Trenton had 85 and Roosevet had 86. Carlson was fifth with 97 points and Lincoln Park brought up the rear with 133.
With the league-meet finish, Wyandotte finished fourth in the overall league standings.
As he has all season, junior Michael Makuch ran with the leaders. He was edged for the top spot by Woodaven’s Logan Lundgrun, who ran 16:49 to Makuch’s 16:51.
Roosevelt also got a strong run from Sam Rankine, whose 17:07 time was good for third place. But the rest of the Bear pack was not quite fast enough to capitalize on the two-three finish by Makuch and Rankine.
The next Wyandotte runner to cross the finish line was Marcus Monje, who was 24th in 19:03. He was followed home by teammates Riley Greene (27th, 19:21) and Josh Sotomayor (30th, 19:22).
To prepare for the league meet, Roosevelt ran in the competitive Gold Division of the Highlander Invitational hosted by Howell High School.
Although the team finished well back in the pack, Makuch made a statement by running fourth in 16:31. He beat out another top Downriver runner, Riverview freshman Logan Ruffner, who was fifth in 16:54. Rankine was also a top-10 finisher as he claimed ninth place in 17:12.
Monje, Greene and Lucas Pratt finished the Wyandotte scoring.
The Bears ran in a pre-regional race at Lake Erie Metropark on Oct. 22, but the results came after the Warrior’s deadline. From that eight-team meet, the top four teams and top seven individuals not affiliated with those teams advanced to the regionals. Regionals will be run on Halloween back at Lake Erie.
Girls second at league meet
On the girls’ side of the Downriver League league meet, Roosevelt finished second to league champ Woodhaven with 57 points. The Warriors scored 21.
With that finish, Roosevelt wrapped up third-place in the overall league standings behind Woodhaven and Carlson.
Roosevelt had a pair of strong finishes with Samantha Cost (20:11) placing third and Aubrey Migoski (20:15) placing fifth.
The rest of the Bears’ scoring five were Myah Greene (22:26) in 14th, Miranda Grant (22:57) in 16th, and Paige Chinavare (23:46) in 22nd.
At the Highlander Invitational, Roosevelt was fourth in the Gold Division, which was won by Vicksburg.
Migoski and Cost were the one-two runners again for the Bears, but they flipped positions with Migoski being first home with a 20:24 sixth-place finish and Cost a 20:25 seventh-place finish. Greene, Grant and Chinavre again finished the scoring.