Hard work paying off for Lumberjacks XC team

Courtesy Photo ACC’s Kolin Ghidoni runs a career best for the ACC Lumberjacks at the Kirtland Firebird Invitational.

ROSCOMMON — Without a meet in the past two weeks the ACC Cross-Country team has been pushed to the limits in practice by coach Mark Jacobs to see what this talented group can achieve.

On Friday at the Kirtland Firebird Invitational, all their hard work payed off as they ran their best meet of the season. The Lumberjacks finished second overall to Oakland Community College and were well ahead of St. Clair, Kirtland and Wayne County.

“These guys have been incredible with their work ethic and fantastic attitudes,” Jacobs said. “I continue to push them hard daily and they continue to respond.”

In their three meets, the team has had three different number one and number two runners. Captain Kolin Ghidoni (Alpena) took this week’s honor by running a career best race, covering the hilly, wet 6K course in an excellent time of 21:01. Ghidoni was followed by his former High School teammate Isaac Cross (Alpena) who ran a 21:26. Behind Cross were teammates Oliver Rice (Hale) 21:27, Jonathon Pischner (Charlevoix) 21:33, Austin Enns (Hart) 22:31, Levi Goebel (Alpena) 23:22, Sheldon Elkie (Hillman) 24:54, Dallin Toth (Alpena) 25:00, Evan LeTourneau (Alpena) 25:26, Azaiyah Bell (Whittemore-Prescott) 26:02 and Andrew Grabiel (Alpena) 27:25.

“Our first four guys were within 32 seconds of each other. That’s outstanding. When we get our top five within a minute of each other, we will be exactly where we need to be,” Jacobs said.

The Lumberjacks run again on Friday at the Lansing Community College Invitational.