Wildcats competing in XC regionals today
The Alpena High cross country teams will compete in a Division 1 regional today at Delta College with the goal of qualifying for the state finals at Michigan International Speedway next week.
Juniors Aden and Josh Smith lead Alpena’s boys team. Aden was crowned the 2017 Big North Conference champion and won five races this season. His PR of 15:43.4 set last week is good for second fastest all-time in the history of the program. He and Josh both earned first team all-conference honors.
Josh finished in the top 10 in all races he ran this season. He finished in 16:02 at last year’s state final and has a season best time of 16:12.
Freshman Drew Seabase has been an impact runner for the Wildcats as well. On the way to earning first-team all-conference honors, Seabase has seven top 10 finishes this season and his time of 16:31 is the fastest ever posted by an Alpena freshman.
Junior Sam Tuscher has a PR of 17:21 and junior Jimmy Decker has a PR of 17:40 after earning a spot in the starting lineup. Junior Zach Zaborney ran a career-best 18:10 on Saturday and junior Clay Donajkowski has been a key contributor despite recovering from a baseball injury.
To qualify for the finals, teams have to finish third or higher at regionals or finish fourth and have four runners finish in the top 20. Individuals can qualify by finishing 15th or higher.
The boys race will begin at noon.
The girls race begins at 10:40 a.m. and Alpena has several runners hoping to qualify for states.
Junior Maddy Boyd earned first-team all conference honors this season and has top 10 finishes in all nine of her races. Her time of 18:51 in a 5K last week gives her the third best time in program history.
Sophomore Molly Dickinson recently ran a PR of 20:08 and has two top 10 finishes. Sophomore Kaylee Rondeau ran a career best 20:50 last week and has been improving during the year.
Freshman Tiffany Foster ran a 21:05 in her last race and sophomore Malley McGuire ran a season best 22:29 last week.
Sophomores Grace Weaver and Katie Faoust both ran season bests last week with Weaver running a 23:14 and Faoust ran a 23:23.