The Wyandotte Roosevelt boys’ cross country team finished in 25th place Saturday at the MHSAA Division 1 State Finals.
This was the second consecutive year the Bears had qualified for the state finals, which took place at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. Last season the squad finished 27th overall.
As a team, Roosevelt’s average time for the day was 16.52.2.
Sophomore Dominic Davis was the team’s top runner, finishing with a time of 16:18.4, which was good for 59th place overall.
Roosevelt’s seven-member team consisted of Davis, along with seniors Ryan Kusibab, Austin Rice and Sean Pearce, as well as juniors Cameron Herron, Jake Coulter and Danny May.
To qualify for the state finals, the team put up a strong performance at the MHSAA Division 1 Regional race last Saturday at Lake Erie Metropark. At the Downriver League Meet on Oct. 18, which also was held at the metropark, the team captured its third consecutive league title.
Wyandotte head coach Justin Keyes said that the team’s goal was to finish in the top half of the field at the state finals Saturday. Despite falling short, he said, just making it back to the finals again has created extra momentum the Bears that will carry into the 2013 season.
“It's a big boost to make it two years in a row,” Keyes said. “A streak has now been started, so it’s extra confidence going into the next season.”
Below are Wyandotte’s results from Saturday’s state finals, according the MHSAA website:Team Overall Runner Grade Finish Time 1 59 Dominic Davis 10 16:18.4 2 98 Cameron Herron 11 16:45.6 3 114 Jake Coulter 11 16:54.5 4 142 Ryan Kusibab 12 17:07.6 5 150 Austin Rice 12 17:14.8 6 166 Sean Pearce 12 17:34.4 7 184 Danny May 11 17:55.4