Athletic Points of Pride
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CROSS COUNTRY – On a bittersweet day for Owosso XC, Kaitlyn Owens, Jorden Sowash and Andrew Dallas brought the sugar. Kaitlyn finished the day with a PR, a second-place finish, and a ticket to the state championship next weekend. Kaitlyn trusted her race plan by letting the lead pack get away from her for a mile before she gradually came from behind and eventually outsprinted three athletes in the final stretch. Kaitlyn is now looking to finish her outstanding senior season with her sights set on a top 30 all-state finish. After an early season injury that set Jorden Sowash back the better part of a month, he got back in his groove finishing just one second from his PR set back in the first meet of the season. Jorden finished in 5th place and as the only sophomore in the top 10. He will be joining Kaitlyn in seeking all-state honors next weekend at the Michigan International Speedway. Andrew Dallas breathed a sigh of relieve after punching his ticket to the state championship next weekend. After finishing one place out of qualifying two seasons ago and having an off day last year, it was finally Andrew’s time to shine. Our hard-working senior captain broke into the 16’s (16:46) for the first time in his running career and looks to provide a lasting memory next weekend.
Our three qualifying athletes didn’t provide the only bright spot of the day. We couldn’t be prouder of the performance of all of our athletes today. Our girls entered the meet seeded 4th, over 30 points behind Alma and only 1 point ahead of Corunna. Five of our seven girls set PRs today (many of them by a significant amount) with one more hitting a season best mark. These great improvements led to a 4th place finish, just 8 points behind Alma and 9 points ahead of Corunna. Unfortunately, that means that we narrowly missed out on qualifying as a team, but it wasn’t for lack of effort. Looking back at last year, our girls finished 65 points behind Alma (who’s top 6 runners ran again this year) at regionals. All seven of our runners finished faster today than our 4th fastest runner last season. Our boys team had an almost identical experience. Entering the meet in 5th place and a mountain to climb to qualify for the state meet, we left everything we had out on the course and finished in 4th place, just 10 points out of 3rd. Like the girls, we had five athletes set PRs today with the other two only 1 and 3 seconds off. Last season our boys finished 6th with no state qualifiers. Our top 3 runners today finished faster than our first runner last season. To say that our athletes improved and had an amazing season would be an understatement! I am very proud of all of our runners.
One final shout out to our seniors who ran their final race today. Allison Perry, Anna Raffaelli and Sam Stechschulte: You have all brought more to this team and the cross-country program that I can express with words. You will be missed greatly next year and thank you so much for all of your hard work!
- Flint Powers Catholic 41 (Meet Champion: Paige Deitering (18:54.74)
- Frankenmuth 70
- Alma 97
- Owosso 105
- Corunna 114
- Clio 178
- Freeland 194
- Birch Run 197
- Essexville Garber 226
- Saginaw Swan Valley 256
- Midland Bullock Creek 268
- Kaitlyn Owens 19:15.66 (PR, State Qualifier)
- Mirranda Libbey 21:01.58
- Anna Raffaelli 21:04.38 (PR)
- Emma Perry 21:15.32 (PR)
- Allison Perry 21:29.27 (SR)
- Brooke Helvie 22:53.92 (PR)
- Claire Drake 22:54.90 (PR)
- Corunna 36 (Meet Champion: Ben Jacobs 15:49.36)
- Flint Powers Catholic 60
- Essexville Garber 106
- Owosso 116
- Midland Bullock Creek 134
- Frankenmuth 185
- Alma 197
- Flint Kearsley 210
- Freeland 235
- Birch Run 250
- Clio 258
- Saginaw Swan Valley 267
- Bay City John Glenn 391
- Saginaw 447
- Jorden Sowash 16:09.83 (State Qualifier)
- Andrew Dallas 16:46.34 (PR, State Qualifier)
- Mason Collard 17:25.43 (PR)
- Sam Stechschulte 17:43.33 (PR)
- Connor Spencer 18:40.44 (PR)
- Tyler Arriaga 18:53.19 (PR)
- Connor Madsen 19:09.45
FOOTBALL – Season Concluded.
GOLF (GIRLS’) – Season Concluded.
SOCCER (BOYS’) – Season Concluded.
SWIM & DIVE (GIRLS’) – The Trojans are competing this weekend at the Flint Metro League Conference Championship Swim Meet at Fenton High School.
TENNIS (BOYS’) – Season Concluded.
VOLLEYBALL – he Trojans traveled to Lansing Waverly Wednesday evening to face state-ranked DeWitt in district semi-final action. The Trojans fought to slow the pace of the powerful DeWitt Panthers but could not find the rhythm they needed as they fell in three sets: 5-25, 6-25, and 7-25. Top performers for the night included: Lauren Stowe with 4 blocks, Megan Vondrasek with 3 blocks, Josie Hufnagel with 2 blocks, Brooke Hemker with a block, Brooke Edington with 3 assists, McKenna Sovis with an assist, Harper Newell with 2 kills, Jelayne Lighthill with 1 kill, Veronica Cechanowicz with 1 kill, Hemker with 1 kill, Newell with 8 digs, Vondrasek with 3 digs, Edington with 3 digs, Stowe serving 3 for 3, and Newell serving 3 for 3. Tonight’s match concluded the Trojan Volleyball season.
IN OTHER NEWS…
Tabitha Elliott signed her letter of intent to play for the Mott Bears softball team in the 2018-19 season. She has been a varsity starting outfielder the past 2 seasons for the OHS Trojans. Tabitha signed her letter at the Mott Community Event Center. Pictured father, Todd Elliott, Tabitha Elliott, Assistant Coach Tom Weston, OHS Varsity Softball Coach JoEllen Smith and Head Coach Rod Studaker.
Dates of Importance
- 11/4 – State Finals – Cross Country – Michigan International Speedway – 1:30
- 11/4 – 300 Club Sports Party – D’Mar – 7 :00
- 11/5 – Daylight Savings Time Ends
- 11/6 – OHS Staff Mtg // Band Banquet – 6PM // Cheer Banquet – after TMB
- 11/6 – Season Begins for Girls’ Basketball / Competitive Cheer
- 11/7 – Election Day. Don’t Forget to VOTE!
- 11/8 – Winter Coaches Meeting – 5 PM // Trojan Spectacular – 7PM
- 11/9 – Mr. Wonderful – 7 PM
- 11/11 – Band Craft Show // Veterans’ Day
Next Week’s Schedule (subject to sudden change)
Please visit www.schedulestar.com for the complete calendar
11/4 – Girls’ Swim/Dive League Finals – Fenton HS – 11:00
11/9 – Dive Regional Meet @ DeWitt – 5 PM