Written By: Senior, Garret Bakos
As this persistent fall season drags on, the Northview Wildcats Cross Country team set an unheard of record for the team in number of overall participants. With an astounding seventy runners, the Wildcats had no complications in terms of demanding attention wherever they arrived for a meet.
The team consisted of fifty-three boy runners, and twenty-six girl runners, making it the largest cross country team Northview has ever called their own. Since the average high school cross country team is only an average of thirty one participants, the Wildcats also used this massive number advantage to scare off any schools that thought they were any competition…
Maybe not exactly, but a little imagination never hurt anyone.
Quite literally, however, the Wildcats did have an outstanding season, with junior Enael Woldemicael running a personal record for the season of 16:31, ranking 17th in the state of Michigan, and 74th nationwide. Not only did Woldemicael set high standards on the boys side, but as did junior Joe Kaputska, sophomore Tyler Menhart, senior Garrett Bakos, sophomore Josh Greiffendorf, junior Luke Larson, and junior Mason Martin. On the girls side, sophomore Isabelle Luke, sophomore Ashley Helmer, junior Katia Wiles, senior Jessie Eggleston, sophomore Rosemary Harms, freshman Makayla Underwood, and senior Madi Gogolin all set unprecedented times that held true to be difficult to compete with for other runners.
With the regular season now concluded, the top seven runners for both boys and girls continue to train for the regionals level competition in Traverse City this upcoming Saturday. For some, this will be the last 3.1 miles they’ll ever run in their high school career – let’s hope time doesn’t run away from the other competitors as well.