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Lakeland's state title highlights boys All-County cross country WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep's Brendan Fraser was D2 state runnerup and challenged for victory in most races. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Rochester's Kyle Johnson (left) and Austin Remick formed a potent 1-2 punch for the Falcons. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Ben Williams of Birmingham Seaholm helped the Maples to a successful season. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Luke Wallace of Birmingham Seaholm was the Maples' top runner most of the season. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Lakeland's Harrison Grzymkowski (191) and Lake Orion's Michael Jarvis (94) were third and fourth, respectively, at the D1 state finals. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Lake Orion's Michael Jarvis looks to pass a runner. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Cameron Cooper of Oak Park was a regional champ this season. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Harrison Steen of Stoney Creek, consistent most of the season, saved his best race for the D1 state finals where he placed 20th. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Matt Schram of Rochester Adams was in the lead pack in all of his races which mostly ended with a top-10 finish. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi's Gabe Mudel was the Wildcats' top runner most of the season. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Novi Detroit Catholic Central's Ty Buckley was Catholic League champion. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Lakeland's boys were kings of the cross country course after capturing the state title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).

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Lakeland's state championship squad highlighted the season, as the Eagles stayed the course. But other teams had solid seasons, too, with Novi, Brother Rice, Birmingham Seaholm, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep and Milford among them. Powering those teams were individuals who stood out with prime-time efforts for this year's All-Oakland County team.

Brendan Fraser

Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, Senior:

Area runners challenged him, but they couldn't beat Fraser, who tallied an impressive list of victories. Besides an 11th place finish at the Spartan Invitational, he finished no worse than second in nine competitions, winning Oakland County, Michigan Catholic, Midwest Catholic and Division 2 regional titles among them. He had a best time of 15:31.7 for 5Ks and was D2 state runnerup. He'll compete for the University of Notre Dame next year.

Matt Schram

Rochester Adams, Senior:

Each time Schram toed the starting line, he had a chance to win. He broke 16 minutes on five occasions, and except for the D1 state meet, where he finished sixth, he was either first or second in eight races. Schram won all three OAA Red jamborees, was a regional champ and was Oakland County meet runnerup and regional champion. His best time was 15:14 for 5Ks in winning the Cleverley Invite.

Michael Jarvis

Lake Orion, Senior:

Jarvis waited until his senior year to run cross country and he made it worth his while. He finished no worse than fourth in all his races, and that was at the D1 state meet where he clocked 15:52. Jarvis was third at regionals, the Oakland County meet and the Anchor Bay regional, and was third at the Grizzly Invite. His best time was 15:33 at the Cleverley Invite, where he placed third.

Harrison Grzymkowski

Lakeland, Sophomore:

His late-season surge helped key the Eagles to the D1 state championship, as he came on strong in the final month. He was sixth at the Oakland County meet, and added a pair of runnerup finishes at the KLAA Lakes Conference and D1 regional meets, before placing third at the D1 state championships with a season-best time of 15:51.4.

Ty Buckley

Novi Detroit Catholic Central, Senior:

From sheer hard work, turned himself from a mediocre runner trying to break 21 minutes his freshman season, to a standout athlete with two efforts under 16 minutes. Buckley was Catholic League champ, runnerup at the Catholic Central Invite and placed eighth at the Oakland County meet and third at regionals before placing 16th at the D1 state meet. Had a best of 15:55 at regionals.

Harrison Steen

Stoney Creek, Junior:

Got into a running groove midway through the season, winning the Old Skool Classic and the final OAA White jamboree after placing second in the previous OAA White jamboree. Was also Oxford Invite and regional runnerup before placing 20th at the D1 state meet, where he recorded his best time of 16:02.

Luke Wallace

Birmingham Seaholm, Senior:

Started the season strong by winning the Benzie Central Invite in late August, then followed with runnerup finishes in the last two OAA Red jamborees, a 12th place at the Spartan Invite, 11th place at the Oakland County meet, third at the Jackson Invite and second at the D1 regional at Lake St. Clair. Placed 60th at D1 state meet, had three sub-16 minute efforts and a season best of 15:34.

Ben Williams

Birmingham Seaholm, Senior:

Had a strong finish to the season after placing sixth at the Jackson Invite in September, reeling off single-digit finishes in his next three meets with a fourth at the second OAA Red jamboree, sixth at the final OAA Red jamboree and third at the D1 Lake St. Clair regional before finishing 24th at the state finals. Best time of 15:59

Gabe Mudel

Novi, Junior:

Started the season with a third-place finish at the Ramblin Rock Invite, and placed fourth at the Oakland County and KLAA Kensington Conference meets. Added a second place at the D1 Willow Metropark regional before an unfortunate finish at the D1 state meet where he stumbled and finished 93rd. Had a season best of 15:46 at the Cleverly Invite.

Austin Remick

Rochester, Junior:

Remick was steady and sure in most outings, claiming fifth place at the final OAA Red jamboree after placing seventh at the Oakland County meet and second at Hansons Invitational. Finished fifth at the D1 Anchor Bay regional, seventh at the Nike Holly Raffin Invitaitonal and 27th at the D1 state meet. Had a season best of 15:34 at Cleverly Invite.

Cameron Cooper

Oak Park, Senior:

Was Carl Schoensee Memorial champ, D1 Willow Metropark regional champ and won two of three OAA Blue jamborees before placing 30th at the D1 state finals in 16:10. Had a best of 15:36.

Kyle Johnson

Rochester, Senior:

Grappled with consistency, but still won Hansons Invitational, was Cleverley Invite runnerup and placed 10th at the Oakland COunty meet. He finished third at the first OAA Red jamboree, fourth in the final jamboree, and placed ninth at the D1 Anchor Bay regional before a 99th place finish at the D1 state meet. Season best time was 15:31.

SECOND TEAM

Scott MacPherson

Novi, Senior:

Won the Ramblin Rock Invitational to start his season, and followed with a ninth-place at the Oakland County meet, 14th at the KLAA Kensington Conference meet and a sixth at the D1 Willow Metropark regional before finishing 54th at state meet.

Drew Wenger

Lakeland, Junior:

Won the Linden Classic and Nike Holly Raffin Invite before an injury caused him to miss a month of the season. Came back not at full strength, but managed an eighth at D1 Linden regional and 45th at state finals, helping the Eagles win the state title. Had a best of 16:12.

Michael Tremonti

Brother Rice, Junior:

Was the lead runner for a Warrior squad which won five innitationals and placed third at the D1 state meet. Tremonti was fifth at regionals, fourth at Catholic League, fourth at the Spartan Invite and 17th at the Oakland County meet. His season best was 15:55.

John Landy

Novi, Senior:

Strong leg on Wildcats squad which challenged for victories in nearly every meet. Was eighth at KLAA Kensington Conference, seventh at regionals, 14th at Oakland County meet and 41st at D1 state meet. Had a season-best of 15:37.

Zack Werth

Lakeland, Senior:

Four was his magic number with fourth-place finishes at the Mustang Invite, Linden Classic, KLAA Lakes Conference and D1 regional races, and 40th place at the D1 state finals with a season-best 16:18.

Dakota Giles

Milford, Senior:

Injuries trimmed his season but did manage a fifth at the KLAA Lakes Conference, seventh at D1 regionals and 42nd at the D1 state finals. Season best of 16:16.

Alec Miracle

Brother Rice, Sophomore:

Steady racer produced a third-place finish at the Catholic League meet, was 16th at the Oakland County meet, seventh at the D1 regional and finished 52nd at D1 state meet among his efforts. Best time of 16:14.

HONORABLE MENTION

FARMINGTON - Nick Trevisan

BIRMINGHAM GROVES - Alexander Ross

BROTHER RICE - Grant Davey, Kyle Chisholm, Kevan O'Brien

NOVI - Aric Landy, Trey Mullins

MILFORD - Evan White, Nick Martin, Jack Aman, Elliott Seymour

LAKELAND - Joel Woody, Angelo Savich, Luke Moore

BIRMINGHAM SEAHOLM - George Nummer

CLARKSTON - William Eisert, Mika Juuhl, Shawn Slater, Jacob Dolan

BERKLEY - Nathan LaFramboise

ROYAL OAK - Marcus Jackson

OXFORD - Dominic Bruce

ROCHESTER ADAMS - Charles Zhou

WALLED LAKE CENTRAL - Matt Tarry, Jared Hill, Akshay Reddy

TROY - Andrew Dingwall

LAKE ORION - Ryan Mulcahy, Jack Everts, Matt Mulligan

PONTIAC NOTRE DAME PREP - Nick Fraser, James Ohlsson, John Pieper

WEST BLOOMFIELD - Justin Christopher-Moody

HOLLY - Sam Schneider

NOVI DETROIT CATHOLIC CENTRAL - Mark Borek

COACH OF THE YEAR

Joe Verellen, Lakeland

Two state trophies in the last three years, one for second place (2014) and one for the state title (2016) is on the ledger for Lakeland coach Joe Verellen, who has made an impact since taking over for legendary coach Randy Wilkins in 2010. The Eagles seem to show up when it counts, as evidenced by their effort at the state meet. Lakeland had only one bad race all season, a fourth place at the Oakland County meet, which motivated them the rest of the season. They were on their marks, capturing regional and KLAA Lakes titles in addition to a victory over their crosstown rival Milford.

Last Updated: 12/11/2016 2:08:53 PM EST


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