By Teddy Rydquist
Leader Sports Writer
Competing in the second OAA Jamboree at Lake Orion High School on Tuesday, Sept. 24, both the boys’ and girls’ Wildcat cross country teams finished in fourth-place.
Totaling a score of 80, the boys were led by senior Scott Masterson who finished fourth at 16:43.9. Three other Wildcats – senior Zach Allion (14th), junior Zach Patterson (17th) and senior Simon Arnold (20th) – came in the top-20.
From a team standpoint, Rochester Adams took home the top spot with a score of 32. Individually, Lake Orion senior Andrew Nolan was the fastest runner on the course at 16:10.2.
Based on their performance in the two Jamborees thus far, the Oxford boys are tied for fourth-place in the OAA Red with five points, six points behind division leader Adams.
Transitioning to the girls, they posted a score of 92 at Lake Orion. Senior Lauren Methner paced the squad with her time of 20:35.7, good for a fifth-place finish. Junior Ellie DiMalanta was the only other Wildcat girl in the top-20 at 21:49.6 (19th).
Like in the boys’ race, a Lake Orion runner captured the top individual spot. Victorious by over 19.5 seconds, Dragons junior Sophie Novak crossed the finish line in 19:12.1.
The Troy Colts won the girls’ meet with a score of 54. Compiling six points at this stage in the season, the Wildcat girls are in fourth-place in the OAA Red, too.
The teams will next be in action in the Oakland County Championships at Kensington Metropark on Saturday, Oct. 5.