On October 24th, the Plymouth boys cross country team placed 4th at their Pre-Regional meet to qualify for the regional championship happening this past Saturday the 31st. Due to COVID-19, these measures were put in place to ensure the safety of all athletes, coaches and spectators in order to lessen crowds at popular meet locations. Despite all of the changes, the Wildcats were able to conquer Ann Arbor Skyline at the Regional meet in order to take the 3rd and final team spot at the State Finals.
They were not able to defeat Skyline at the Pre-Regional meet barely missing their mark by a score of 86-89. Thankfully they had another shot to race them since 4 teams make it to the Regional meet from the Pre-Regional. This time, they conquered the Skyline Eagles by a score of 91-95. This marks the 4th consecutive season in which the Wildcat boys team sends a team to the MHSAA State Finals at Michigan International Speedway.
Leading the way for the ‘Cats was senior Patrick Byrnes placing 3rd with a time of 15:41. He has lately battled the injury bug and remains tough for the squad through the most crucial part of the season.
Following his brother was sophomore Sean Byrnes with a new personal record time of 16:21 which was good for 12th place. He was the only non-senior to place in the top 17 runners. His time places him as the 6th fastest sophomore runner in PXC history.
Finishing 3rd and 4th for the Wildcats were sophomore Alex Bobak and freshman Ani Krishnan taking 29th and 32nd, respectively. Bobak ran a time of 17:11 and Krishnan ran a new personal record time of 17:15 placing him firmly in the Top 10 All-Time freshman list.
Rounding out the scoring was senior Conner Davis finishing 38th with a season record time of 17:23. Conner came in with his best race of the season when the team needed it most.
Sophomore Tyler Gaylord ran a crucial race finishing in front of Skyline’s 5th runner and right behind his teammate with a time of 17:26 placing him at 39th.
Sophomore Noah Knutsen joined the varsity team at the Pre-Regional meet and has seen great improvement over the season. He ran for a massive 35-second PR on Saturday placing him 45th with a time of 17:37. He was also able to outsprint Skyline’s 6th and 7th runners in a close meet where all places mattered.
Congratulations to the team and good luck at the State Finals!