Thursday August 31st, 2017
On Thursday, the Plymouth Boys cross country team competed at Ann Arbor Running Company’s Annual Early Bird Invitational. Featuring some very competitive teams, the boys in silver and black looked to post some fast times at one of the quickest courses in the area.
We were not disappointed as Plymouth was graced with a new best time in school history. Senior Ethan Byrnes posted a phenomenal 15:42 for the 5000 meter race, good for 2nd place overall. This displaces former standout Matthew Pahl’s old record of 15:45. The 2016 All-State athlete was in the lead pack throughout the entire race, finishing mere seconds from the winner.
Sophomore Carter Solomon also bested his 2016 personal record with a third place time of 15:47, good for the 3rd fastest time in Plymouth school history.
The rest of the varsity squad posted quick times to kick off the 2017 cross country season. Junior Brandon Boyd added to the Wildcats’ success with another top 10 finish placing 9th in 16:21. Freshman Patrick Byrnes placed 17th in 16:51, and sophomore Tyler Mussen placed 33rd with a time of 17:16. Both ran personal bests for their 2nd consecutive race. To round out the varisty squad, junior Jarrett Warner and senior Adam Stepek finished 38th and 39th with times of 17:23 and 17:24, respectively.
The Wildcats’ next race will have them going back to their home course at Cass Benton Park in Northville, MI for the Detroit Titan/Tommy Titan XC Invitational on September 9.