The Lakota East Cross Country team took a mid-season opportunity to run on the Regional Championship course at the Troy Invitational this past Saturday.  The women’s and men’s teams expect to be running there in the post-season as well.

On the men’s side, the varsity upper-classmen had the weekend off from racing, so the Thunderhawks put a young and talented group of runners on the line in a big-time atmosphere in Troy.  And the youthful Hawks ran fearlessly and did not disappoint.  As a team, they placed 13th in a huge 26-team field.  Leading the way for the men was freshman Aidan Mahaffey, who placed 58th overall in a 234-man race.  His time was a well-earned 18:17 for the 5k (3.1-mile) course.  Next in for East was another freshman, Andrew Gibson, who gave an 18:21 effort for a 62nd place finish.  Following Andrew were two more freshmen!  Sean Specht and Marshall Novean finished side by side in 18:28.4 and 18:28.9 for 70th and 71st place.  The fifth and final scorer was the veteran and leader of the youthful squad on Saturday, Isaac Michelson, who finished 82nd in 18:43.  The future is extremely bright for Lakota East men’s program.

Next up for LEXC is the Milford Invitational, next Saturday, September 14th at Valley View Nature Preserve.  The first race is at 8:55 a.m.