Alognac’s Mogan Beadlescomb runs during a regional cross county meet Friday, October 30, 2015 at Algonac High School.
ALGOANC It was a great day to be a Saint.
St. Clair high school had a dominant showing Friday at the Division 2 regional finals at Algonac High School.
The St. Clair boys were the overall winner by a wide margin with 33 points. Yale was second in the race with 80 points and Croswell-Lexington also qualified after finishing third with 90 points. Seven St. Clair runners finished among the top 15 in the race.
But none beat Morgan Beadlescomb of Algonac, who was first at 15 minutes, 13 seconds. Beadlescomb’s time set a new course record, besting that of former Saint Addis Habtewold.
“He ran amazing,” Algonac coach Dan Shafer said. “Right now he is ranked No. 1 in the state (14:58.7). He is running great. Earlier in his career he always seemed to have an injury and we were really cautious with him. This year, we threw caution to the wind. He didn’t taper off at all. His goal is to defend his state title and qualify for the Nike Nationals.”
The St. Clair pack was led Jack Keais (15 minutes, 46 seconds). Brendan Parr was fourth for St. Clair (16:30), Josh Williams was eighth (16:36), Collin Higgins was ninth (16:37) and Walker Child was 10th (16:38).
Derek LaDuke was 11th for the Saints (16:39) and Tyge McGueen was 15th (16:43).
“I thought we did great,” Keais said. “I turned around after I finished and heard coach saying the times out loud and I thought we did great. During the regular season we don’t take any dates off for meets. A lot of teams take days off and we train through them. It was really the key for us running our best times today. We are going to do our normal training program and show up ready to run hard next week at states. Hopefully we will perform and be ready to shock some people.”
It was also a special day for St. Clair boys coach Jon Davidson, who qualified for his 16th straight state finals appearance as coach of the Saints.
“Depth is what this is all about,” St. Clair coach Jon Davidson said. “It’s all about putting it together and running fast at the right time. We don’t start backing down until the final two weeks. We really pushed it hard. Today was a perfect day. We love running on this course and the weather was perfect.
“I’m very happy we hit 16 years. I was very excited. The good thing about running is you set goals for yourself and you chase them. You shoot for the eagles and bag a lot of pheasants along the way.”
On the girls side, St. Clair finished just short of qualifying for the state meet but did have the overall winner. Gabbie Morton finished first at 18:57 to pace the Saints.
Warren Regina was the overall winner with 39 points, Croswell-Lexington was second with 93 and Marysville was third with 106. St. Clair finished with 108.
In the Division 3 event also held at Algonac, Almont was the overall boys winner with 47 points, followed by Marlette (67) and Montrose (91). Eric Poth of Marlette was the overall winner (16:38).
In the girls race, Otisville Lakeville was first with 55 points. Marlette was second (58) and Montrose (81) third.
Julia Holman was ninth for Marlette (21:52) and Victoria Hale was 10th (21:56).
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