GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Macomb Men's Cross Country returned to the course Saturday (Sept. 17) to compete at the Grand Rapids Community College Raider Invite. Saturday's race marked the first Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) countable event of the season and was held at the site of the 2022 MCCAA/Region XII Championship – Calvin University's Cross Country Course.
Following a strong opener two weeks ago at the Skippers Invitational, the Monarchs continued their quality season with another positive performance Saturday by finishing 18th as a team in a crowded and competitive field. Cameron Stermer (Macomb, Mich./Dakota) paced the Monarchs in Grand Rapids with an 8K time of 30:40.8 and was followed closely by Jack Hey (St. Clair Shores, Mich./Lakeview) who crossed the finish line at 30:55.4. For Hey, the 30:55.4 was a season best.
Grady Masanga (New Baltimore, Mich./Athlone Boys School) kept up his freshman season pace by checking in with a time of 31:46.5 and Andrew Young (Clinton Twp., Mich./Chippewa Valley) earned a time of 31:51.3 while finishing two runners back of Masanga.
Jacob Kimball (St. Clair Shores, Mich./Lake Shore) and Brandon Ung (Macomb, Mich./Dakota) posted times of 31:58.5 and 32:20.0, respectively, as both Monarchs shaved a minute or more off their time from two weeks ago at the Skippers Invite. Thomas Flowers (Detroit, Mich./Fraser) rounded out the Monarchs' showing with a time of 34:55.9 – a time nearly 10 minutes better than his previous outing this season.
"We are putting in a ton of work and are currently in the middle of a lot of mileage," first-year head coach Matt Fecht said of the men's cross country team following Saturday's race. "We are still learning and have to trust ourselves throughout the race, but overall I am happy with the progress being made as a program."
The Monarchs will be back in action Friday (Sept. 23) at Kirtland Community College's Firebird Invitational. Friday's meet will be held at Hanson Hills Recreation Area in Grayling and will be the second MCCAA event of the campaign.