This just in…the Olivet High School girls’ cross country team is pretty good this fall.
The Lady Eagles are also on a roll, with their latest dominance coming in the Bob Perry Memorial Invitational at Lowell High School Saturday as they finished first in a nine-team field.
Olivet accumulated 32 position points, compared to 46 for runner-up Marshall and 95 for third-place Lowell.
Senior Teona Feldpausch, just hours after being crowned OHS’s Homecoming Queen, led the Eagles with a second-place time of 21:25. Also scoring for the locals were freshman Autumn Wietzke, third in 21:26; senior Morgan Greenman, fifth in 21:54; junior Kaylee Richardson, 10th in 22:22; and junior Hazel Anderson, 12th in 22:37.
Olivet freshman Miranda Barnes was in the mix as well, earning a medal for her 13th-place time of 22:42. Senior Kelsie Letts finished 21st out of 59 varsity runners, crossing the line in 23:33.
“Our girls have really stepped up their efforts in training and race strategy,” said Coach Brian Dartt, who has teamed with veteran coach Mike Spoelstra this season. “It is impressive to watch our girls run in a pack, almost demoralizing the other top teams.”
Dartt also mentioned leadership and improvement as part of Olivet’s winning formula.
“Our upperclassmen have consistently run strong races and lead by example,” he added. “Our younger runners are all improving. Two of the younger runners, Autumn and Miranda, are part of the scoring group in most races. There are many great story lines for our Lady Eagles and none more impressive than Hazel Anderson being one of our top five runners every race!”
Olivet begins Greater Lansing Activities Conference action on Tuesday, September 27 when it travels to Stockbridge for a jamboree. Last season, the Eagles finished second in the GLAC behind perennial power Leslie.