ACC XC opens season at FSU

BIG RAPIDS-The Alpena Community College Cross Country team traveled to Ferris State University on Saturday to compete at the Ray Helsing Invitational.

Leading the way for the Lumberjacks were Chad Zagacki (18th), Travis LaCross (26th ), Paul Wilbert (33rd), Jon Fitch (34th), Brandon Gibson (40th), Luke Spaulding (41st), Brent Heberling (42nd), Jake Spaulding (43rd), Andrew Sumerix (45th), JD Niergarth (46th), Zane Forintos (47th) and Kyle Urban (52nd).

“I am pleased on how we ran today. This was our first real competition of the year and it gives us a starting point on what we need to do to reach our goals”, ACC Coach Mark Jacobs said. “For nine of my runners, this was their first college race. It is night and day comparing a 5K (high school distance) vs. an 8K (college distance). There was some outstanding competition today, and we proved we belonged. Our first five were ahead of Oakland Community College’s first five, and they are ranked 18th nationally in preseason polls . We’ve got some work to do; this team is full of focused, hard workers, and they are not afraid of putting in the extra miles needed.”

Northwood, Mott and Ferris were the top teams with Oakland, Alpena, Kirtland and Kuyper rounding out the college division.

In the woman’s race, Katie Brownell (37th) represented ACC in the 5K. Former Alpena runner Racheal McDonald finished 17th for FSU.