Runners on pace for improved race results

Twenty-five schools ran in the Oakland County Cross Country meet on Saturday.
The girls took second place after their 5k run at Kensington Metropark.
‘Everyone had an off day,? said Girls Cross Country Coach Mike Franko. ‘It was a terrible day for us. It’s not where we should be.?
Franko expected the girls to do a little better because of their runs in past competitions and in practice.
Troy took first place during the meet and Clarkston looks forward to seeing them again in the league meet next Thursday.
‘It will be a chance to beat Troy and a chance to do better,? said Franko.
Kristen Smith ran a pace of 19:14 to take fourth place behind Megan Goethals (Rochester), Shannon Osika (Waterford Mott) and Cally Macumber (Rochester Adams).
Tiffany Kincaid and Natalie Smith took two more places in the top 20. Kincaid ran 19:39 into 11th place and Natalie was 14th with a time of 19:44.
The JV runners and three runners from the Varsity, Caitlyn Post, Lindsey Fantin, and Andrea Butler will run in the Oxford Invitational on Friday.
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For the boys, Novi Detroit Catholic Central took first place, followed by Lake Orion, Milford, Novi and Clarkston in fifth.
The top five runners for the meet were Mike Murphy (Brother Rice), Mike Atchoo (Troy), Ryan Ziolko and Sean Bone (Lake Orion) and Ricardo Galindo (Catholic Central).
Christian Bonzheim was the leading runner for Clarkston at 19th place, running 16:58. Jeff Kuhl placed right behind him in 20th place.
The boys will run in the Gabriel Richard Invitational at Hudson Mills Metropark in Dexter on Saturday before competing in the league meet next Thursday in Bloomer Park, Rochester.