In just their second year as a varsity sport, the Grayling Cross Country team had three athletes qualify for the MHSAA XC State Finals.
Representing the girls team, Junior Brianna Martin made her second appearance in the state finals. Brianna finished 116th overall out of 245 runners with a time of in a time of 21:02.
On the boys side, Senior Christian Artress and Sophomore Caden Arredondo both qualified for the state finals. This was Christian’s second trip to the state finals and he placed 115th place overall out of 254 runners with a time of 17:33. This was Caden’s first appearance in the state finals where he finished 161st place overall with a time of 18:09.
Coach Andre had this to say about his runners after the race, “I am so proud of these athletes, they have put in a ton of time and miles to reach this stage. Cross Country Runners are a special breed. Bri showed that during her race gutting out a solid race, although not her best time, she ran with a 101.5 fever and still finished in the top half of the Michigan’s best runners. Christian finished up his Cross Country career in fashion, making his second trip to states and improving on his placing by 44 places from 2016 season. Caden, Although super nervous he had a solid race in his first appearance, this is a big stage and this was Caden’s first year running High School Cross Country, so just to qualify is a huge deal that most 4 year varsity runners never reach.”