Marcell Houston (Detroit, Mich./Mumford) managed to barely clip former record-holder Anthony Butler (Lincoln Park, Mich./Roosevelt) after he finished Friday’s 8K with a record time of 28:08. Butler’s previous mark, 28:15, came last season at the Lansing Invite (09/30/2011).
In the end, it may be fitting that a mere seven seconds is all that stands between the Mustangs’ dynamic duo record pace as the pair are separated by less than two minutes over the course of three races to begin the 2012 campaign. If the first three races are any indication, the top two runners in program history are sure to continue their friendly challenge and break a few more records along the way this season.
Houston’s time of 28:08 was followed Butler’s time of 29:12. They would finish in 104th and 115th respectively.
Sophomore George Jackson (Detroit, Mich./Mumford) led a (8K) PR storm after crossing the finish line at the 29:24 mark in 119th. He was followed by a pair of Mustangs that would also set personal bests, Robert Crockett (Detroit, Mich./King) and Jonathon Rutkowski (Riverview, Mich./Gabriel Richard). Crockett and Rutkowski finished with times of 29:57 (123) and 32:31 (133) respectively.
Running with the varsity for the first time this season was Akil Prowell (Detroit, Mich./Crockett). The sophomore began working his way back into competitive mode after finishing the challenging 8K with a time of 36:06.
The Mustangs finished 20th out of 21 teams at the event that plays host to NCAA Division I & II schools to go along with many other divisions.
Next week (Oct. 13), the team will enter a local event, the Hargett-Harrison Invitational, in Farmington Hills at 9:00am.
Category: Men's Cross Country