Boys’ Cross country: Dreads head to state finals after winning regionals

The Dexter boys’ cross country team showed why they run the races. The Dreadnaughts came into Saturday’s Division 1 Boys’ Cross Country Regional projected to finish sixth among the talented and deep field.

Dexter showed why depth is important at a regional, placing their top five runners among the top 25 to win the regional going away with 91 points at Huron Meadows Metropark.

Ann Arbor Skyline was a distant second with 106 points.

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The Dreadnaughts were led by junior Marc Lopez who placed 11th overall, earning all-region honors and ran a 22-second personal best. He finished with a time of 16:07.88.

Other individual scorers for the Dreadnaughts were junior Jack Shelley (17th place, 16:18); senior captain Lucas Bell (18th place, 16:21); junior Miles Kanipe (20th place, 16:24); and senior captain Gabe Thomas (25th place, 16:37). All four individuals had lifetime best times of 22 seconds, 15 seconds, 19 seconds and 19 seconds respectively.

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Every Dexter runner ran a personal best time, and the team’s average time of 16:21 was 8 seconds better than any individual’s previous personal best.

The incredible Dreadnaught win streak started two weeks ago with a win at the Gabriel Richard Invitational, and then continued last week at the SEC Conference Championship – both meets hosted at Hudson Mills Metropark in Dexter.

The D-1 state finals race starts at 3 p.m.

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