Dexter Men’s XC: Breaking Records–Again!

From contributing writer Barbara Read: (Photos courtesy of Jill Boydston)

Just when you think the men’s cross country team has reached the pinnacle, they pull off a meet like last Saturday’s Gabriel Richard Invitational. It was a nearly perfect day of new PRs across the entire team which is a bit of a miracle this far into the season. An unbelievable 29 out of 33 runners ran the fastest 5K they have ever run, an additional runner ran a season best time for a total of 30 new records.

Coach Drew Collette said of the meet, “I expected times to drop, but Saturday exceeded my own expectations even. While there were improvements top to bottom on the roster, what’s most exciting is these kids know there are still 2 or 3 chances to drop more time. This group is never satisfied and always hungry to be better.”

Varsity team gathering after their race

Nathan Larson at 15:47 and Owen Huard at 15:49 locked in spots in the top twenty of the Dexter High School record book. Lucas Betzoldt at 16:20 now sits comfortably as the 17th fastest senior ever to compete for DHS. Larson and Huard reached 6th and 7th place for juniors. Sam Melvin (16:41) and Conor Kolka (17:03) are now the 10th and 18th fastest sophomores on school record.

Fifteen Dexter athletes cut over a minute off their previous best times, and two runners dropped over two minutes to achieve their new PRs (Quentin Hurdle, -2:31 and Andy Jordan, -2:03). The average improvement across the entire team was an astonishing 48 seconds per athlete. Altogether the team ran twenty-six minutes and fifty-five seconds faster in one day of racing than previous PRs in the large school race. By contrast, Chelsea scored one PR across their fifteen entered athletes in the medium school race.

The final meet of the SEC championship is Thursday at Hudson Mills Metropark. The Dexter varsity team runs at 2:30 and the reserve team at 4:30. At this trajectory, the Dexter team has a real chance of winning the race (though not the entire SEC which spans three races) against Chelsea on Thursday. Man for man, with only one exception, the top ten Dexter runners beat the top ten Chelsea runners at Gabriel Richard by a significant margin. But such a late season victory will require focus and determination. Chelsea wants the win, too, and this week they will be running together in the same race which turns the heat on.

Results from the Gabriel Richard Invitational (

Varsity Large School 5000M

  • Nathan Larson  15:47.37 PR

    L to R: Jonathan Adamczyk, Wilson Kasischke, Cameron O’Day, Nathan Gariepy, Josh Lamb, Samuel Fitzpatrick
  • Owen Huard  15:49.67 PR
  • Lucas Betzoldt  16:20.84 PR
  • Nick McKenzie  16:32.16 PR
  • Liam Buller  16:37.69 PR
  • Sam Melvin  16:41.67 PR
  • Ransom Duncan  16:57.94 PR
  • Noah Hayter  17:01.58 PR
  • Conor Kolka  17:03.19 PR
  • Rishabh Kothari  17:14.62 SR
  • Adam Hauser  18:29.73
  • Nathan McConnell  18:41.22 PR

Reserve Large School 5000M

  • Nathan Gariepy  18:02.69 PR
  • Wilson Kasischke  18:06.90 PR
  • John Harm  18:08.02 PR
  • Josh Lamb  18:20.39 PR
  • Zachary Sawin  19:01.02 PR
  • Jonathan Adamczyk  19:05.89 PR
  • Seth Ockerman  19:17.99
  • Nathan Biggs  19:39.28 PR
  • Trevor Aeschliman  20:18.89 PR
  • Holden Hughes  20:32.66 PR

    Nathan Larson celebrates with his grandparents Jack Arnold and Claudia Larson and his mother Seana Larson after his record breaking race.
  • Chase Lutz  20:41.56 PR
  • Evan Bursch  20:54.00 PR
  • Noah Schultz  21:03.33 PR
  • Andy Jordan  21:04.27 PR
  • Griffin Bentley  21:05.26 PR
  • Cameron O’Day  21:09.53
  • Luke Petrinko  21:25.86 PR
  • Samuel Fitzpatrick  21:54.89 PR
  • Andrew Petik  23:26.26 PR
  • Thomas Bauer  23:27.44 PR
  • Quentin Hurdle  26:29.31 PR



L to R: Wilson Kasischke, Cameron O’Day, Nathan Gariepy, Josh Lamb, Owen Huard, Sam Melvin, Conor Kolka, Ransom Duncan, Nathan, McConnell, Gabe Fitzpatrick, Samuel Fitzpatrick, Adam Hauser, Jonathan Adamczyk

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