Kasper, Muessig lead local runners at State CC meet

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Clinton's Dominic Muessig walks through the chute after finishing the Division 3 state final with an All-State time of 16:12.7. Photo by Mickey Alvarado.
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Running all alone in a crowd of 243 at the Division 2 state cross country meet was hard on Tecumseh junior Katie Kasper but she did her best and tied her personal record at the prestigious Michigan International Speedway (MIS).

She and five other runners represented Tecumseh, Clinton and Britton Deerfield and they stood out among thousands of competitors and spectators.

Kasper placed 85th in her division with a time of 19:49 behind winner Julia Bos from Grand Rapids Christian in 17:20. Bos improved on her first place time of 17.24.7 as last year’s champion.

“This race is challenging in that it is tough to get out of a crowd when you’re ready to pass, but she was able to finish strong and pass about 15 girls in the last half mile,” said Tecumseh coach Jill Stockford. “She was fighting a cold this week so overall I’m very proud of her finish today and all her accomplishments for the entire season.”

Kasper was the only runner from the Indians girls or boys team to advance to the state meet.

“It wasn’t that bad,” Kasper said while walking through the finish line chute. “I think I placed higher than I was supposed to. I just wanted to go out there and do the best I could. It’s hard to train without people.”

Clinton sent four runners, two boys and two girls, to the Division 3 state meet at MIS.

Dominic Muessig set a school record in his final cross-country run for the Redskins. The senior runner placed 13th overall with a time of 16:12.7 to end his high school career as an All-State medalist.

“I feel pretty good about it,” he said right after crossing the finish line. “I achieved our school record. I was hoping to go sub 16 but it just didn’t happen today.”

Muessig said he paced himself in the race, having no other local competitors around him to gauge his time by, and was looking to finish at least in the top 30. The top 30 overall runners in all divisions are All-State medalists.

Nick Raymond of Erie Mason won the race with a time of 15:05.1.

Clinton senior Ryan Rogers placed 44th with a time of 16:48.

For Clinton’s girls, senior Kadie Tower beat her career personal best record with a 103rd place time of 20:31.2.

Junior Gina Pike finished 110th with a time of 20:35.7.

Gina Patterson of Macomb Lutheran North won the race with a time of 17:43.4.

Britton Deerfield didn’t have enough boy runners to score as a team all season but the Patriots were well represented with freshman Dakota Heiden clocking in with a time of 18:35.5 to place 162nd. He finished 17th out of all the freshmen boys.

Jesse Hersha of Concord won the race with a time of 15:32.3.

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