Dustin Horter was most impressed with his teammates as “a collective whole.” And Sophie Carrier? She just wanted to have fun.
Horter, the outstanding Lakota East High School distance runner, and Carrier, of Shaker Heights near Cleveland, both won individual titles during the 31st Mid-East Cross Country Championships at Indian Riffle Park on Saturday.
The postseason event drew most of the top senior runners from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois. Soupy course conditions and high winds prevented the winners from challenging meet records.
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Horter was the only boy to crack 16 minutes on the winding 5K (3.1-mile) course that also featured a creek crossing and two uphill climbs. He broke from a front-running pack with a half-mile left and pulled away to win in 15 minutes, 51 seconds.
Michigan teammates Shuaib Aljabaly (Coldwater) and Drew Wenger (Lakeland) were 2-3.
“It wasn’t really about me winning it; it was a collective whole,” said Horter, who will compete at the next level for Indiana University. “We just came up a little bit short but everybody gave it their all. We had a lot of guys up (near the top) and I’m really proud of their effort.”
Michigan (35 points) defended its boys team title over runner-up Ohio (42).
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