Make it 18 straight years and a chance for a three-peat for the Chelsea boys’ cross country team.
The Bulldogs won the D2 Regional title at Lake Erie MetroPark and qualified for the state finals for the 18th straight time dating back to 2001 and will get the chance to defend its back to back state titles at the state finals at MIS Saturday.
The Bulldogs go into the finals ranked 3rd in D2 and realistically have a shot, but it will be a tall task as top-ranked Fremont is one of the top teams in the state in all classes, not just D2.
Chelsea won the Regional with a score of 46 followed by Dearborn Divine Child with 60.
Divine Child runners took the top three spots, but Chelsea runners finished 4-6 and the Bulldogs have good 4th and 5th runners while DDC’s runners did not finish well.
Joseph Norwood, Will Scott, and Zander Hartsuff finished 4th-6th to pace Chelsea. Norwood finished in 16:28.8, Scott 16:37.8, and Hartsuff in 16:47.
Erik Reiber was 12th in 16:57.2, Jonas Norwood 19th in 17:18.9, Owen Smith 21st in 17:33.2, and Jimmy Alford 23rd in 17:39.
The JV team finished 2nd I both the 9/19 and 11/12 Divisions at the Livonia Franklin Invite earlier in the week.
Zeb Swager set a PR of 17:56 to lead the underclassmen with a 5th place finish.
Bran Hartsuff was 6th in 17:58, Jacob Andreski 9th in 18:12, Nick Spruce 24th in 18:46, and Ethan Kapolka 28th in 18:59.
The upperclassmen saw Will Fredenberg finish 2nd, Reiber 3rd in 17:37, Robert Stump 4th with a PR of 18:07, Dominic Green 11th in 18:07, and Sawyer Northrop 47th in 20:18.
The Bulldogs will run in the D2 Finals at MIS Saturday at approximately 2:50 PM.