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Royal Oak Cross Country Runners Earn All-State Honors

Royal Oak High School and Royal Oak Shrine runners finish in the top 30 at the Michigan International Speedway on Saturday.

Royal Oak High School sophomore Ben Hill placed 10th (15:33.6) in the the boys Division 1 race, and senior Max Benoit (15:35.9) finished 13th at the Michigan International Speedway on Saturday to earn All-State honors in the indivdual results.

In the Division 4 boys' race, Royal Oak Shrine junior Ben Kendall (16:12.9) finished eighth, while in the girls' race senior Morgan Button (20:01.9) finished in 21st place.

In the team results, the ROHS boys’ cross country team finished in 16th place for the second consecutive year. Shrine boys finished in 13th place and Shrine girls finished in eighth place. Last season Shrine boys finished 14th; the girls 13th.

To qualify for the state finals, the Ravens won at the MHSAA Division 1 Regional race at Lake St. Clair MetroPark. They also captured the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division Cross Country Championship on Oct. 18 at Quickstad Park.

The Lady Knights won the cross country regional championship - just as they’ve done five years running. Not to be outdone, the Shrine boys also won the regional championship – their third in a row. 

The Royal Oak Shrine’s girls’ cross country team captured its second Catholic League title in three years on Oct. 20 at Kensington Metropark near Milford.

Division 1 - ROHS Boys Team Results

Name Place Grade Time Ben Hill 8 10 15:33.6 Max Benoit 12 12 15:35.0 Willie Davids 72 12 16.26.6 Calum Ahmed 126 11 17.00.3 Zeke Burns 159 12 17.21.2 Yousif Maizy 171 12 17.39.3 Kevin Trumble 189 11 18.13.5

Division 4 - Shrine Boys Team Results

Name Place Grade Time Ben Kendall 6 11 16:12.9 Connor Lockman 51 12 17:33.3 Matt Arce 52 12 17:33.7 Mike Guirey 124 11 18:54.4 Scott Proschek 147 12 19:26.4 Kyle Pawloski 161 10 19:54.1 Jake Miller 165 11 20:03.8

Division 4 - Shrine Girls Team Results

Name Place Grade Time Morgan Button 17 12 20:01.9 Madelyne Luddy 51 10 21:04.9 Grace Nagle 55 11 21:09.2 Gabby Schmidt 57 10 21:12.4 Clare Romano 73 11 21:43.4 Lexi Cavanaugh 135 12 23:45.9 Irene Dooley 143 10 23:53.8

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