Heritage boys cross country finishes eighth, Evan Chiplock 38th at Division 1 state meet
Provided by Sean Lutz | The Saginaw News
BROOKLYN — One of the favorites to win a Division 1 state title as a team, Heritage came up short at the state meet Saturday at Michigan International Speedway.
Although they came up short, the Hawks did finish inside the top 10 for the fifth straight season. Heritage finished in eighth with 231 points, just 103 behind state champion Highland Milford.
Individually, Heritage senior Evan Chiplock was also a favorite to win a state title after finishing in fourth as a junior. He ultimately came up short, falling with .1 mile left to go in the 3.1-mile race.
“He was in second with .1 mile to go,” Heritage coach Gary Loubert said. “He collapsed. He ran a little bit more and found the strength to make it across the line to help his team out. He did the best he could to keep the team’s goals in mind and I’m really proud of how he fought.”
Chiplock, a two-time all-stater as a sophomore and junior, finished in 38th with a time of 16 minutes, 9.7 seconds.
Juniors Nate Cruz and Brandon Scharich finished at 16:19.8 and 16:21.9 for Heritage, respectively. Hawk seniors Tom Acosta (16:28.7), Mitchell Ellsworth (16:34.5), Bobby Leddy (16:34.9) and David Jensen (17:10.0) all contributed in the final high school cross country races of their career.
“We’ve accomplished a lot this season,” Loubert said. “They were in striking distance, right where they needed to be. I can’t believe we were eighth and only 103 points out.”