LSJ Cross Country Runners of the Year

Boys cross country runner of the year

Lansing Catholic junior learned to push himself


Girls cross country runners of the year

Mason, St. Johns juniors enjoy a friendly rivalry

Lansing Catholic junior Keenan Rebera learned something from a disappointing fifth-place finish at the Division 3 state meet a year ago that proved invaluable in helping him capture an individual state title last month.

“I was sick, but I pushed through really hard,” he said. “I actually was running the majority of the race by myself. It was the hardest I had pushed myself, and it showed me I had an extra gear. It showed me I had what it took.”


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Juniors Meg Darmofal of Mason and Karrigan Smith of St. Johns finished 1-2 at the Greater Lansing Cross Country Championships in mid-October for a second time in three years.

Then Smith ran a career-best 5K time of 18:04 while taking third in the Division 2 state meet last month at Michigan International Speedway. One place behind her in fourth was Darmofal, who had run a career-best 18:03 at the Portage Invitational a month earlier.


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