On Saturday the men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete in the State Championships at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn Michigan.
The regional runner up women team will be making their 13th consecutive trip to the state finals and their 26th trip in the past 27 years.
All season the team has been led by the trio of Libbie Gleason, Marielle Hatfield and Austin Smith.
Gleason who will be competing in her 4th straight state meet is looking to close out her outstanding cross country career with a personal best performance at the state meet.
Gleason is coming off a season that has included 1st team all-region and 1st team all Saginaw Valley League honors and a 2018 track season that included an all-state performance in the 1600 meter run.
Freshman Marielle Hatfield has shown maturity beyond her years having been the top finisher for the Chargers 8 times this season. Hatfield also earned 2nd team all Saginaw Valley League and 1st team All Region Honor and will be looking for a big day on Saturday. Powers cross country is in Hatfield’s blood as her Grandfather, the legendary Coach Michael Gould, coached the Chargers to a state title and 3 runner up finishes at the state meet.
Junior Austin Smith who joined Hatfield and Gleason on the All Region and All Saginaw Valley league teams will be competing in her second state meet after running her career best time to lead the Chargers at the regional meet.
Sophomore Michelle Pendell will be competing in her second state meet and will be looking make a big impact after terrific races at the SVL and Regional Championships.
Freshman Caroline Vance is coming into the state meet red hot after running personal best times in her last 2 races and will look to keep the hot streak going. Being the granddaughter of great coaches is something that both of the Powers freshman competing in the state championships have in common as Caroline’s Grandfather, Mike Vance, was a longtime track and cross country Coach at Flint Central.
Sophomore Kaylee Huey has capitalized on a breakout track season that included a state meet appearance as part of the 3200 meter relay to take a spot in the top 7 at the state meet and is ready for a big performance at her first cross country state meet.
After battling illness for the majority of the season Junior Maggie Smith is healthy and will be looking to make an impact for the Charger in her 2nd straight appearance in the state meet.
The men’s team is making their 3rd consecutive trip to the state finals and is looking to follow up on a 8th place finish in 2017.
Senior Ethan Hamilton has led the Chargers every meet this season while finishing as the Saginaw Valley runner up. Hamilton will be competing in his 3rd state meet and will be looking to use his experience from the previous 2 state meets to compete with the best runners in the state.
Sophomore Matt Hart has overcome the disappointment of missing the state meet as a freshman to establish himself as the second runner for the Chargers. Hart will be looking to run a career best time on Saturday.
Junior duo Carter Owens and Devin Daunt have been key contributors all season for the Chargers. Daunt competed at the 2016 and 2017 state meets and is headed to his 3rd state finals. For Devin Daunt Powers Cross country is a family tradition as his mother Courtney competed at the State finals 4 straight seasons from 1995-1998 including an all-state finish in 1996.
Carter Owens will be competing in his second state finals and will be looking to push his best time under 17 minutes on Saturday.
Senior Kyle Chalut will be competing in his second state meet after making it as a sophomore but getting edged out for a spot in the state meet as a junior. Chalut, an all-around athlete has been doing double duty this season as he is also the starting kicker for the Powers football team and will be competing in a 2nd round playoff game Friday night.
Sophomore Nick Mammal may be the breakout performer of the season for the Chargers. Mammal took over a minute off his personal record, going from 18:33 as a freshman down to 17:30 as a sophomore and making himself a consistent varsity performer in the second half of the season.
The state meet team is rounded out by Freshman Lucas Danic who took his personal best down to a superb time of 17:43 in his final race before the state championships.
The boys will be racing at 1:30. Girls at 2:50 and the awards presentation will be at 4 PM.
Spectator admission is $8 per person.
If you can’t make it to MIS the MHSAA will be providing a finish line camera and posting live results. Please follow the link below.