The Milford boys cross country team won the state championship Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn, MI. The Mavericks won the championship for the second year in a row with 83 points. Junior Brian Kettle scorched the course with a time of 15:07.3 to finish first in the field of 251 runners.
“Being here last year was a great learning experience which gave me a game plan this year,” said Kettle.
A beaming Coach, Brian Salyers, said, “There is no exact formula. The back end of our team (runners 3-7) is a big key to our success. Our seven guys ran their lifetime best this afternoon.” Salyers said he was very pleased with the team score of 83 points to finish ahead of Waterford Mott’s 167 and Rockford’s 186.
Senior Cody Snavely closed out his outstanding career for the Mavericks finishing in 4th place with a blistering time of 15:16.7. Both Kettle and Snavely earned all-state honors for the second consecutive year.
The “back end of the team” had six runners finish under sixteen minutes: Senior Chris Housel (15:46) who was 22nd, senior Matt Graves (15:47) took 24th, junior Kevin Black (15:54), who was 33rd, followed by 36th place runner Clinton Caddell (15:59). Junior Jeffery Field came in 37th at 16:05.
Milford took their 4th state championship in the last ten years: 2003, 2004, 2011 and 2012. The win solidifies the Maverick's team as a cross country powerhouse.