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By Jeff Steers
JTV Sports

(November 11, 2020 6:03 PM) The Concord High School boys’ varsity cross country team finished third in the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 4 state finals on Saturday.

While most teams would be ecstatic about that finish, the Yellow Jackets may look back and say what if.

Carson City-Crystal won the Division 4 title with 157 points, CHS was third with 166.

The average for teams winning state cross country titles in Michigan the last two years is 88 points. Teams are scored by individual finishes – first place equals one point, second place equals 2, etc. – and teams attempt to score the lowest point.

A total of 157 is the highest winning score since 2013 when Highland-Milford scored 165.

“A couple of our runners ran awesome, some didn’t … wasn’t our day,” Coach David Jordon said. “You have to all run well on the same day to win a state title.

“Carson City-Crystal ran well.”

Jonathan Mikovits and Joe Bulko finished in the top 30 for the Yellow Jackets, earning all-state honors.

Mikovits was ninth overall in 16 minutes, 58 seconds and Bulko was 26th with a time of 17:41.

Both are juniors and expect to come back next year.

“I didn’t feel the greatest out there,” Mikovits said. “The course was in decent condition … better than past years.”

Bulko said the day was surreal with no fans on the course, no tents, two separate races, and temperatures in the low 70s.

“It was completely different than last year – no fans and a head-win to start the race,” Bulko said. “I would prefer colder conditions over this … but I can’t complain.”

Bulko said his coach talked to him about the solitude of running and he felt it on Saturday.

“You were alone on the course just thinking about you and the person in front of you,” Bulko said.

Senior Logan Barrett was 34th (17:53) for the Yellow Jackets; Luke Holton, another senior, placed 70th (18:26); Isaac Waldron was 100th (18:52); Cole Thompson finished 189 in 20:13; and Chuckie King was 203rd (20:36). 

“I was proud of our kids (this year) because they put in all the workouts and made it happen. We should come back stronger next year,” Jordon said.

Joe Bulko of Concord High School finished in the top 30 in Division 4 state cross country finals at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday. Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.

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