Vandercook Lake runner Andrew Frohm (1961) battles Nathen Letson of Adrian during the Hudson Booster Invitational Saturday. Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.
By Jeff Steers
Vandercook Lake High School cross country runner Andrew Frohm feels like he can compete with anyone on the course.
He proved that Saturday at the Hudson Booster Invitational behind Hudson High School.
Frohm finished the 5K course in 16 minutes, 34 seconds to edge Nathen Letson of Adrian for the Division 2/3 title.
He was behind the lead runner from Wauseon by about 15 yards with less than a mile left to run on a cool day in Hudson.
“I pulled ahead of the Wauseon runner in the woods,” Frohm said of his comeback win. “The Adrian runner (Letson) really helped me pull ahead.”
Frohm said he trained more than 55 miler per week during the summer. He is currently working on speed drills.
Last spring, he finished ninth in the 1,600-meter run at the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 finals. He missed all-state honors by one position.
“I was disappointed because I let a gap go in the race,” Frohm said.
Later in the day he placed eighth in the 3,200-meter run earning all-state honors.
“I feel like I can run with anyone,” Frohm said. “I run because I love to compete.”
There were a number of Jackson area teams at the popular meet. The races were divided into D-2/3 and D-4. In the boys’ D-2/3 race, Napoleon finished seventh as a team, East Jackson placed 18th, Michigan Center finished 20th, and Columbia Central 21st.
Alex Darnell of Napoleon finished eighth overall (17:08), East Jackson’s Donovan Cook was 56th (18:43) and Jacob Walker led Columbia Central with an 84th place finish (19:14), and Adam Derr of Michigan Center finished 89th (19:24).
In the girls’ D 2/3 race, Michigan Center finished 10th as a team and Columbia Central was 20th. Hope Wilkes of Columbia Central placed 20th (21:27) and Lizzie Williams of Michigan Center finished 22nd (21:29).
Jackson Prep was sixth in the boys’ D-4 race as Daniel Casey finished eighth individually in 18:22.
Eileen Warfield of Jackson Prep finished 25th in 23:06 in the girls’ event.