Members of the Imlay City cross country team present and past gather for a group photo after faring well at the Irish I was Faster 4K Race.

TRI-CITY AREA — Imlay City’s Elliot Whitney posted a 14:53.64 time, paving the way to a first-place finish last Saturday the Imlay City-based Irish I was Faster 4K Race.

This race was put on by the Imlay City Athletic Boosters and raised money for various athletic expenses. The athletic boosters strive to provide coaches with needed equipment and programs to help student athletes achieve their goals, hopes and dreams. The race raised $4,000 towards grants that coaches submit.

John Monette, of St. Clair Shores, pulled up second. It took him 15:38.49 to accomplish the feat.

Mark Vandenberg, Imlay City, 16:08.93; Jason Babock, Howell, 16:34.9; Mason Wildie, Attica, 16:51.74; Alex Williams, Caro, 17:10.73; Eric Schubring, Rochester, 17:22.78; Ezekiel Kustowski, Imlay City, 18:06.41; Andrew Allen, Imlay City, 18:48.7; and Wade Murray, Lapeer, 19:01.07; rounded out the top-ten male finishers

Lisa Grout, of Imlay City, 17:36.45; earned the distinction of female pacesetter.

Imlay City’s Jenna Denver, who registered a 17:36.51 clocking, wound up second.

Cassie Williams, Caro, 18:59.02; Tracie Kania, Troy, 19:09.75; Melynda Kinzer, Imlay City, 19:19.56; Alice Johnson, Imlay City, 19:32.97; Charlotte O’Brien, Avoca, 19:43.51; Audrey Napolitano, Dryden, 20:02.83; Sarah Lauwers, Almont, 20:21.41; and Sophia Sinocola, Oxford, 20:22.83; rounded out the top-ten female finishers.

A total of 112 runners completed the 4K race.

Ella Everhart won the Little Shamrock 1K Race earlier that day.

Kevin Kissane

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.