The Bucs placed fourth in the six-team O-K Red Conference. They took 16th at the Portage Invitational and 30th at the Michigan State University meet.
But the Bucs saved their best for when it counted the most, taking third at last Saturday’s Division 1 regional meet and qualifying for today’s state finals at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.
“This team has overachieved the last few weeks, and we still haven’t run our best race yet,” coach John Tarr said.
Making the state meet was a huge accomplishment for all of the Buccaneers, and an even bigger feat for senior Will Swain, who has never competed at the state championship race.
“My freshman season, we should have made it as a team, but a couple kids got sick,” Swain said. “I missed qualifying on my own by one spot. My sophomore year, I had pneumonia, and last year, I had a broken foot,” Swain said. “It’s nice because it’s my senior year.”
“It was my goal this year to get Will to the state meet,” Tarr said with a laugh. “It’s a huge weight off my shoulders.”
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