Granby Memorial High School runners have experienced some terrific success this year. In the fall the boys cross country team finished 5th in the state led by senior Daniel Owen. Daniel is the All State runner in Granby Cross Country in nearly 20 years. He has led the team as the number one runner for the past two seasons.
Finishing in the top 5 in the state, considering the health of the team, was an impressive accomplishment. Four of the seven runners were dealing with health issues. Ben Weber and Brody Landheer were the second and third runners for the team as they had been all season. Lucas Scotto ran a career best 19:16 at Wickham Park to finish fourth for the team. Otto Gotberg finished fifth, while Bryce Tomasino and Nick Krupa finished sixth and seventh for the Bears.
Granby completed its indoor track season on Sunday, March 10, with Jacob, Shine competing in Nike Indoor Nationals at the Armory in New York. Jacob qualified for Nationals in the shot with a mark of 48-11.75. This is the Granby Indoor all-time record.
The team finished fourth in the difficult NCCC conference at the conference meet. They then competed in the Class S state meet where they finished tied for 23rd out of 74 teams. The boys’ team set three individual records. The record setters were Jacob Shine all- time in the shot, Evan Wiggins sophomore record in the shot, and Hudson Branem sophomore record in 55-meter dash. He missed the all-time record by .02 seconds. The girls’ team finished tied for 10th at Conference and did not score at states.
The boys’ team was led by captains Jacob Shine, Jeremy Brough and Brody Landheer. They were assisted by all-conference runners Hudson Branem and Tyler Kroninger. They had contributions up and down the roster. The girls were led by seniors Evelyn Danke (MVP), Alison Wassick and Kelsi Stickels.
The outdoor teams begin their season on March 20. The team hopes to have its first home night meet this season. They are looking to continue the recent successes.