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Top Flint-area runners use Kayla O’Mara Invitational as tune-up for state cross country meet

Bill Khan | The Flint Journal, October 17, 2009 3:23 p.m.

GOODRICH, Michigan — Jake Hord doesn’t have to worry about how to beat David Madrigal anymore.

The focus from here on out will be preparing to win a state championship, which might actually be easier.

The friendly cross country rivalry between the two senior All-Staters ended Saturday with another decisive victory by Madrigal, who lowered his own Durand school record with a time of 15:28.5 in the Kayla O’Mara Memorial Invitational at Goodrich Middle School.

All Hord did while taking second place in the Division 2 race was post a time of 15:47.2, his fastest performance since running a Linden school-record 15:42.9 to place third in last year’s state meet.

Both runners are obviously ready to make a run at individual state championships in their respective divisions Nov. 7 at Michigan International Speedway, Madrigal in Division 3 and Hord in Division 2.

So are Goodrich’s Taylor Pogue, who won the girls’ Division 2 race in 18:26.3, and Grand Blanc’s Omar Kaddurah, who put up a winning time of 15:53.6 in the boys’ Division 1 race despite not feeling strong.

Madrigal won all four matchups with Hord this fall, with neither race coming down to a kick. It appeared that Saturday’s race might offer some drama when they were still together past the midway point of the five-kilometer race.

Madrigal made his move when he got the wind at his back and quickly opened up a sizeable gap to take control.

“We’ve run together for the past five years,” Hord said. “It’s crazy how he beats me by that much and I still P.R. He’s got just as good a chance of winning (the state championship) as anybody else.”

Madrigal has lost only one race all year, taking third behind Kaddurah and Swartz Creek’s Jeremy Dickie in the Greater Flint meet. Kaddurah and Dickie run for Division 1 schools.

“That’s the main goal, to be state champ,” said Madrigal, who was fifth in Division 3 last year. “I’m feeling good. I’ve gotten 10 seconds faster at every invitational I’ve gone to. At the beginning of the season, I was 16:10. I’ve progressively gone down. I haven’t had a bad race yet.”

Pogue has gained confidence from her recent performances on her home course. She ran a personal-best 18:06 Tuesday in a dual meet before running her second-fastest time of the year Saturday.

“I feel good going into states,” said Pogue, who was fifth in the state Division 2 meet last year. “For a little while, I was kind of worried because I wasn’t getting down, so I was worried my times at states wouldn’t be that great. The last couple weeks they’ve been lower.”

Linden swept the boys’ and girls’ Division 2 championships. Linden’s boys won 30-43 over Durand, while the Eagles’ girls won 36-41 over Lapeer East.

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