The Kirtland Cross Country team hosted the 3rd annual Firebird invitational on Friday, September 21, 2012. The Firebird men were led to victory by team captain Joe Jones (Gaylord). Joe posted a first place finish with a time of 26 minutes and 47 seconds for the 8k race. Second in for the Firebirds was freshman, Michael Sutton, (Harbor Springs) who was 3rd overall with a time of 27:22. The Firebirds took advantage of pack running and took places 5, 6, and 7 with Evan Thomas (Roscommon), Steven Wysocki (Hale), and Harley Glover (Atlanta) respectively. Rounding out the Firebird squad was David Emerick (Roscommon) in 9th and Zach Hausler (Roscommon) in 20th.
This was the men’s first scored meet of the season, and they came out victorious with a score of 22. Alpena Community College was 2nd with 44 and Sault College of Ontario rounded out the top three with 61 points.
The Firebird women also competed in Friday’s Invitational. Dana Neumann led the Lady ‘Birds (Ellsworth) finishing in 4th place overall with a time of 24:42 for the 5k race. In 8th place was Krista Peterson (Roscommon) with a time of 27:15.