Girls Cross Country team in the Monroe Jefferson Invite

The Brighton Girls Cross Country team competed at the Monroe Jefferson Invite on Saturday, September 20th at Sterling State Park.  They won the meet with only 27 points in a field of 10 teams. 1-Brighton 27, 2- Saline 79, 3- Livonia Churchill 103.  The meet was won by Jenna Sica in 19:26 followed by Andrea Crowe, 2nd 19:47.  Our top 5 girls placed in the top 10.  The girls compete against Hartland on Tuesday at Hartland High School.

Submitted by Kristi Matuszewski

Cycling Team in Novi’s Lakeshore Park Tree Farm Trail

Both Michigan weather and Brighton Cycling delivered their best on Saturday 20th September at Novi’s Lakeshore Park Tree Farm Trail. A true fall classic cycling event that set the growing Brighton Cycling race team against serious Southeastern Michigan contenders from Clarkston’s Flying Rhino MiSCA Team, Detroit Country Day, and other club and bike shop teams.

Trail conditions were mixed; primarily dry hard pack with some slick muddy spots and loose sand that threatened to unseat those that took chances in these areas to gap their competition. Freshly painted with swaths of Michigan mud on their limbs as they lapped by spectators, it was obvious the Tree Farm Trail was conducting classes for these student racers.

Five new riders joined Brighton’s race team and for the first time this season, Brighton managed to seed one of the 10:00am Waves. New Brighton racers in the 9 mile Beginner Men’s 15-18 category threw down the gauntlet early with strong finishes; Ben Yahr (58:50.9) and Camden Newton (1:06:12.2) secured 1st and 2nd place respectively with Josh Springer (1:13:49.3), just joining the club, closing the door on Brighton’s competition taking 5th place.

The 11:30am Waves matched Brighton’s experienced racers against fierce competition in JV and Varsity with a reconfigured course that added both distance and technical trail segments.

1st place in the congested 14 mile JV Men’s division, with 22 contenders, was captured by Nate Lorence (1:10:28.9) who was closely followed by Colin Wood (1:12:35.6) in 2nd place. Racers Rob Ort (1:14:00.0) and Andrew Allen (1:14:32.8) tied up the 5th and 6th place slots with Noah Allen (1:22:51.5) taking 9th place and helping bottle up the top half of the JV bracket with Brighton athletes. Wade “I caught too much air” Thomas was leading the JV pack through the second lap but was “snake bit” by a hard landing off a trail feature, taking him out of contention with a flat rear tire.

In 18 mile Women’s Varsity, Brooke Tyrrell (1:58:58.0) reeled in 2nd place, despite taking part in a couple Tree Farm Trail lessons on her second lap.

Brighton athletes in the 18 mile Men’s Varsity category also spent some time in Tree Farm Trail’s class with Kyle Bohnsack (1:29:02.9) who, despite barking a tree with his shoulder and getting a new paint job, took 2nd place, and was closely followed by Spencer Grasl (1:29:28.7) and Austin Loper (1:30:07.3) securing the 3rd and 4th place spots respectively, sporting some fresh paint (mud) as well. Stuart Schmoeger’s herculean effort to overcome the Varsity leader proved to be too much for his bike’s drive train as he logged a DNF due to a broken chain and two broken spokes.

Truly a team effort, Brighton Cycling Racers filled several positions in the top half of their respective race categories preventing competing teams from securing valuable points in those brackets. The terrific performance of the expanded team overwhelmed competing clubs and Brighton took home the MiSCA Team Award for the first time this season with a score of 6 points.

The final MiSCA Race, which will determine this year’s State Champions, is at Bloomer Park in Rochester Hills on the 27th of September. It is not too late to join the Brighton Cycling club and participate. The team still need racers in the 11-14year and Beginner Men’s and Women’s categories.  More information can be found at:

Better yet, just come out and ride on Wednesdays at Island Lake’s Trail Head Parking Lot at 3:45pm. Bring the whole family! Parents and siblings are welcome to ride too.

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Submitted by TJ Tyrrell

Girls Cross Country defeats Howell

The Brighton Girls Cross Country team defeated Howell today in their dual meet 16 – 47 at Three Fires Middle School.  The team was lead by Jenna Sica and Kirsten McGahan.  The girls took 11 of the top 12 places.  They compete again Saturday at the Monroe Jefferson Invitational at Sterling State Park in Monroe at 10:30am.

Submitted by Kristi Matuszewski

Girls in Spartan Invitational

The Brighton Girls Cross Country team competed in the Spartan Invitational on Friday, September 12th in the Elite race.  The girls placed 4th in a field of 28 teams. 1- Seaholm 58, 2- Traverse City Central 139, 3- Northville 169, 4- Brighton 193.  The team was lead by Jenna Sica (25th, 19:10), Kirsten McGahan (33rd, 19:27) and Andrea Crowe (35th, 19:28).

Submitted by Kristi Matuszewski

Brighton Cycling

The Brighton Cycling club promotes the healthy lifestyle that mountain biking and cycling brings to students and their families. Club rides are typically held on Wednesdays at the Island Lake Recreation Area Trail Head Parking Lot at 3:45 with roll-out at 4pm, weather permitting. The club is coached by cycling enthusiasts BHS Principal Johnson of “Mentor Video” fame, BHS teacher Ted Buckless, and TJ Tyrrell. Although there is no obligation to do so, many club members choose to participate in the Michigan Scholastic Cycling Association (MiSCA) Race Series which has three events this year, the last of which will determine the USAC State Champion team.
Information about MiSCA can be found here:
Brighton showed up with their best at the 1st MiSCA race held in Ann Arbor. Nine racers gave it their all and captured many podium positions and put Brighton in a good position to capture the team award. 
The Olson Park circuit was a mix of paved trail and twisty single track that goes through woods and along a bluff overlooking the pond. Plenty of rocks and roots with a couple of loose gravel sections challenged rider’s bike handling skills and made for an exciting race.
Kyle Bohnsack and Austin Loper raced in the Men’s Varsity category and clinched a first and third respectively. Kyle took the early lead which continued to lengthen on each of Varsity’s four laps of the course turning in a time of 1:00:28.0. Austin looked like the favorite for the second spot but several unplanned dismounts took their toll and he turned in a 1:04:22.6 for 3rd place.
Brooke Tyrrell captured the hole shot in Women’s Varsity and never gave it up capturing 1st place with a time of 1:16:55.4.
A large group of starters in Men’s Junior Varsity resulted in a tangle after the gun taking out two of our racers. Noah Allen headed back to the pits with a taco’d front wheel and Wade Thomas got back in the race after getting his bike back together. Wade overcame the deficit with a huge effort finished with a time of 48:22.2 which would have captured a podium position were it not for a rule dispute in which he was disqualified on a technicality. A good learning experience for all.
However, the hotly contended Men’s Junior Varsity riders Colin Wood (48:18.6) captured 2nd place with Rob Ort (49:38:0) in 5th followed close behind by Nate Lorence (50:35.8) and Andrew Allen (52:55:0) securing 7th and 8th place respectively with three laps.
In the end, Brighton’s lack of contenders in the plethora of racing categories allowed Detroit Country Day to narrowly capture the Team Award with 5 points to Brighton’s 7.
The next MiSCA Race is at Novi Tree Farm (Lakeshore Park) on the 20th of September. It is not too late to join the Brighton Cycling club and participate. Better yet, just come out and ride on Wednesdays at Island Lake.
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Submitted by TJ Tyrrell

Girls Cross Country wins Ramblin’ Rock Invitational

The Brighton Girls Cross Country team competed in the Ramblin’ Rock Invitational on Saturday, September 6th.  We won the meet among a field of 12 teams. 1- Brighton 40, 2- Salem 45, 3- Livonia Churchill 84.  The team was lead by junior Jenna Sica 19;24 (3rd), junior Kirsten McGahan 19:54 (4th) and sophomore Andrea Crowe 19:57 (5th).  The girls compete in their first dual meet against Pinckney on Monday, Sept. 8th at 5:00pm at Huron Meadows metro park in Brighton.

Submitted by Kristi Matuszewski