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Milford's state title highlights All-County cross country WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Milford's Mallory Barrett (left) and Victoria Heiligenthal raced liked the wind at the D1 state finals. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Birmingham Seaholm's Audrey Ladd (right) led West Bloomfield's Kyla Christopher-Moody and Waterford Mott's Rylee Robinson entering the last mile at the D1 state finals. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • West Bloomfield's Kyla Christopher-Moody (4394) was ahead of Whitney Reid (right) of North Farmington and Abby Inch (left) of Farmington at the OAA White race. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Lakeland's Olivia Clymer (left) kept the pace at the D1 state meet. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Milford's Mallory Barrett (1048) and Victoria Heligenthal (1051) recover after the D1 state race. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Nicole Grindling (1050) and Paige Saiz (1054) give Regan Lobodzinski some help after the state race. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Birmingham Seaholm's Emily Rooney (1010) and Audrey Ladd help teammate Regan McNally while Kati Beckeman (1006) recovers after the state race. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Clarkston's Mia Patria (1026) walks over to join Mallory Ferguson (1023) and Emily Ferguson (1022) after the race. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Milford's squad enjoyed that championship feeling after winning the D1 state title. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • West Bloomfield's Kyla Christopher-Moody finishes at the Oakland County meet. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • This regional lead pack included Waterford Mott's Rylee Robinson (464), Milford's Mallory Barrett (338), Lakeland's Madeline Rehm (497), Milford's Victoria Heiligenthal (342) and West Bloomfield's Kyla Christopher-Moody (472). (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Royal Oak's Kate Forsyth (1232) finishes the D1 race at the state meet. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Troy's Hanna Palomino (1156) and teammate Camille Loken finish at tje D1 state race. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
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  • Waterford Mott's Katie Osika makes it to the finish line at the state finals. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Lakeland's Madeline Rehm strides on in to the finish line at state. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Clarkston's Mallory Ferguson (from left), Mia Patria and Emily Ferguson recover from the race. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Troy's Megan Worrell completes her final strides to the finish line at state. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Birmingham Seaholm's Rachel McCardell finishes the race at the state finals. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Birmingham Seaholm's Emily Rooney (1010) and Waterford Mott's Katie Osika (1163) are in the first mile of the state race. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Troy's Megan Worrell (right) is just ahead of Lakeland's Rylee Lukes at state. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Emily Rooney of Birmingham Seaholm grimaces as she finishes the race at state. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Royal Oak's Grace Cutler crosses the finish line in first place at the Nike Holly Raffin Invitational race. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).

Seaholm, Mott, Lakeland also well-represented

Quality teams such as Clarkston, Troy, Birmingham Seaholm and Division 1 state champion Milford led the area with quality individuals to match the team output, as the area was not lacking in productive singular performances. Milford, though, benefitted the most with the first cross country state championship in school history as the Mavs continued their illustrious legacy as a distance-running power. Here is the All-Oakland County girls squad.

Mallory Barrett (Sr.)

Milford:

One-half of a sure-shot tandem that helped the Mavs win the D1 state title, Barrett has had a fabulous cross country career. A three-time all-stater and a two-time KLAA Lakes Conference and regional champ, Barrett was fourth at the KLAA Lakes meet, sixth at regionals and placed eighth at the D1 state championships. A key component for the Mavs’ success since her freshman year, Barrett also won the Autumn Classic. She had a season-best of 18:16.5.

Victoria Heiligenthal (Soph.)

Milford:

The other half of the Mavs’ sure-shot tandem, Heiligenthal, who was runnerup at the Autumn Classic, continues competing like a veteran. She was fourth at the Oakland County meet, won the KLAA Lakes Conference meet and placed fifth at the D1 regionals before placing 14th at the state finals. Season best of 18:26 came at state meet.

Rylee Robinson (Soph.)

Waterford Mott:

A contender in nearly every race she entered, Robinson settled for a couple of winning efforts at the Grizzly Invite and Waterford Mott Classic, and was Oakland County meet and KLAA Lakes Conference runnerup. Her best race could have been at regionals, where she ran most of the race without shoes after they slipped off. She placed ninth at the D1 state meet in a season-best 18:16.5.

Katie Osika (Jr.)

Waterford Mott:

Another veteran racer with solid efforts, including a runnerup finishes at the Grizzly Invite and the Waterford Mott Classic. She placed seventh at the KLAA Lakes Conference meet, was D1 regional runnerup and capped the season with an 11th-place finish at the D1 state finals. Her season best was 18:20.

Audrey Ladd (Sr.)

Birmingham Seaholm:

The leader of a Maples squad which was the best in the area, Ladd recorded four victories, including a pair of OAA Red jamborees, the Oakland County meet and D1 regional at Lake St. Clair. She was fifth at the Spartan Invite, fourth at the Jackson Invite and runnerup at the Coaching Legnds Classic before placing 10th at the D1 state finals for her second all-state effort. Had a best time of 17:42.

Kyla Christopher-Moody (Soph.)

West Bloomfield:

Always a threat to win, the improving sophomore notched five victories, including all three OAA White jamborees and the Mustang and Linden Invitationals. She was a D1 regional champ and placed third at the Oakland County meet. Christopher-Moody placed fourth at the D1 state meet and clocked a personal best of 18:00.7, more than a minute faster than last year’s state effort. Only area qualifier for Foot Locker National Championships in San Diego.

Rachel McCardell (Jr.)

Birmingham Seaholm:

Only her teammates kept her from winning more races although she snuck in a victory in the final OAA Red after placing second in the previous

two. Consistently under 19 minutes, McCardell was fifth at the Jackson Invite and Oakland County meets, D1 regional runnerup and placed 13th

at the D1 state championships. Her season best of 17:59 was a fourth-place finish at the Coaching Legends Classic.

Emily Rooney (Jr.)

Birmingham Seaholm:

Finished no worse than third in all three OAA Red jamborees, including a runnerup finish in the second one, and placed seventh at the Oakland County meet. Also finished ninth at the Jackson Invite, placed third at the D1 regional at Lake St. Clair, and finished 30th at the D1 state meet. Her best was 18:09.

Madeline Rehm (Soph.)

Lakeland:

A key component to the Eagles’ successful season, she rarely had a bad race. She placed thid at the KLAA Lakes conference after third-place finishes at the Averill and Nike Holly Raffin meets, was fourth at the Linden Classic and 10th at the Oakland County meet. Rehm was seventh at the D1 Linden regional, and finished 23rd at the D1 state meet in a season-best 18:43.

Olivia Clymer (Jr.)

Lakeland:

Placed 15th at the Oakland County meet and other than the state meet, where she placed 29th, had single-digit finishes in every race, including a victory at the Bauman Classic to open the season. Was Averill Invite runnerup, was fourth at the Nike Holly Raffin meet, sixth at the KLAA Lakes meet and ninth at the D1 regional at Linden.Her best of 18:48 came at state.

Abby Inch (Soph.)

Farmington:

Was normally up with the leaders, managing runnerup finishes at two OAA White jamborees and a second at the Linden Classic. Also was ninth at the Oakland County meet, 11th at the D1 regional at Linden and finished 27th at the state finals, where she recorded her season best of 18:48.

Grace Cutler (Sr.)

Royal Oak:

Spotty season with health issues restricted her performances, but she did win the Mustang and Holly Nike Raffin Invites to go with a victory in the first OAA White jamboree. She was third in the Jackson Invite, placed eighth at the Oakland County meet and fourth at the D1 Lake St. Clair regional. Her best time was 17:46 at Jackson.

SECOND TEAM

Mallory Ferguson (Soph.)

Clarkston, Soph.:

Had two fifth places and a fourth in the OAA Red circuit, was runnerup at the Hansons Invite and fifth at the D1 Anchor Bay regional before finishing 43rd at the D1 state meet. Her season best was 19:03.

Elizabeth Dalrymple (Soph.)

Clarkston:

Only ran six meets, but was sixth at Oakland County, third at Hansons Invite, fourth at two OAA Red Jamborees and fourth at the D1 regional at Anchor Bay. Had a best of 18:48.

Megan Nichols (Sr.)

Oakland Christian:

MIAC champ also won four other meets, including the Genesee Invite and Old Skool Classic, and also placed 16th at the Oakland County meet before a ninth-place finish at the D4 state finals. Her season best was 18:53.

Megan Worrel (Jr.)

Troy:

More than half her meets were single-digit finishes with a runnerup at the Dave bork Classic, a pair of eighth-place finishes at two OAA Red jamborees, an 18th place at the Oakland County meet and 35th at the D1 state finals. Her best was 18:42.

whitney Reid (Soph.)

North Farmington:

Managed a 14th place finish at the Oakland COunty meet, but also had a pair of fifth-place finishes in two OAA White jamborees, second at the River Rat Open, 10th at the Linden D1 regional and 63rd at the D1 state finals.

Allison Sherman (Soph.)

Lake Orion:

Key runner for Dragons placed 19th at Oakland County, sixth in the final OAA Red meet, third at the D1 regional at Anchor Bay and finished 56th at state finals. Season best of 18:54.

Kati Beckeman (Jr.)

Birmingham Seaholm:

Placed 20th at the Oakland County meet, but also averaged a ninth place at two OAA Red jamborees, Was eighth at the D1 regional at Lake St. Clair and placed 71st at state finals. Best time of 19:03.

HONORABLE MENTION

BERKLEY - Claire Kendell

BIRMINGHAM MARIAN - Mary Semak

CLARKSTON - Mia Patria, Emily Ferguson, Emily Gustafson

CLAWSON - Katlyn Pizzo

FARMINGTON HILLS HARRISON - Anya Turner

LAKELAND - Rylee Lukes

LAKE ORION - Emily Leipold

MILFORD - Regan Lobodzinski, Nicole Grindling, Natalie Black

NOVI - Kat Ray

OXFORD - Bridget Cusick

PONTIAC NOTRE DAME PREP - Lauren Neiheisel

ROCHESTER - Lauren Kaliszewski

ROCHESTER ADAMS - Jordyn Houle, Maddie Dessy

ROYAL OAK - Katherine Forsyth

TROY - Katie Scoles, Hanna Palomino, Camille Loken

WALLED LAKE CENTRAL - Haley Chinarian

WALLED LAKE NORTHERN - Sofanit Fisher

WATERFORD MOTT - Alexis Munley

COACH OF THE YEAR

Brian Salyers, Milford:

Salyers almost always gets a team to the state finals and the Mavs have a number of top-10 finishes to prove it, including some seconds and thirds. But this year’s edition did what no other Milford team did, and that’s win a D1 state title, the first in school history on the girls side. Salyers had to work around some injuries to do it, but he kept the squad battling nevertheless as the Mavs also won regional and KLAA Lakes Conference titles. “This is the first time we’ve had all seven guys on the line,” said Salyers after the state meet.

Last Updated: 12/14/2016 2:51:08 PM EST


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