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Aubrey Wilberding was one of the Maples' top finishers at Huron Meadows Metropark. (Oakland press file photo).

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CROSS COUNTRY: Seaholm makes statewide statement with victory

Maples capture Coaching Legends meet title

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Birmingham Seaholm’s massive depth was on full display Saturday at the Coaching Legends Cross Country Classic at Huron Meadows Metropark in Brighton.

The Maples put five runners among the top 10 finishers in the large school race, finishing with a miniscule 26 points to take the meet title among a field of strong teams and probable state contenders.

The results couldn't have been more promising for Seaholm coach Jeff Devantier, who entered the Maples into the competition with a purpose.

"We wanted to see how we stacked against the best teams in the state on a fast course," Devantier said. "Being at full strength for the first week since the season started we showed we can run with anyone.

It was a very telling meet for us."

Saline, equally impressive with three top 10 finishers, was second with 46 points and Rockford was third with 116.

Defending Division 1 state champion Grosse Pointe South was also in the field, but finished seventh. The Blue Devils, though, were without twins Haley and Hannah Meier, two nationally-ranked distance runners. But Ersula Farrow and Kelsie Schwartz, two members of South’s national record setting 3,200-meter relay in track last season, along with the Meier twins, did run. Farrow was first in 17:50 and Schwartz was eighth in 18:30.

Seaholm’s Audrey Belf placed second in 17:54 in her first effort breaking the elusive 18- minute barrier this season. Rachel Dadamio (18:19), Tess Wilberding (18:24) and Aubrey Wilberding (18:25) took places four through six, and Marissa Dobry was ninth in 18:33 to complete the Maples’ scoring. With Julia Demko placing 18th in 18:50 and Danielle Bentzley placing 19th in 18:57 — they were the Maples’ sixth and seventh finishers — Seaholm had seven runners finish in under 19 minutes.

Saline was in the vicinity with five runners under 19 minutes.

Among other area teams, Troy finished ninth with 271 points as Lauren Miller led the Colts by finishing 40th in 19:45. Holly was 13th with 364 points as Charlotte Ruffini led the Bronchos in 60th place (20:19).

Among the boys, Romeo placed first with 49 points and Rockford was second with 58 points. Seaholm finished ninth with 257 points as Stephen Young (20th) and Spencer Miller (37th) led the Maples.

At the Haslett Invitational, Walled Lake Northern placed second with 66 points, only four points behind winner Concord. Devin Kimberlin was fourth (16:25), Alex Glasson was eighth (16:33) and Tyler Brinks was 11th (16:42) to lead the Knights. Troy Jones (20th) and Mitch Lafaive (23rd) rounded out the scoring.

Walled Lake Western’s Dennis Mitchell led the Warriors by placing seventh in 16:32.

Among the girls, Walled Lake Northern placed fifth with 154 points as Alyse Dietz led the Knights by placing 11th in 19:38. Holly Mattson (24th), Jenna McKenna (36th), Darcy Kimberlin (39th) and Jackie Woods (44th) completed Northern’s scoring.

Last Updated: 9/30/2012 9:42:03 PM EST

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