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Grosse Ile's Sydney Kreger was a winner at Saturday's Huron Invitational. Photo by Dave Chapman

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CROSS COUNTRY: Grosse Ile girls win Huron Invitational (PHOTO)

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It was a great day for the Grosse Ile girls’ cross country team on Saturday when they won the annual Huron Invitational.

The Red Devils finished first as a team with 51 points and also recorded a first-place individual finish.

Sydney Kreger won the race for the second consecutive year with a time of 19 minutes, 57 seconds.

“She was racing the clock,” Coach Larry Swick said. “She led the race the whole way and didn’t look back.

“She is a determined runner. Her breathing was good, her form looked good, her splits were good and now she just needs to keep working hard to get better.”’

Morgan Swick (20:57) and Maria Gedris (20:59) finished seventh and eighth respectively to round out the top-10 finishers.

“They were both looking to run under that 21-minute mark and they did just that,” Swick said. “I was happy to see both of them push each other even at the finish.

“This is how we are going to win races, when our girls pack together.”

The Red Devils were also helped out by Megan Swick (21:45) and Maddy Davis (21:47) in 17th and 18th. The two were in big competition and passed Chelsea’s runner in 19th place, which proved needed as the team beat Chelsea by two points.

“We have been talking about not getting beat at the finish line all week,” Swick said. “We were all nervous to hear the results, but I was happy with our outstanding performances either way.”

Overall, Swick was pleased with his girls’ overall performances.

“This was the first race where I thought the girls looked relaxed, worry-free and just had fun running,” he said. “I want this to continue throughout the season.”

Riverview finished fourth in the race with 127 points.

Haley Reynolds led the way in 12th place with a finish of 21:31.

Marina Goocher (21:41) and Mackenzie Hand (22:23) rounded out the top-30 finishes in 14th and 23rd respectively.

Katie Rainey led the way for eighth place Flat Rock with her 16th place finish. Rainey finished in 21:44 and helped lead the Rams to 185 points.

Makayla Warren was 30th with a time of 23:00.

Ninth place Huron (187 points) was paced by Rachel Yates (22:11). Kati Sandum (22:45) also finished in the top-30.

In the Division three-four race, Allen Park Cabrini was second with 68 points.

Carolyn Ferraiuolo paced the Monarchs in third place and finished in 19:58.

Hanna Burke (20:53) was eighth and Jordan Powell (21:10) was ninth to round out the top-10.


On Sept. 10, the Gabriel Richard girls’ cross country team did not let the 96 degree heat bother them and ran to a first-place finish at the first CHSL Jamboree at Memorial Park.

The Pioneers finished with 42 points. Host Shrine was second with 52 and Cabrini finished with 72 points in third place.

Casey Lyons led the way for Richard in third place with a finish of 20 minutes, 52 seconds.

Megan McLellan (6th), Elena Mazurkiewicz (8th), Katie Lyons (14th), Erica Augustyniak (21st) and Mary Pizzo (25th) rounded out the top-25 effort.

Alyssa Donofrio and Shannon Kowalewski also contributed on the day.

“The girls did a fine showing considering the heat and the competitive teams that were there,” Coach Ben Madero said.

The Monarchs were led by Carolyn Ferraiuolo in second place with a run of 19:58.

Hanna Burke (21:47) was fifth and Jillian Fenton (23:32) was 11th.

Shannon Kitz (27:57), Kathleen Szczezny (27:57) and Lindsey Levauve (30:32) rounded out the effort.

CHSL Division 3 Jamboree #1

Richard- 1st 42 points

Cabrini 3rd 72 points

2. Carolyn Ferraiuolo, 19:58

5. Hanna Burke, 21:47

11. Jillian Fenton, 23:32

33. Shannon Kitz, 27:27

35. Kathleen Szczezny, 27:57

42. Lindsey Levauve, 30:32

Last Updated: 9/17/2013 9:48:52 PM EST