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CROSS COUNTRY: Kreger-led Grosse Ile girls win regional championship (PHOTO)
Grosse Ile's Sydney Kreger was the individual champion of the Division 2 MHSAA cross country regional at Lake Erie Metropark Saturday. Her efforts helped lead the Red Devils to a regional title and the squad will compete Saturday at the state finals. Photo by Christine Stawowczyk
Both Riverview and Grosse Ile qualified their entire teams for the state meet in the D2 Regional race.
Grosse Ile made history when Sydney Kreger became the first- ever female regional champion from the school and Riverview secured its first trip to the state meet since 1982.
Twelve other individual girls qualified for the MHSAA state meet on Nov. 2 at Michigan International Speedway.
The Red Devils continued their almost perfect season with a first-place team finish with 38 points.
Dearborn Divine Child was second with 51 and Riverview was third with 93 to round out the team qualifiers.
Trenton was fourth with 130 points, Allen Park was eighth with 192, Huron was ninth with 247 and Flat Rock was 10th with 285.
The Red Devils had four top-10 finishers to help propel them to their first-place finish.
Sydney Kreger led the way with her first-place run of 19:34.50.
Maria Gedris was third in 20:04.80, Maddy Davis was fifth with a finish of 20:16.60 and Morgan Swick was sixth with a time of 20:21.00.
Also contributing were Megan Swick (21:31.10) in 23rd, Karolina Kvasnickova (22:02.40) in 29th and Valerie Christou (22:09.10) in 32nd.
“I am very proud to see their times improve and the girls really focused,” Coach Larry Swick said. “We have been preparing for this race the entire season (and) we ran our best race of the season.”
The Red Devils knew Divine Child was the team to beat and went into the race with the idea they were going to win.
“It was a team effort,” Swick said. “Everyone had to run their best and we did.”
Davis and Morgan Swick worked on DC’s No. 3 girl and succeeded to secure key finishes.
Swick ran a personal best, improving her time by 20 seconds.
“She really came through for us,” Swick said. “It was a good day for her (and) she has really improved this year.”
Captain Megan Swick was the leader of the team’s accomplishments according to the coach.
“She had the girls focused, determined and ready for the race,” he said. “Her leadership this year has really brought the team mentally prepared.”
Riverview went nine-10 in the top-10 to help the team to its third-place finish.
Lillian Hill led the way with a run of 20:24.89, followed closely by Haley Reynolds with a finish of 20:28.30.
Marina Goocher (21:19.80), Mackenzie Hand (21:40.60), Ryanna Ryan (21:47.20), Margaret Rausch (22:16.30) and Kaylee Kozlowski (22:39.60) rounded out the Riverview efforts.
Coach Aaron Shupe is pleased with his girls’ hard work all season.
“We are hoping this is a recruiting tool we can use to attract more runners to the team, and continue to have success as a team,” he said.
For awhile, it looked as if the Bucs may not qualify, but the return of senior captain Lilly Hill, combined with the continuous improvement of the rest of the squad gave the Bucs hope.
“Once the girls felt they had a chance at qualifying as a team, the intensity in practice picked up and there was a little more urgency on race day as girls ran to pick up spots,” Shupe said. “It was great to see the girls band together and support each other through the process of improving.”
Trenton, Flat Rock and Allen Park had individual qualifiers.
Zoe VanAuken (20:22.10) and Morgan Labert (20:29.00) were seventh and 11th respectively for the Trojans, Katie Rainey (20:30.30) was 14th for Flat Rock and Amber Castoreno (20:31.60) was 15th for Allen Park.
Five local girls advanced to the state finals after the D1 Region 5 race.
Woodhaven and Roosevelt finished fourth and fifth respectively as a team and each had 99 points.
The Warriors had two runners in the top-15 who qualified for the state meet while the Bears had three.
Roosevelt’s Robyn Loselle led the local girls with a fifth-place overall finish in a time of 18 minutes, 52.10 seconds.
Teammate Maggie Pawelcyzk was seventh with a run of 19:09.10 and Alyssa Harlow was 14th with a finish of 19:47.10.
Woodhaven was represented by Aly Trapp in 11th with a run of 19:44.10 and Chloe Hoye in 12th with a finish of 19:46.50.
In the regional race, Carlson finished eighth with 250 points and Anderson was ninth with 286.
It came down to the wire for the Bears and Warriors, who lost tie breakers to third-place Bedford who also finished with 99 points.
Saline was first with 18 points and Dexter finished second with 70 points.
Woodhaven Coach Becky Jackson knew it would be a tough one.
Just a few weeks ago, her Warriors were fifth in the region, but steady improvements put them right up with the Bears and Kicking Mules.
“We knew the third-place spot, and subsequent trip to the state meet was fair game for any of the teams,” she said. “From the start of the race, the ladies came out to race, but in a heartbreaking fashion, tied for third and lost the tiebreak by one place.
“While very disappointing, the team has a lot to be proud of this season.”
Trapp has led the Warriors all season, but knew a guaranteed spot at the state meet was not going to be easy.
“Last year she had a breakthrough performance at MIS and hopes to match last season’s efforts,” Jackson said.
Hoye is just a freshman, but has been steadily improving and a big part of the Warriors’ success throughout the season.
“She knew she had a shot at being in the top-15 and with a spectacular finish, qualified as a freshman,” Jackson said.
Roosevelt Coach Dave Lustig said the tie breaker with Bedford was unfortunate and something he’d never seen in his years of coaching.
Despite not sending the team to the state meet, Lustig was pleased with sending three girls. The girls are the first Roosevelt representatives since 2009 and Lustig’s first ever crew.
“They ran well all year and put themselves in position to give themselves a chance to do well on Saturday, and they did that,” Lustig said.
Despite the wind and bad weather, Loselle ran her best time and Pawelcyzk and Harlow were just 10 seconds off of personal bests.
Lustig said they performed well and doesn’t think the state meet will be an issue, despite the girls being so young.
“They’re excited about running,” he said. “I don’t think they’ve fully grasped where they stand right now.
“They love doing well and they love racing (and) they know the work that they put it that allows them to do it.”
In the D3, Region 25 race Allen Park Cabrini qualified two individuals and Riverview Gabriel Richard had one.
Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard won the region with 52 points. Ida was second with 79 and Erie Mason was third with 110 points.
As a team the Monarchs finished fourth with 120 points and the Pioneers were sixth with 153.
Carolyn Ferraiuolo led the way for Cabrini with her eighth-place finish in a time of 20:20.30.
Jordan Powell also qualified in 15th with a run of 20:43.60.
For Richard, Casey Lyons qualified after finishing ninth with a run of 20:21.50
Division 1 Results
4. Woodhaven- 99 points
11. Aly Trapp, 19:44.10
12. Chloe Hoye, 19:46.50
24. Tea Greca, 20:37.20
25. Kendra Cook, 20:47.00
27. Chloe Watters, 20:52.60
30. Lindsey Machcinski, 21:19.30
38. Melinda Dietz, 21:56.40
5. Roosevelt-99 points
5. Robyn Loselle, 18:52.10
7. Maggie Pawelcyzk, 19:09.10
14. Alyssa Harlow, 19:47.10
36. Elizabeth Raupp, 21:54.00
37. Brittany Cini, 21:54.50
43. Julia Kanack, 22:17.20
46. Melanie Farley, 22:34.50
8. Carlson- 250 points
33. Katy Woods, 21:33.40
40. Alexandra Kaminske, 22:13.20
57. Maleah Marshall, 23:07.30
58. Svenja Kunz, 23:08.50
62. Juanita Gratowski, 23:49.20
69. Brooklyn Proudlock, 24:32.70
73. Courtney Wallace, 24:51.70
9. Anderson- 286 points
51. Morgan Fantow, 22:49.60
53. Hailey Zacharski, 22:58.80
54. Hallie Tingstad, 23:04.80
63. Amber Simms, 23:53.70
66. Nichole Lapkewych, 24:11.90
70. LeAnna Richards, 24:40.90
72. Kyra Goeller, 24:49.90
Division 2 Results
1. Grosse Ile- 38 points
1. Sydney Kreger, 19:34.50
3. Maria Gedris, 20:04.80
5. Maddy Davis, 20:16.60
6. Morgan Swick, 20:21.00
23. Megan Swick, 21:31.10
29. Karolina Kvasnickova, 22:02.40
32. Valerie Christou, 22:09.10
3. Riverview- 93 points
9. Lillian Hill, 20:24.80
10. Haley Reynolds, 20:28.30
21. Marina Goocher, 21:19.80
26. Mackenzie Hand, 21:40.60
27. Ryanna Ryan, 21:47.20
34. Margaret Rausch, 22:16.30
44. Kaylee Kozlowski, 22:39.60
4. Trenton- 130 points
7. Zoe Van Auken, 20:22.10
11. Morgan Labert, 20:29.00
33. Claudia Petrucco, 22:10.30
38. Lauren Randazzo, 22:23.20
41. Victoria Hebda, 22:34.00
42. Catherine Miller, 22:38.20
45. Aubree Baker, 22:46.00
8. Allen Park- 192 points
15. Amber Castoreno, 20:31.60
30. Kaley Kauff, 22:05.00
36. Brittnee McDonald, 22:19.20
54. Ammy Rosales, 23:11.50
58. Emily Lovasz, 23:57.70
60. Courtney Murray, 24:18.30
67. Allie Cayo, 24:42.70
9. Huron- 247 points
30. Kati Sandum, 22:03.30
43. Rachel Yates, 22:39.20
47. Ruslana Gill, 22:51.20
63. Ana Perecki, 24:34.80
69. Samantha Yates, 24:57.60
76. Jillian Farr, 27:00.40
79. Breanna Campbell, 27:47.20
10. Flat Rock- 285 points
14. Katie Rainey, 20:30.30
66. Camille Hamet, 24:42.00
68. Bethany Schalm, 24:55.20
75. Olivia Lawson, 26:40.50
78. Athena Thacker, 27:41.90
88. Salina Blanchard, 31:50.00
4. Cabrini- 120 points
8. Carolyn Ferraiuolo, 20:20.30
15. Jordan Powell, 20:43.60
22. Hanna Burke, 21:07.80
25. Jillian Fenton, 21:16.80
50. Allison Surma, 22:38.40
56. Paige Kulchinsky, 22:48.60
77. Shannon Kitz, 24:16.00
6. Richard- 153 points
9. Casey Lyons, 20:21.50
31. Elean Mazurkiewicz, 21:40.50
33. Katie Lyons, 21:48.90
39. Michelina Partipilo, 22:08.20
41. Megan McLellan, 22:19.90
52. Erica Augustyniak, 22:43.10
86. Shannon Kowalewski, 24:52.70
Last Updated: 10/29/2013 3:02:30 PM EST