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Performance: Hart's Adelyn Ackley

Performance: Hart's Adelyn Ackley
Friday, November 11, 2016
After finishing runner-up at the 2015 Lower Peninsula Division 3 Final to Traverse City St. Francis’ Holly Bullough as a freshman, Hart's Adelyn Ackley was driven for more Saturday at Michigan International Speedway. Not only did she emerge as champion this time,...
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Farrell, Milford Finish Incredible Runs

Farrell, Milford Finish Incredible Runs
Saturday, November 5, 2016
When everyone packed up and left Michigan International Speedway last year, cross country gurus inclined to predict the 2016 MHSAA Division 1 girls cross country race had no shortage of candidates for the individual championship. Of the top 17 finishers, 13 were non-s...
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Windemuller, Otsego Set Pace in D2

Windemuller, Otsego Set Pace in D2
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Kayla Windemuller was exhausted from a championship effort. The Holland Christian junior didn’t have much left in her after winning the MHSAA Division 2 individual championship Saturday with a time of 18:06.4.
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Ackley, St. Francis Hold off Charging Cougars

Ackley, St. Francis Hold off Charging Cougars
Saturday, November 5, 2016
The finish line couldn’t arrive soon enough for Hart sophomore Adelyn Ackley. There was no one in front of her at Michigan International Speedway as she sprinted down the final stretch Saturday in the MHSAA Division 3 cross country meet. It’s what was behin...
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Sacred Heart, Strenge Surge Again

Sacred Heart, Strenge Surge Again
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Ava Streng and Bailley McConnell both got what they came for Saturday. Streng, a Battle Creek St. Philip senior, reclaimed the MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 4 individual cross country championship with a powerful front-running performance at Michigan International Sp...
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Preview: Champs Return as Favorites

Preview: Champs Return as Favorites
Friday, November 4, 2016
A total of 987 girls will launch from the starting line during four MHSAA Lower Peninsula Cross Country Finals on Saturday at Michigan International Speedway. And a number of those athletes have plenty of experience crossing the finish line first over the last few seas...
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Northern Stars Seek Elusive D1 Title

Northern Stars Seek Elusive D1 Title
Thursday, November 3, 2016
After dominating the Big North Conference, and running away with Regional crowns, Alpena’s Mitchell Day and Traverse City Central’s Sielle Kearney are in position to set a new benchmark in northern Michigan. They will run to become the first northern Michig...
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Dow's Jensen Setting Pace as Freshman

Dow's Jensen Setting Pace as Freshman
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Anna Jensen opened her freshman cross country season at Midland Dow with a pair of top-two finishes and sub-19 minute times. Before her third meet, she went to the doctor, because she didn’t feel right while running in the previous two. There she received a diagn...
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2 New Champions Rise at UP Girls Finals

2 New Champions Rise at UP Girls Finals
Sunday, October 23, 2016
It was a history-making day for the Sault Ste. Marie High School girls Saturday as they were crowned Upper Peninsula Division 1 cross country champions for the first time with 34 points. Ishpeming reigned again in Division 2, and the Cedarville girls won for the first ...
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Preview: Champs Favored to Reign Again

Preview: Champs Favored to Reign Again
Friday, October 21, 2016
The Upper Peninsula’s dominant girls cross country programs will be looking to add to those legacies Saturday at Gladstone’s Beauchamp Cross Country Course. Marquette is seeking its fourth straight title in Division 1, while Ishpeming in Division 2 and Chas...
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Performance: Pioneer's Anne Forsyth

Performance: Pioneer's Anne Forsyth
Monday, October 17, 2016
Ann Arbor Pioneer junior Anne Forsyth has been one of the state’s fastest distance runners since starting her high school cross country career three seasons ago. But she’s made a jump to MHSAA championship contender this fall, showing it again by running a ...
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Performance: Lakeview's Maggie Farrell

Performance: Lakeview's Maggie Farrell
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Among the most intriguing stories from the first month of cross country season is the significant improvement of Battle Creek Lakeview's Maggie Farrell. On Friday, Farrell won the Spartan Invitational “Elite” race at Michigan State University with a time of...
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Frederick Sticks with XC, Stays in Lead

Frederick Sticks with XC, Stays in Lead
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
One of the leading contenders to win an MHSAA cross country championship this fall nearly gave up that opportunity so she could switch gears for her senior year.  Linden's Alia Frederick, who was third in the Lower Peninsula Division 2 Final last season, considere...
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Through the Years: Girls Cross Country 1978-2015

Through the Years: Girls Cross Country 1978-2015
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
The MHSAA Girls Cross Country Finals is never short on star power and awe-inspiring performances, whether rivals are racing on the state's largest track at Michigan International Speedway or among the changing leaves at one of the Upper Peninsula's wooded courses. ...
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Freyhof, Otsego Celebrate Finals Wins

Freyhof, Otsego Celebrate Finals Wins
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Erika Freyhof didn't say a whole lot when talking about herself, even on the day she won the MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 2 cross country championship. What really got her to light up and open up was when the topic shifted to her team.
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Division 1 Winners Lead Speedy Packs

Division 1 Winners Lead Speedy Packs
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Panic set in, but only momentarily. With all of the pressure that takes place in an MHSAA Cross Country Final, a runner could easily become unraveled by the unexpected. 
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St. Francis Follows Bullough to D3 Title

St. Francis Follows Bullough to D3 Title
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Holly Bullough knows something about playing with pain. She is, after all, from one of Michigan's most well-known football families. So, she wasn't going to let a stress fracture in her left foot keep her from defending her MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 3 championshi...
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Fornari, Sacred Heart Join Finals Greats

Fornari, Sacred Heart Join Finals Greats
Saturday, November 7, 2015
The feeling of elation had yet to replace the feeling a runner gets after laying it all on the line. Walking away from the finish line, Tessa Fornari of Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes was breathing heavily, even though she finished with plenty of breathing room to wi...
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Preview: Changes Coming at the Top?

Preview: Changes Coming at the Top?
Friday, November 6, 2015
There could be a few changes on the trophy stand at the end of Saturday’s Lower Peninsula Girls Cross Country Finals at Michigan International Speedway. But maybe not.
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UP Champs Repeat as Rudden Takes 1st

UP Champs Repeat as Rudden Takes 1st
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Marquette High School’s Lindsey Rudden has excelled in track and cross country throughout her prep career. The senior harrier has earned her share of Upper Peninsula Division 1 titles in track, but hadn’t won at the U.P. Cross Country Finals prior to Satur...
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