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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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UP Girls Finals Stacked with Champions

UP Girls Finals Stacked with Champions
Friday, October 23, 2015
All three individual champions from 2014 will run at Saturday’s MHSAA Upper Peninsula Cross Country Finals, sponsored by Michigan National Guard, and two team champions from last season are favored to repeat. Here's a look at some of the teams and individuals exp...
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Marquette Primed to Continue Dynasty

Marquette Primed to Continue Dynasty
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Red is the dominant color when you talk about cross country in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Courtesy of one of the pre-eminent cross country programs in the state, red is worn by the Marquette High School teams that have been a scourge to the rest of the U.P. since the ...
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Potential Realized, Otsego Runs for More

Potential Realized, Otsego Runs for More
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Megan Aalberts was in middle school when she first realized the potential of her classmates and what their future running days could look like. “Going into sixth grade and middle school, I could already see that the girls in my grade and a year behind me were r...
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Engadine Cross Country Gets Fast Start

Engadine Cross Country Gets Fast Start
Friday, September 18, 2015
Twenty-eight years had passed since Engadine High School was last represented in cross country. The year was 1987, when Deren Pershinski captured the Upper Peninsula Class D championship as the Eagles’ lone representative. Things are different this year, as the E...
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#TBT: MHSAA Cross Country Goes 5K

#TBT: MHSAA Cross Country Goes 5K
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Oxford Hills Country Club hosted the 1980 Lower Peninsula Class B Cross Country Finals on what had to be a chilly day, considering the heavy coats and winter gloves worn by spectators in the photo above taken during the races that day. A little cool in the air isn&rsqu...
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Traverse City's Best Pace State's Elite

Traverse City's Best Pace State's Elite
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Two decisions, no regrets.  Holly Bullough made the switch from soccer, Anthony Berry from football. Today, the two Traverse City seniors are among the best high school runners in the state.
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Redettes' Rudden Aims to Add to Legacy

Redettes' Rudden Aims to Add to Legacy
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Lindsey Rudden has enjoyed a stellar high school track career, to say the least. She could graduate next spring as the top high school female distance runner in Upper Peninsula history.  But one accomplishment that has eluded her, however, is a U.P. cross country ...
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#TBT: Pioneer Mourns Champion Coach

#TBT: Pioneer Mourns Champion Coach
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Ann Arbor Pioneer this week mourned longtime girls track & field and cross country coach Bryan Westfield, who died Sunday at the age of 72 and led Pioneers teams to a combined 19 MHSAA team championships over a career spanning more than three decades. He began coac...
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Speedy 2nd Helps Seaholm Retake 1st

Speedy 2nd Helps Seaholm Retake 1st
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Rachel DaDamio of Birmingham Seaholm may be the only runner to ever finish second in an MHSAA championship cross country meet without ever having won a race in her career. Not one race. Not even a dual meet or low-key invitational. 
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St. Johns' Smith Finishes Final Pursuit

St. Johns' Smith Finishes Final Pursuit
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Karrigan Smith of St. Johns had been closing the gap on Kenzie Weiler of Cedar Springs the past three years. Smith finally caught her and passed her Saturday to win the MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 2 cross country championship at Michigan International Speedway.
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Ithaca, Bullough Claim 1st Titles in D3

Ithaca, Bullough Claim 1st Titles in D3
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Holly Bullough of Traverse City St. Francis had raced Amber Way of Charlevoix numerous times, but never with as much at stake. Bullough closed a gap of about 75 yards and used one final surge in the last 10 yards to beat Way to the finish line and win the MHSAA Lower ...
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Beal City Repeats, St. Phil Soph Surges

Beal City Repeats, St. Phil Soph Surges
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Ava Strenge's goals were constantly being upgraded as she made her way along the five-kilometer cross country course at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday.  She didn't come into the MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 4 meet as one of the favorites, having pl...
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Preview: 3 Racing for Individual Repeats

Preview: 3 Racing for Individual Repeats
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
For the second straight season, many eyes at this weekend’s MHSAA Lower Peninsula Cross Country Finals will be focused on a girls race of the best from some of Michigan’s smaller schools. On Saturday, Macomb Lutheran North’s Gina Patterson will run fo...
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