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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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1st-Time Winners Rule U.P. Girls Finals

1st-Time Winners Rule U.P. Girls Finals
Sunday, October 19, 2014
The element of surprise always is a possibility in any athletic endeavor. Gladstone High School sophomore Leigha Woelffer surprised many people including herself Saturday by earning her first Upper Peninsula Division 1 cross country championship at Gentz Homestead Gol...
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Preview: History in the Racing

Preview: History in the Racing
Friday, October 17, 2014
Gentz Homestead Golf Course in Harvey will host MHSAA Finals on Saturday that could showcase a few extremes in Upper Peninsula girls cross country. In Division 1, Marquette is seeking its 29th MHSAA team title. Ishpeming in Division 2, meanwhile, can add a crownin...
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#TBT: Onekama Star Lends a Shoulder

#TBT: Onekama Star Lends a Shoulder
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Jaylee Brown, a 2012 graduate of Onekama and current member of the Northern Michigan University cross country and track and field teams, recently received a Student-Athlete Sportsmanship Award from the NCAA Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct. Brown encounte...
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A-PLUS Idea: St. Johns 'Under the Lights'

A-PLUS Idea: St. Johns 'Under the Lights'
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Cross country runners will cover 5 kilometers a lot this fall, with unique courses and different competitors providing the variety to go with that standard race distance.
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Seaholm Star Tunes Out Hype, Fulfills It

Seaholm Star Tunes Out Hype, Fulfills It
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Audrey Belf tuned out all of the noise. The Birmingham Seaholm junior didn't want to get caught up in all of the chatter surrounding her quest to win the MHSAA Division 1 cross country championship. She wanted to relax her mind all week, then do what she does best &m...
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Cedar Springs' Weiler Takes Next Step

Cedar Springs' Weiler Takes Next Step
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Kenzie Weiler was satisfied with being the MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 2 cross country runner-up the last two years. This time, Weiler wasn't going to be content with second place.
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Reigning Champ Sets Pace in D3 Repeat

Reigning Champ Sets Pace in D3 Repeat
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Amber Way of Charlevoix made up a lot of ground since last year, but couldn't quite close the gap entirely against Gina Patterson of Macomb Lutheran North. Patterson repeated as the MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 3 girls cross country champion, but had to win a ferocio...
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Breckenridge Star Finishes Historic Run

Breckenridge Star Finishes Historic Run
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Kirsten Olling's greatest competition wasn't on the course at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday. The names she was chasing were names from the past, some of the greatest runners in the history of Michigan cross country. 
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Preview: History Awaits Finals Field

Preview: History Awaits Finals Field
Friday, November 1, 2013
Breckenridge High School has a mere 244 students. But one could finish this weekend's MHSAA Finals among an elite few in state girls cross country history. Three-time champion Kirsten Olling already is one of the all-time greats. But if she can win one more title, she&...
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Marquette Caps Perfect Season with Final Win

Marquette Caps Perfect Season with Final Win
Sunday, October 20, 2013
The Marquette girls and Menominee senior Kameron Burmeister concluded their cross country seasons in impressive fashion in Saturday’s Upper Peninsula Division 1 Final.
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Preview: UP Contenders Back for Firsts

Preview: UP Contenders Back for Firsts
Friday, October 18, 2013
The first MHSAA Finals of cross country season will be run Saturday at Gentz Homestead Golf Course in Munising, and there will be more than a few familiar faces in the field.
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What a Finn-ish for West Bloomfield Star

What a Finn-ish for West Bloomfield Star
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Success comes so easily for some great athletes that they take it for granted.   West Bloomfield senior Erin Finn has experienced enough adversity in her running career that she appreciates each and every accomplishment.
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Bos Buzzes to Repeat as D2 Champion

Bos Buzzes to Repeat as D2 Champion
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Julia Bos of Grand Rapids Christian seems to answer more questions about the style of her running, rather than the substance. It's impossible to argue with the results. On Saturday, she won her second straight MHSAA Division 2 individual championship.
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Maples Win First Title, Finn Wins Second

Maples Win First Title, Finn Wins Second
Saturday, November 3, 2012
The level of competition made its first MHSAA cross country championship even sweeter for Birmingham Seaholm. Seaholm, Grosse Pointe South and Saline took turns beating each other this season, setting up a three-way showdown for the Lower Peninsula Division 1 girls c...
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Patterson Makes Move From 6th to 1st

Patterson Makes Move From 6th to 1st
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Gina Patterson of Macomb Lutheran North was one of the favorites to win the MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 3 cross country championship, based on her performance last season. She may have been the only person who didn’t view herself as one of the runners to be...
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