Girls Cross Country

 

Bloomingdale Racers Achieve Historic Goal

Bloomingdale Racers Achieve Historic Goal
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
High fives, music and a hallway full of students gave the Bloomingdale cross country teams an enthusiastic sendoff as they departed for the MHSAA Finals at Michigan International Speedway two weeks ago. The best part? The girls team already had carved out a place in th...
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Theis, EGR Forge Championship Paths

Theis, EGR Forge Championship Paths
Saturday, November 3, 2018
The crown is staying in the family. One year after Lansing Catholic’s Olivia Theis ran the fastest time ever at the MHSAA Girls Cross Country Finals, her sister assumed her vacated Lower Peninsula Division 2 title Saturday at Michigan International Speedway.
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Rams' Star, Clarkston Finish Fall as D1 Elite

Rams' Star, Clarkston Finish Fall as D1 Elite
Saturday, November 3, 2018
When Ericka VanderLende came out for cross country as a freshman in 2015, there was nothing that indicated Rockford was getting another one of Michigan’s all-time great runners. She had never run cross country before, and it showed.
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Hart, Ackley Complete Another Title Charge

Hart, Ackley Complete Another Title Charge
Saturday, November 3, 2018
Shepherd’s Amber Gall set the bar for Hart’s Adelyn Ackley back in middle school. It was the desire to beat Gall, whose times caught her attention, that drove Ackley to start training seriously back then.
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Stellar Debut, 4-Peat Kick Off Girls Finals

Stellar Debut, 4-Peat Kick Off Girls Finals
Saturday, November 3, 2018
Other states have reputations for producing great athletes in other sports, but Michigan is known for cranking out elite high school cross country runners. The latest running phenom to come out of the state is freshman Abby VanderKooi of Muskegon Western Michigan Chris...
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Preview: Senior Stars Enter Final Stretch

Preview: Senior Stars Enter Final Stretch
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Michigan International Speedway will showcase Saturday the last MHSAA Finals for a pair of the most successful champions all-time in this state. Hart’s Adelyn Ackley will run for her third individual championship while attempting to lead her team to a repeat in L...
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Plenty Propels Chassell Championship Chase

Plenty Propels Chassell Championship Chase
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Small school. Big tradition. That’s pretty much the way it is at Chassell High School, which captured both the girls and boys Upper Peninsula Division 3 cross country championships Oct 20 at Munising.
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Sault, Hancock, Chassell Girls Prevail

Sault, Hancock, Chassell Girls Prevail
Sunday, October 21, 2018
It was a historic day for Sault Ste. Marie’s cross country program Saturday as its girls team completed a sweep of the Upper Peninsula Division 1 titles 90 minutes after the boys started the championship run at Pictured Rocks Golf Course. The Sault girls, placing...
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Preview: Racing to Reign Again

Preview: Racing to Reign Again
Friday, October 19, 2018
All three reigning team champions are loaded again. All three reigning individual champions are back in the field (even if two are this time running the same race). Saturday’s Upper Peninsula Girls Cross Country Finals at Pictured Rocks Golf Course in Munising ea...
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Performance: Rockford's Ericka VanderLende

Performance: Rockford's Ericka VanderLende
Friday, October 12, 2018
After spending Saturday morning taking the SAT, Rockford's Ericka VanderLende ran the second-fastest time of the day at the prestigious Portage Invitational, besting the field by 45 seconds with a 17:33 to earn the Michigan Army National Guard “Performance of the ...
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Anderson Shows Way for Fenton Runners

Anderson Shows Way for Fenton Runners
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
The runners on the Fenton girls and boys cross country teams admired and respected coach Jesse Anderson before he placed 20th overall at the 2018 Boston Marathon. But that performance definitely didn’t hurt his credibility.
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Gull Lake XC Extends Tradition Cross-State

Gull Lake XC Extends Tradition Cross-State
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Every year since 1993, Gull Lake’s runners have carried a game ball from their football opponent’s school to the Blue Devils’ stadium in advance of the Homecoming game. Previously, the longest trip was 72 miles from Niles. But this fall, Gull Lake&rsq...
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Ellsworth On Course for More Big Finishes

Ellsworth On Course for More Big Finishes
Friday, September 21, 2018
Running fever is running rampant in Ellsworth, and it’s got quite a grip on the small Antrim County school. Despite having fewer than 100 students in their high school, the Lancers’ boys and girls cross country teams thrive on a statewide level, thanks to n...
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Performance: Hanover-Horton's Judy Rector

Performance: Hanover-Horton's Judy Rector
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Hanover-Horton senior Judy Rector has returned from injury to become a two-time MHSAA Finals track champion, and she’s surged into her senior cross country season pacing among the state’s elite in that sport as well.  Rector ran a personal-record 18:07...
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Troy, Rockford Leader Make Title Jumps

Troy, Rockford Leader Make Title Jumps
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Finally, a pleasant memory at Michigan International Speedway for Rockford junior Ericka VanderLende. Her first two trips around the cross country course at MIS were OK, but weren’t indications of the greatness that awaited her.
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Theis Leads Cougars, Leaves a Legend

Theis Leads Cougars, Leaves a Legend
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Of the thousands of girls who have run in the MHSAA Cross Country Finals at Michigan International Speedway, only one had ever broken the 17-minute barrier. Winning the 2009 Lower Peninsula Division 1 meet in 16:54.8 just a month before winning the national Foot Locker ...
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Repeat Champ Paces Hart's 1st Title Run

Repeat Champ Paces Hart's 1st Title Run
Saturday, November 4, 2017
The arrival of four girls from the same family at Hart High School resulted in a day the Pirates have never experienced in any sport. With four Ackley girls finishing in the team’s top four spots, Hart won the MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 3 cross country champi...
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Concord Senior Rises, Irish Stay on Top

Concord Senior Rises, Irish Stay on Top
Saturday, November 4, 2017
When Samantha Saenz of Concord needs training partners or racing advice, she leans upon the school’s boys team. “I don’t have many girls on my team, so I train with the boys, so that helps,” she said. “They’re fast.”
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Performance: LCN's Karenna Duffey

Performance: LCN's Karenna Duffey
Friday, November 3, 2017
Macomb L'Anse Creuse North senior Karenna Duffey, coming off her fourth Macomb County championship and a repeat Macomb Area Conference Red title as well, ran the state’s fifth-fastest time of last weekend to win her third Regional title and earn the Michigan Army ...
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Friendship Binds Champion Sister Acts

Friendship Binds Champion Sister Acts
Friday, November 3, 2017
Former college teammates Calvin Ackley and Rob McConnell used to joke that if their seven “little girls” ever took up cross country, and ran on the same team one day, that maybe, just maybe, they could win an MHSAA Finals championship.  The one team th...
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