Sunday, October 5, 2008

GIRLS Portage results


Portage CC Invitational, the largest XC meet in the midwest. 160 cross country teams and 42 of them in our division 2.
The girls race featured 6 of the top ranked teams in the state and the GHS harriers ended up a solid 3rd.
After coming in ranked 6th (current rankings http://michigancrosscountry.com/index.php/2008/week-five-2008-michigancrosscountrycom-prep-rankings/) we were anxious to show the competition that we had something more to show them and we did just that. Amanda Olds had another breakthrough race with her 19:16, 13th place finish. Amanda is setting herself up as one of the best runners in D2, she's learning how to be a front runner and deal with the stresses of being in the front. With Sammy and Amber right behind today, we had a low score that puts us right back in the top 3 teams in the state. Our 1-2-3 punch of Amanda Olds, Samantha Hunt, and Amber Kassuba all had top 30 finishes. Anna Kassuba had a personal best time and a huge race to finish just behind sister Amber and Dawn Pagels improved her best time by over one minute and had a blazing fast finishing kick to pass at least 10 runners. These top 5 gals all had a good race today. But, I think they still have a lot more in them. In 4 weeks we'll be at MIS for the state finals and if things go well we might be able to move a bit close to 1st and 2nd place teams. Krystin Dreyer and Megan Borgeson rounded out our varsity scoring with personal best times also. These two gals would be in the top 5 of over 30 of the D2 varsity teams here today.

TEAM RESULTS - DIVISION 2 VARSITY - WOMENS



1. 89 GR CHRISTIAN ( 19:23 1:36:51) (ranked #1 in the state)
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1 6 Alyssa Penning Gr Christian 12 18:57
2 14 Kimby Penning Gr Christian 10 19:20
3 15 Erika Overbeck Gr Christian 10 19:22
4 25 Liza Gunnink Gr Christian 10 19:34
5 29 Dana Veen Gr Christian 10 19:38
6 ( 52) Leah Warners Gr Christian 12 20:12
7 (110) Kristin Bielema Gr Christian 9 21:06

2. 106 EAST GRAND RAPIDS ( 19:25 1:37:02) (ranked #2 in the state)
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1 5 Kassidy Clark East Grand Rapids 9 18:53
2 7 Lauren Grunewald East Grand Rapids 11 18:57
3 18 Jessie Baloga East Grand Rapids 9 19:24
4 30 Brianna Clifford East Grand Rapids 11 19:43
5 46 Kathleen Stubbs East Grand Rapids 11 20:05
6 (106) Jill McLain East Grand Rapids 10 21:04
7 (118) Nicole Dear East Grand Rapids 11 21:14

3. 155 GAYLORD ( 19:44 1:38:37) (ranked #6 in the state)
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1 13 Amanda Olds Gaylord 10 19:18
2 19 Samantha Hunt Gaylord 12 19:27
3 26 Amber Kassuba Gaylord 12 19:35
4 35 Anna Kassuba Gaylord 10 19:53
5 62 Dawn Pagels Gaylord 9 20:24
6 ( 96) Krystin Dreyer Gaylord 10 20:58
7 (100) Megan Borgeson Gaylord 9 21:01

4. 177 FOREST HILLS EASTERN ( 19:47 1:38:55) (ranked #3 in the state)
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1 9 Ellen Junewick Forest Hills Eastern 10 19:04
2 11 Alyssa Dyer Forest Hills Eastern 10 19:09
3 39 Margo Dixon Forest Hills Eastern 10 19:59
4 42 Lauren McCarthy Forest Hills Eastern 10 20:01
5 76 Kailene Schabes Forest Hills Eastern 11 20:42
6 ( 77) Alissa Brouwer Forest Hills Eastern 11 20:43
7 ( 89) Ann Kennedy Forest Hills Eastern 11 20:51

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