Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Girls Team Preview

The GHS girls XC team returns several varsity runners from last season's team.

Megan Borgeson - Megan is now a senior and team captain for our team, as a returning all-regional and all-conference runner Megan was our #1 runner a few times last season and we look for her to be in or near that spot again this year. Megan also has the 6th fastest ever mile for GHS in track and is a very consisten runner with a 5k best of 19:58. Megan's best quality is the hard work ethic she brings to her summer workouts and mileage.

Geena Duff - now a Junior, Geena has been a staple of our GHS varsity xc team for the last two years, consistenly running on the varsity team in all but two races over her 26 race career. Geena's 20:27 time at the MHSAA state finals landed her as our 3rd best runner last season and she was consistenly around that time in our other big races. In 2010 she was about 40 seconds from being "all-regional" with a fine 29th place at the Benzie course. Geena's best quality is her desire - she gives her all to be at her best in big races.

Katelynn Dreyer - also a Junior, Katelynn has been in the same position as Geena - a varsity runner for the last two years. As a freshman Katelynn just missed all regional honors in XC but her track seasons have been filled with honors - both all-conference, all-regional and a school record in the 4x400m relay. Katelynn's speed is probably her best quality, but her endurance in XC is also very helpful to her team.

Paige Hypio - as a junior last year Paige came through with three huge races to give our team a big help at the end of our season. All year long (and throughout her xc career) Paige has been our #8-9-10th runner. But, last year she turned it on in the big meets and became our #4 runner at regionals, only 30 seconds from being "all-regional." Her 20:32 at regional for 5k was just what our team needed to qualify for our 12th straight MHSAA state finals. We are counting on Paige for a great senior season this year.

Maria Warren - Maria, now a Junior, has steadily improved from her freshman year getting faster and faster and faster, finally becoming a varsity runner in all the big races since the end of her freshman year. Maria is a true testament to how good a runner can become if they work hard enough. In the 8th grade Maria was near the back of the pack in the winter running club group - You'd never know it now as she can bust out a 21 minute 5k in almost any races she competes in.

Noelle Warren - also a Junior, Noelle was on and off the varsity a number of times last season but she did earn her varsity letter with several notable varsity races. Her 21:46 at the BNC finals last year put only about a minute behind our #1 runner and this sort of time on our tough course was definetly her best performance of the season. Noelle, like Maria, always pushes herself to be her best and always logs big summer miles to get ready for the XC season.

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