GHS girls qualify for state finals FOR THE 23RD TIME IN THE LAST 29 YEARS. Zak Goddard caps a fine regular season with an individual qualifier status.
Alexis Smith becomes Gaylord's 4th regional champion on the girls side. When you put Alexis' name in with Katie Harriger (2003) Thereseanne Zimmerman (Huprikar) (2004 & 2005) and Sloan Secord (2006 & 2007) you realize how special of an athlete she is. Today she totally dominated the regional competition and, I think, this is her first win EVER for GHS. It is so tough competing in the Big North Conference and many of the invitationals that we go to as we look for high level competition, but today Alexis was not to be denied. Her nearly 30 second win was about as convincing as it gets. This puts Alexis in the lead pack at the state finals and gives her a shot at the overall title for D2 State Champion.
Katelyn Smith had the race of her life. During our regular season she hovered anywhere from 45-70 seconds behind Alexis and came into the regional race ranked # 6 -- and ended up 3rd only 30 seconds behind Alexis. She truly had an amazing race and this sets her up nicely to possibly earn a top 20 position at MIS in the MHSAA finals next weekend.
Courtney Busch had a huge improvement from last weekends NMXCC invitational - running 22 seconds faster and nailing a top 20 finish for us. I am sad for Courtney because last year she finished in the top 15 earning "ALL REGIONAL" status and this year she did not make it because our regional was stacked with so many highly ranked teams. Put her in any other regional and she is definitely "ALL REGIONAL" status.
Carlie Martella and Bri Martin have decided to shadow each other and use each other to push themselves and today it worked nailing down our #4 and #5 spot nicely. Just like Courtney, either of these girls could be "All Regional" in many other regions. Carlie especially had a nice race, taking nearly 30 seconds off her time from last weekend on the same course. Bri continues to improve and has done an excellent job as a freshman in a high stress # 5 position.
Emily Byrne and Alli Kowatch rounded out our top 7 varsity with solid performances.
Zak Goddard places 14th to punch his ticket to MIS. Zak has had some ups and downs this season but put it together when it was most needed - today. He had a solidly paced race to continually move up the field into the top 15 to earn "ALL REGIONAL" honors. Justin Desloover, Nick Green, Matt Jaroneski, Mason Monchilov, Kenny Smith and Derek Giallombardo all return next season for the blue devil harriers.
workouts this week.
MONDAY - EASY DISTANCE
TUESDAY - EASY DISTANCE
WED - TIMED MILE HARD !!! A few 400's for fun and some 200m finishes.
FRIDAY - DEPART GHS AT NOON, get to HOTEL @ 330pm, run workout, clean up and head to dinner @ Olive Garden ASAP. Then MALL, then team meeting, then bedtime.
Saturday MHSAA D2 STATE FINALS - GIRLS 1:30pm Boys 230pm, then awards.
TEAM BANQUET THURS NOV 12th.
GIRLS BRING A DESSERT TO PASS
BOYS - BRING POP, MILK, Chocolate Milk