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October 04, 2012
Taking a small group of 35 runners to the Legend’s Classic at Huron Meadows Metropark in Brighton last weekend, Grosse Pointe South’s girls’ cross-country team had 26 runners who came away with season best times.“This was a busy homecoming week and, in addition, many of our girls needed an off weekend to rest up and let injuries and illness improve,” head coach Steve Zaranek said.Led by an all-time PR of 17:50 by sophomore Ersula Farrow, the Blue Devils finished 7th in the field of 23 teams.Birmingham Seaholm won the meet, followed by Saline, Rockford, Brighton, East Lansing, Ann Arbor Huron and South.Kelsie Schwartz also had a season-best of 18:30. Both finished in the top 10, taking seventh and ninth, respectively. Sophomores Mary Spencer and Megan Sklarski each ran to season best times of 19:34 and 20: 08, respectively. Senior Nicole Keller’s 20:48 was also a PR, and freshman Anna Piccione ran a near PR 20:48.“Our intent was to work on the personal aspects of racing today,” Zaranek said. “The girls responded quite well with all the season best times.”Sarah O’Neill led South’s junior varsity contingency with an all-time best 21:20.Also finishing under 22 minutes was Natasha Boelstler.Those with PR’s under 24 minutes included Natalie Sullivan, Lizzy Langenburg, Evelyn Wheeler, Bridget Hennessy, Christy Finkenstaedt, Allison Cornell, and Madeline McDonnell. Still more South runners with season best performances included Ellen High, Janey Degnan, Lindsey Clark, Gen Hummer, Ariane Troschinetz, Alex Martin, Claire O’Neill, Hadley Diamond, Carly Walkowiak, Mary Panagos, Carina Dearing and Christy Ford.South’s boys’ team finished eighth, behind Romeo, Rockford, Ohio St. Francis, Brighton, Plymouth, Ann Arbor Huron and Wyandotte.Head coach Mark Sonnenberg’s top runners were junior Charlie Warren, 24th with a time of 16:30.20 and senior Bradley Sanford, 45th with a time of 16:58.50.The Blue Devils’ other runners were senior Zach Montgomery, 62nd with a time of 17:19.10; sophomore Michael Gates, 69th with a time of 17:22.60; junior Jacob Knuth, 72nd with a time of 17:24.30; senior Matt Geist, 78th with a time of 17:29.30; senior Michael Aro, 96th with a time of 17:46.60; senior Michael Fennell, 102nd with a time of 17:50.70; and senior Bailey Labadie, 149th with a time of 19:14.10.

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