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Blue Devils do well in Ohio

South sophomore Anna Piccione, right, helped lead the Blue Devils to a third-place fi nish at the Centerville Stampede in Dayton, OH. Photo courtesy of Steve Zaranek
September 26, 2013
Both Grosse Pointe South and Birmingham Seaholm, the top two Michigan teams from 2012, were invited to compete in the Centerville Stampede (Dayton, OH) last weekend.

The race featured 15 of Ohio’s best teams, including 6 of its top 10 Division 1 ranked squads.

Seaholm and South fared well, taking first and third, respectively.

“Seaholm has shown they are very deep and very strong up front,” head coach Steve Zaranek said. “They have some amazing runners.

“We focused on them knowing they would set the standard for this race.”

South’s third place finish followed last year’s championship at Centerville.

“We love coming down here to experience the best in Ohio,” Zaranek said. “With different runners and a different course, the experience is tremendous.”

Leading the way for South was Ersula Farrow, who placed third overall in the 105 runner field and just ahead of Jacquelyn Crow, the Ohio Division 1 defending state champion. Farrow covered the 5k course in 18:29.

“We were once again very happy to have our first five runners all under 20 minutes,” Zaranek said. “Due to the heavy rains the night before, the course was muddy and slow.”

Placing 12th overall was South’s Kelsie Schwartz at 19:24, with Alexa Calas in 14th at 19:34.

Also breaking the 20-minute barrier were Anna Piccione (19:57) and Mary Spencer (19:58). Also earning medals for their performances were Sarah O’Neill (20:57) and Kamryn Leonard (PR at 21:07).

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