The Grosse Pointe South girls’ cross country team raced to a perfect shutout score (15-50) over MAC rival Warren Mott early last week.
South’s Kelsie Schwartz tied for first with teammate
Ersula Farrow in the win over Warren Mott. Photo by Courtney Geist
The win earned the Blue Devils a final dual meet mark of 15-0 and a six-year streak of undefeated seasons.
With the MAC Red Division championship in hand, the Blue Devils now focus on the MAC Championships (racing all 35 MAC schools from all four divisions) and the upcoming (Oct. 25) state regional. Both meets are held at Metro Beach.
Against Mott, South runners took the first 8 positions (a perfect score is when the first seven spots are taken).
South was led by the first place tie of Kelsie Schwartz and Ersula Farrow, posting a time of 20:24.
“Our top eight girls ran a very strategic race and followed our plan well,” head coach Steve Zaranek said. “All eight stayed together and pushed one another until the 2.5 mile mark. They were then on their own to finish strong. All eight were very successful.”
Also running under 21 minutes were Alexa Calas, Anna Piccione, Mary Spencer, Megan Sklarski, Sarah O’Neill and Kamryn Leonard.
“We were hoping for a gap of no more than 30 seconds between our top girls,” Zaranek said. “We were very pleased with our 29 second gap.
“Our practices have been going very well and we are focused on a strong October finish. The MAC Championships will provide an excellent tune-up for the state regional over the next two weeks.
“Our varsity wants to be on the starting line at the state finals in early November. I am very confident our entire team is ready to race at the highest level and also achieve personal success.”
Many South runners raced to season-best times against Mott and included Katie Kuhr, Megan Dziedzic, Caroline Forster, Lizzy Langenburg, Eryn VanDerHoeven, Christy Finkenstaedt, Rachel Martinez, Elise Koelsch, Carmella Goree, Mary Panagos, Vicky Beacham, Elizabeth Baratta, Margaret Sohn, Olivia Baratta, Gretchen Cozad, Alessandra Lai, Gracie Pellegrino, Jillian Kouayara and Ashley Nihem.