September 04, 2014The Grosse Pointe North girls' cross country team began its season with its annual dual meet against Warren Mott.
North head coach Scott Cooper and Mott head coach Mark Urquhart, were teammates in high school.
In the end, North won 19-42, improving to 1-0 overall.
"This is a true rebuilding year for us as we lost three key seniors," Cooper said. "We are building the talent base back up with several key veterans who have stepped up into key roles, and several great new freshmen who will help develop this team into great success."
The Norsemen's top runners were freshman Lauren Sickmiller, senior captain Maddy Denison, junior Keri Hryciuk, sophomore Erinne Lubienski, junior Alaina Streberger, freshmen Kate Wozniak, Stephanie Schaefer and Jenna Miller, senior Maria Fisher, sophomore Kristina Kowalski, senior captain Anne Race and junior Rebecca Flynn.
"Sickmiller, the last of the Sickmiller running dynasty, jumped right into her first season as a Norseman with a great finish on a tough Vernier Hill course winning," Cooper said. "She is accompanied by three other freshmen who are showing great promise, Wozniak, Schaefer, and Miller.
"Denison, Streberger, and Hryciuk are returning veterans to the varsity top seven (runners) and are picking up right where they left off, helping to bring this team to more success.
"Lubienski is new to the top group this season as a direct result of her hard work in track and off season during the summer.
"I was very proud of the number of new runners finishing their first race and struggling across that finish line."