Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Norsemen hang tough

by Bob St. John

October 04, 2012

The Grosse Pointe North girls’ cross-country team placed third in last weekend’s Hanson’s Invitational Division 1 meet.Sterling Heights Stevenson won with 37 points, followed by Clarkston with 53 and North with 57.The Norsemen’s top seven finishers were Allison Francis, Natalie Schaefer, Katelyn Carney, Sarah Rustmann, Sydney Benson, Alaina Streberger and Laura O’Brien.Francis, Schaefer and Carney all broke the 20-minute mark, while Rustmann was only four seconds away from the barrier.“This is incredible to have three runners in the 19s with others soon to join them,” head coach Scott Cooper said. “To be an elite runner, you have to be able to break that 20-minute mark and I was extremely proud of those girls today.“This is not a flat, fast course, but a hilly tough one, and to do this today meant they truly had great races.In the junior varsity race, Ashley Brown, Anne Race, Hailey Ferguson, Maria Fisher, Maddie Gafa, Brigitte Smith and Mary Lynn Hryciuk were the team’s top runners.Earning barrier shirts were Carney, Rustmann, Keri Hryciuk and Simone Bendix.Grosse Pointe North’s boys’ squad also competed, placing seventh with 174 points.Port Huron Northern won with 46 points, followed by Clarkston with 77, Utica with 132, Warren DeLaSalle with 150, Armada with 159, St. Clair Shores Lakeview with 170 and Grosse Pointe North with 174.Head coach Diane Montgomery watched Danny Ciaravino lead the Norsemen with a time of 17:38 to take 22nd and Tyler Sickmiller had a time of 17:47 to finish 25th.Nate Limback was 33rd with a time of 18:10, followed by Eric Balle, 42nd with a time of 18:33 and Alex Brady, 52nd with a time of 18:51.In the junior varsity race, the Norsemen had nine runners achieve personal bests.“The young guys, especially our freshmen, are really making great advancements in their training and racing,” Montgomery said. “We are hoping to see better performances in the jamboree and at the Wayne County Championships on Saturday.”