Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Blue Devils earn post-season honors

by the Grosse Pointe News

December 06, 2012

According to the NHSCA (National High School Coaches Association), Grosse Pointe Southís girlsí cross-country team finished the season ranked No. 2 in the nation.

The only team to finish higher was Michiganís Birmingham Seaholm. Also placing in the top 10 was Saline, giving Michigan three of the top nine positions nationally. Both Seaholm and South upended six-time national No. 1 Fayetteville Manlius High School in New York.

In addition, three South cross country runners were named to the Division 1 All-State Team: senior Hannah Meier, junior Kelsie Schwartz and sophomore Ersula Farrow.

Meier became the first runner in South history to earn four consecutive All-State awards. Schwartz has now earned three consecutive awards and Farrow earned her second straight.

More honors came to the Blue Devils in the postseason as the team earned academic awards with an overall grade point average of 3.878. South had the third highest team GPA in the state.

At the recent team awards night, several special honors were awarded. The top four runners, Hannah Meier, Kelsie Schwartz, Ersula Farrow and Haley Meier, earned the most valuable athlete award. All four were part of Southís 2011 state championship team and this yearís state runner-up team.

Earning the Most Improved Award were sophomore Mary Spencer and freshman Hadley Diamond, while freshman Anna Piccione earned the Rookie of the Year Award.

Special Captainís Awards were given to Janey Degnan, Natalie Sullivan, Ellen High and Rachel Forcillo. Coaches Awards were given to Sam Holm, Annalise Bissa and Gretchen Cozad.

Hannah Meier was also recognized for lowering her own school-record 5,000 meter (3.1 miles) mark to 17:16 and was named the MAC Most Valuable Athlete for the fourth straight year.

The 20 seniors on the team experienced during their cross-country career four undefeated seasons, 19 invitational championships, four MAC red division titles, four state regional titles, a state runner-up title and a state championship.