Pre-Meet Favorites Emerge At Michigan State Championships

           Abby VanderKooi shown during her victory at the Portage Invite earlier this season. 

Pre-race individual favorites held up their end of the bargain at the MSHAA State Championships this past weekend at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.  

Impressive performances were demonstrated throughout the meet by the athletes who, on paper, were expected to capture individual honors.   


Elite Performances 

Continue reading about the winners from each classification. 

Division 4 - 

Abby VanderKooi and Corey Gorgas both took dominant wins in the D4 contests.  VanderKooi, a freshman from Muskegon Western Michigan Christian, put a 1:15 gap on runner-up, Madison Volz of Lansing Christian as she posted a time of 17:47.30.  This marked her fourteenth victory of the season and her thirteenth time breaking 18 minutes.  She has also gone sub 17 minutes on a trio of occasions. 

Saugatuck's Corey Gorgas was equally as impressive on the boys side.  The senior won by a 40 second margin and he put his stamp on who the best D4 runner in the state is; he's earned seven victories and a runner-up finish in his eight starts during the 2018 campaign.  

Team Winners - 

Girls: Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart 69 points 

Boys: Saugatuck 62 points   

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