BROOKLYN, Mich. – As the field at Michigan International Speedway Saturday made the big turn after the long starting straightaway, turning to cross the actual speedway about 500 meters in, Grosse Pointe South teammates Hannah Meier and Kelsie Schwartz led the field by 10-15 meters, while Erin Finn was tucked back quietly in a group behind them. Knowing that Finn was still on the road to recovery from an iron deficiency, one could hardly keep from wondering if she was up to defending her 2011 MHSAA Lower Peninsula State Finals Division 1 girls’ crown.
Highland-Milford’s boys cross country team is never far from the top. As Coach Brian Salyers likes to point out, his squad has placed in the top ten in the MHSAA Lower Peninsula State Finals Division 1 race during 15 of the past 16 years. In 2003-2004, they won back-to-back titles.
BROOKLYN – In the end, the Division 1, 2 and 3 boys’ races at Saturday’s MHSAA Lower Peninsula State Finals at Michigan International Speedway would all have winners running between 15:04 and 15:07.
Julia Bos would have loved a big personal best to close out her in-state cross country career. She had to settle, instead, for merely a very dominant repeat victory in Saturday’s MHSAA Lower Peninsula Finals Division 2 race at Michigan International Speedway.
BROOKLYN – Jackson Lumen Christi’s boys coach David Miller laughed as a reporter asks him how many state titles he and his powerful boys have won now, during the Division 3 awards ceremony at the MHSAA Lower Peninsula Finals Saturday at MIS. It’s clear he’s been asked that a lot.
BROOKLYN, Mich. – Breckenridge junior Kirsten Olling wanted to make sure no one had any designs on taking her title away from her at Saturday’s MHSAA Lower Peninsula Final Girls Division 4 race at Michigan International Speedway.
BROOKLYN, Mich – There were the Kyle Stack-led champs of 2009. Then came the titlists of 2011, headed up by Spencer Nousain. Now, in 2012, a sophomore has led them, with Jesse Hersha’s 15:32.3 ruling over the field by more than 20 seconds in Saturday’s MHSAA Lower Peninsula Final Boys Division 4 at Michigan International Speedway.
BROOKLYN, Mich – “I’m back!” said a delighted Erin Finn after her MHSAA Lower Peninsula Finals Division 1 title defense – and after she overpowered the field the way she did Saturday at Michigan International Speedway, who could say otherwise? (Seaholm photo by Pat Davey, runmichigan.com)
Bos snagging a top-10 finish at Foot Locker in 2011. (Photo by Don Rich)
Erin Finn dominated in MI! Montoya rips up state in AZ! Finn and Bos bring it in MI! Neale flies in WA! Hauger gets record 4th title in MN! (Photo by Pat Davey, runmichigan.com)