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Nike Holly Invitational

Saturday, September 13, 2008 - Davisburg MI

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Day-long deluge sets the tone for muddy fun

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A steady to hard rain that started near dawn and continued through every race made conditions difficult for morning races, and ridiculous by the afternoon.  The D3 races from the morning resulted in the fastest team and individual times, but the competition was strong throughout the day.  Estimates made by long-time course observers were that times were slowed 45-60 seconds in the morning and 1:45-2:00 in the afternoon.

Afternoon action on the boys' races shows just how slippery and sloshy it was out on the course after several hours of rain.  Photos by Davey, runmichigan.com

Boys Highlights
  • While #1 Ann Arbor Pioneer was a no-show, the D1 boys race was still a battle of two top-5 D1 powers:  #5 Lake Orion put 4 in the top 9 to turn the tables on #3 Detroit Catholic Central, avenging a defeat last week
  • Unheralded Plymouth jr Elmar Engholm, an exchange student from Sweden, overcame the Lake Orion pack at the front for the D1 individual title in 17:18.
  • Birmingham Brother Rice sr Michael Murphy, the #2 state returnee in D1, held off Mattawan's Jeff MacMillian in D2 (teams can move up or down in class, depending on enrollment) for the best boys time of the afternoon session, 17:11.
  • D3 #1 Hillsdale boys scored 72 beat a D3 field that included D2 #7 Flint Powers Catholic and two other top 10 D3 teams.  Powers Catholic's Joe Maki was the only runner to break 17 on the day with 16:58.
  • D4 #1 Potterville boys needed just 64 counters to dominate a moderate-strength D4 race by 47
  • D2 #4 Vicksburg easily won the D2 boys race with 68 points to Mattawan's 101.
Girls Highlights
  • Though she ran more than 2:00 slower than her course record last year, the dominance of defending D1 state champ and Waterford Mott soph Shannon Osika was no less significant as her slop-slowed 19:56 in D1 was 46 seconds up on 2nd and 2:10 ahead of third.
  • D3 #3 Schoolcraft girls topped the D4 field with 43.
  • D3 #4 Jackson Lumen Christi girls, led by individual champ Cara Cremeans, won the D3 race with 89, 15 ahead of D2 #7 Flint Powers Catholic (yes, their girls and boys teams were both #7).  Cremeans' 19:41 was best time of the day.
  • D2 HM Sturgis girls, led by winner Ann Marie Arseneau, nipped #9 Dexter, 66-68, for the D2 title.
  • In an intense battle of unranked girls teams in D1, Howell scored a 3-point win over Waterford Mott with the first four teams within 9 points.

At left, Shannon Osika was all alone late in the race en route to the D1 girls victory.  At right, Lake Orion ran as a pack in the front on their way to the D1 boys title.  Photos by Davey, runmichigan.com


Preview Highlights
  • Three of the state's top five D1 boys teams, including defending champ and top-ranked Ann Arbor Pioneer, are in the D1 boys field
  • The girls D1 race doesn't have a D1 ranked team, but it includes defending champ, course-record holder, and defending D1 state champ and Waterford Mott sophomore Shannon OsikaKristin Smith from Clarkston could be most likely to give her a battle.
  • The boys D2 race includes Birmingham Brother Rice, which is led by Michael Murphy, the #2 returnee from last year's D1 state meet.  One of his top potential challengers: Mattawan sr Jeff MacMillianVicksburg leads the boys team entries
  • Defending D3 state champ Jackson Lumen Christi and Cara Cremeans, 5th in D3 last fall, could lead the D3 girls race.  That field, however, will also include D2 power (7th-ranked) Flint Powers Catholic.  With five divisions, teams are allowed some leeway in which division they race.

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