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MHSAA Michigan State Championships
Upper Peninsula
Sat., Oct. 24, 2009 - Ludington Park, Escanaba MI
Lower Peninsula
Sat., Nov. 7, 2009 - MIS Speedway, Brooklyn MI
From mhsaa.com - L.P. Boys - L.P. Girls - U.P. Boys - U.P. Girls
Race Distance: 5K
Conditions: Sunny, 50s, 20-30 mpw wind

Megan Goethals: State record, US#1 16:54.8
Rochester star wins by 1:15; Michael Atchoo gets his title; Detroit Catholic Central boys,
Saline girls take crowns; Devan John threepeats in D3

No wind gusts too great for Goethals - SteveU Meet Story
Pat Davey Galleries - D1 Boys - D1 Girls - D2 Boys - D2 Girls


L.P. Team Champs
  • Div. 1 - Saline girls 141 over Rockford 192; Detroit Catholic Central boys 68 over Ann Arbor Pioneer 96
  • Div. 2 - East Grand Rapids girls 96 over Hamilton 108; Ionia boys 92 over Dexter 194
  • Div. 3 - Hanover-Horton girls 63 over Allendale 74; Benzie Central boys 164 over Grandville Calvin Christian 180
  • Div. 4 - Harbor Springs girls 66 over Manton 96; Concord boys 109 over Bridgman 144

L.P. Girls Highlights
  • Rochester sr Megan Goethals pushed hard from a half-mile in and accomplished her sub-17:00, state record goal despite 20-30 mph winds.  Her 16:54.8 to win D1 broke her previous record of 17:10 from last year and her winning margin was an unprecedented 1:15.  Hartland frosh Avery Evenson passed Livonia Churchill sr Sara Kroll just before the line for 2nd place, running 18:10.3, the second best time of the day overall
  • MI D1#2 Saline got their expected power up front from Alex Leptich and Kate Carter, then showed an improved 3-4-5 in toppling D1#1 Rockford in the D1 team race, scoring 141 to the Rams' 192.  Grosse Pointe South was 3rd with 212, just ahead of defending champ Traverse City Central's 218.  Saline had beaten Rockford at the Spartan Invite, but lost to them decisively at Portage.
  • Goodrich sr Taylor Pougue lost her lead then regained it in the final 100 to win the D2 girls race in 18:11.0.  East Grand Rapids sr Lauren Grunewald had caught Pougue in the last half mile, but Pougue had the better kick at the very end
  • Grunewald's finish, however, was more than enough to lead East Grand Rapids to the D2 team crown.  Their 96-point total was 12 up on surprising Hamilton, with Grand Rapids Christian 3rd at 146 and Williamston 4th with 153
  • Allendale sr Devan John took her 3rd straight D3 crown, winning decisively in 18:30.6.  Lansing Catholic's Megan Heeder came up strong for 2nd in 19:05.3, pulling away late from John's soph teammate, Ali Wiersma (19:08.3)
  • MI D3#4 Allendale scored low for their top 3 (1-3-9), but #1 Hanover-Horton had the best depth and won with 63, 11 better than Allendale.  It was the first-ever title for H-H.  #2 (tie) Benzie Central (defending champ) was 3rd with 110, #2 (tie) Leslie 4th with 120
  • MI D4#2 Harbor Springs pulled a mild surprise, defending its 2008 title and beating D4#1 Manton, 66-96 for the D4 crown.  Manton was also 2nd in '08.  Saugatuck was a distant 3rd with 188, a 6th-runner tiebreaker ahead of Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart (188)
  • Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart sr Bridget Bennett easily repeated as individual champ, running just under a second faster than 2008 with her 18:35.9.  North Muskegon jr Lindsay Neal, the 2007 champ, was 2nd at 19:18.2

L.P. Boys Highlights
  • Troy sr Michael Atchoo sizzled the last kilometer to pull away from Kenowa Hills sr Reed Kamyszek and win the D1 boys race with the best time of the day, 15:28.5.  Kamyszek faded to 8th in the final stretch, while Swartz Creek jr Jeremy Dickie moved up to 2nd in 15:50.2, a second ahead of Detroit Catholic Central sr Ricardo Galindo.
  • MI D1#3 Detroit Catholic Central nipped D1#1 Ann Arbor Pioneer at the top, then pulled away dramatically with their 4-5 men to pull the mild upset, winning the D1 title with 68 points to runner-up Pioneer's 96.  D1#2 Pinckney was 3rd with 155.  DCC had beaten Pioneer earlier in the year, but lost on other occasions and to Pinckney as well.  It was DCC's 5th state title
  • A week after losing their region race with sick athletes, MI D2#1 Ionia was fully healthy again Saturday and ran away with the D2 title, scoring 92 to runner-up Dexter's 184.  Flint Powers Catholic was 3rd with 201.
  • Pontiac Notre Dame sr Christopher Burns kicked in to win D2 in 15:47.8, beating Linden sr Jacob Hord by 2.4 seconds.  Vicksburg sr Mark Beams was third in 15:57.5.
  • With a tight 20-second 1-5 spread, MI D3#2 (tie) Benzie Central overcame not having anyone in the top-25 scoring and won a high-scoring affair with 164.  MI D3#1 Grandville Calvin Christian was far ahead through 3 runners and still leading at 4, but wound up 2nd with 180.
  • Durand sr David Madrigal kicked hard the last 200 and won the D3 boys in 15:42.3.  Harrison sr Blake Allison (15:45.9) and Albion sr Paul Lewis (15:49.8) were unable to match the kick and were 2nd and 3rd.
  • Strongly favored Kyle Stacks and Concord won the D4 race.  Concord, ranked MI D4#1 almost all year, got it's hoped-for 1-2 finish from the senior Stacks (15:54.8) and soph Spencer Nousain (16:09.7), and beat #2 Bridgman (144) without trouble.  It was Concord's first title since 1986.  #4 North Muskegon edged #3 Potterville for 3rd, 165-168.  Stacks moved up from 3rd last year and stayed unbeaten in D4.  Suttons Bay's Ben Wynsma was 3rd in 16:17.3

L.P. Schedule

10:00 a.m. Division 4 Girls
10:30 a.m. Division 3 Girls

11:00 a.m. Division 4 Boys
11:30 a.m. Division 3 Boys

12:00 p.m. Division 4 & 3 Awards Presentation

1:30 p.m. Division 2 Girls
2:00 p.m. Division 1 Girls

2:30 p.m. Division 2 Boys
3:00 p.m. Division 1 Boys

3:30 p.m. Division 2 & 1 Awards Presentation

U.P.(10/24) Calumet's D1 sister act breaks Marquette's streak

U.P. Team Champs
  • Div. 1 - Marquette boys 24 over Houghton 98; Calumet girls 32 over Marquette 66
  • Div. 2 - Rudyard boys 37 over Munising 50; Ironwood-Luther L Wright girls 58 over Rudyard 59
  • Div. 3 - Painesdale-Jeffers boys 65 over Eben Junction-Superior Central 72; Eben Junction-Superior Central girls 63 over Painesdale-Jeffers 85

U.P. Girls Highlights
  • With a 1-2 finish, Calumet broke Marquette's 9-year winning streak in D1 and dominated with 32 points, winning its state title since taking Class C in 1993.  Marquette, which scored 66, had won all 9 D1 titles and, previously won 16 of 17 Class A-B titles from 1980-96 before Menominee won three straight to end the decade
  • Tara Kiilunen, a freshman and the third Kiilunen sister to star on Calumet the last few years, ran 19:36.1 to win D1 and complete an unbeaten season and defeat sister Lindsay (20:02.4) to reach the top of the podium.  Her now-graduated sister Nikki won as a frosh in 2005 and was 4th last year while Lindsay was 10th
  • The closest race of the day with either gender was the D2 battle, where Ironwood-Luther L Wright scored 58 to edge Rudyard (59) and L'Anse (67).  Rudyard missed a D2 boys-girls sweep by two points.  Ironwood had a 55-second pack between 8th and 15th, with the 5th runner helping them come from behind and win their 3rd straight and 4th in 5 years
  • Munising sr Abbey Kelto won her 3rd straight title with the 2nd best time of the day, 19:38.3, and won by 52 seconds over St. Ignace laSalle's Sarah Cullip.  There have been just 3 champions in D2 the past 10 years as Kelto, Amanda Newlin, and Amber Smith each had streaks of at least 3 years
  • Eben Junction-Superior Central put 3 in the top 6 and scored 63 for a 22-point win D3 win over Painesdale-Jeffers.  It was their first win since 2001 (they didn't field a full team last year).  EJ-SC was led by soph Lauren Spranger, who won her 2nd straight title in 20:43.8

U.P. Boys Highlights
  • The Marquette boys went 1-2-3 and scored 24 to win their 2nd straight D1 title and 5th in 7 years.  They rolled to a huge 74 point margin over Calumet.  Junior Reed Payant, 3rd last year, improved to 1st with a 16:20.9, beating defending champ and junior teammate Mickey Sanders (16:50.8).  The time was the fastest since Michigan went to "Divisions," with the 15:38 by Ryan Potila in Class A-B in 1992 the last faster time among the U.P.'s biggest schools.
  • Rudyard won its first state championship since 1969, scoring 37 for the D2 crown, topping defending champ Munising's 50. Munising had won 3 of the past 4, while Rudyard was a distant 3rd last year.  Rudyard gained the winning margin with its depth in the 4-5 spots.  Ironwood-Luther L. Wright senior Alan Peterson won his third straight crown with a 16:19.8, the best time of the day.  It was also the best time in the 10 years of Div. 2 in the U.P.
  • Painesdale-Jeffers won the D3 title for the 2nd time in 4 years, improving from 3rd last year.  A tight pack between 9th and 17th was the difference in a 65-point effort, seven better than defending champ Eben Junction-Superior Central.  Cedarville's Matt Schlosser, just 30th last year, came on for a 10-second victory in 18:37.2

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