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News-Herald Cross Country Invitational
Grosse Ile claims top spot in N-H girls’ race
By Samantha Elliott
Photos by Dave Chapman.
The Roosevelt boys’ cross country team celebrates with the ﬁrst-place trophy after winning the News-Herald Cross Country Invitational at Young Patriots Park in Riverview Saturday morning. The Bears beat runner-up Riverview by 23 points and thirdplace Woodhaven by 26.
The Grosse Ile girls’ cross country team continued its strong season on Saturday with a first-place finish at The News-Herald Cross Country Invitational. The win was Grosse Ile’s first NewsHerald championship since 1996. “We knew we could do it – race to win – and that is what the team did,” Coach Larry Swick said. “The ladies were determined to get Grosse Ile’s name back in the statistics this year.” The Red Devils’ effort was helped by three top-10 finishers. Freshman Sydney Kreger led the way with her second-place finish time of 19:33.29. She was followed closely by Christina Hoelzle, who finished third and sixth-place Maria Gedris. Catherine Polgar (21st) and Caroline Fleming (23rd) also contributed to Grosse Ile’s 55-point finish. “Our top three runners ran a smart race,” Swick said. “They are gaining more confidence and gaining more strength to conquer all three miles.” Grosse Ile finished the race with eight personal records, five of them coming from their top five runners. Grosse Ile has shown continual improvement all season long and still have their sights set on a state-meet berth. “We have the talent, but staying consistent and still improving times is what we’ve been working on,” Swick said. Although she is just a freshman, Kreger is turning into the runner the Devils look to as the on-course leader. “(Sydney) is a phenomenal runner,” Swick said. “She is a hard worker and a determined athlete, as are Christina (Hoelzle) and Maria (Gedris).” Kreger is not a big fan of running second, according to Swick, and he said he was proud of her discipline to maintain her pace behind Allen Park’s first-place finisher, Sabrina Williams. Swick said he constantly encourages all of his girls to push each other and help make each other strong. “If number eight pushes number seven and she pushes number six … all the way up to the number one girl, we can’t help but
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Three top-10 individuals power Bears to all-area title
By Shane Preston
Roosevelt’s dominant season continued on Saturday as the Bears won The News-Herald Cross Country Invitational on Saturday at Patriots Park in Riverview. The win marked the 12th News-Herald championship for Roosevelt and its second win in
the last three seasons. “It’s the third biggest meet of the year with states first and regionals second and the only reason those two are ahead is because you prove yourself against people who aren’t from around here,” Roosevelt Coach Justin Keyes said. “This was a huge deal for us to keep the history going.” All five of Roosevelt’s point
scorers placed inside the top-20 and secured the Bears a firstplace finish with 46 points. Riverview top four runners ran nearly neck-and-neck with the Bears and the Bucs took second with 69 points. Woodhaven finished third with 72 points, just two points ahead of fourth-place Trenton. Roosevelt’s Dominic Davis was one of three top-10 finishers for
the Bears and finished second with a time of 16:19.47. Cameron Herron (fourth), Jake Coulter (eighth), Danny May (15th) and Ryan Kusibab (17th) also scored points for the Bears. “These guys have always been able to get up for the race,” Keyes said. “Regardless of the circumstance, they all seem to step up at the right time.” All seven Roosevelt runners
placed inside the top-25 as teammates Austin Rice (20th) and Sean Pearce (22nd) also medaled for the Bears. “We want to prove that our sixth and seventh guys would score for other teams and we did that,” Keyes said. Riverview’s Jonathon Houdek led the Bucs with a third-place
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Woodhaven’s Conrad Schultz was the top individual runner Saturday.
Dominic Davis was the top runner to team winner Roosevelt
Sabrina Wiilliams was the top girls runner for the third straight year.
Freshman Sydney Kreger led Grosse Ile to the girls’ team title.