Runners break up in first meet towards Highlanders


BY WENDI REARDON PRICE
Clarkston Information Sports activities Author
The climate was again to heat and sunny on the Clarkston Ladies Cross Nation group received their first twin meet of the season over Rochester Adams at Bloomer Park final Friday.
The ladies received it by simply two factors as they completed with 27 factors and the Highlanders completed with 29.
“Adams beat us final yr within the league championship so I knew it was going to be a bit difficult,” stated Coach Kevin Breen. “The ladies did very well. I knew going into it that our probabilities to win have been fairly good simply from what I had seen in follow. They’ve a extremely proficient group.”
Senior Maya Bergman led the pack, ending in second place on the time of 20:20.60.

Maya Bergman emerges from the woods at Bloomer Park to complete in second place. Photograph by Wendi Reardon Worth

“Maya has had some wrestle over the previous three years with damage,” Breen stated. “I don’t suppose we’ve had a season the place you can say she had a full season’s price of coaching beneath her belt. For Maya to come back out right here and taking second place by solely 4 seconds that was an incredible efficiency for her to see her after three years of wrestle and within the first race she is already the No. 2 runner for the entire race. I feel that’s fairly spectacular.”
Freshman Alexandra Brigham completed in third place, 20:32.60.
“Alex did a pleasant job,” stated Breen. “It actually confirmed what sort of expertise and how much functionality she has.”
Senior Mattie Drennan completed in fifth place, 20:42.36 and freshman Ava Tereau was shut behind at sixth at 20:43.95.
“I used to be very impressed by Ava,” stated Breen. “She has impressed me in follow. You see the place individuals belong in our practices. She was in the course of the group, then working into the highest ten, and now she simply completed as our fourth runner a couple of seconds behind Mattie. It was fairly spectacular efficiency by her. She is also the one within the final quarter mile of the race who received the race for us. She handed a number of Rochester Adams runners within the final 400 meters, and that’s what made the 2 level distinction within the final couple minutes of the race. Spherical of applause for Ava, she did superior.”
Junior Elise Wilhelm completed in 11th place, 21:32.04, with three different Wolves intently behind. Freshman Kennedy Mareches completed in 12th place, 21:36.39; sophomore Rebekah Wilson, 13th place, 21:48.86; and sophomore Cate Cotter, 14th place, 21:48.91.
“Our depth is unbelievable,” stated Breen. “We have now eight extra ladies within the 23 minutes or under for velocity. It’s not the deepest group I’ve had nevertheless it’s fairly darn shut. There’s numerous expertise on the group which helps drive us to push to be higher and sooner.”
The boys misplaced to Rochester Adams within the twin meet, 20-37.
Junior Andrew Sesti took the highest spot at first place, ending within the time of 16:41.39.
The highest 5 runners additionally included sophomore Henry Poploskie, seventh plae, 17:45.02; junior Joey Taverna, eighth, 17:47.29; senior Owen Kolean, ninth, 17:47.88; senior Bo Anderson, 18th, 19:00.12; and senior Valen Kurmaniak, 19th, 19:01.23.
The Wolves host Troy this Friday.
“Troy goes to be powerful,” stated Breen. “I’ve already scored it out. It’s going to be tremendous tight. It truly is a distinction of two seconds for both a win or a loss for us. It’s going to be attention-grabbing the instances that we’ve run. The comparability is difficult as a result of it’s not the identical programs and situation. It is going to be actually essential we run sensible and we’ve race plans and that we match up with their runners and we don’t give them any room to run away with us.”
The race is at Clintonwood Park, the place the groups have been practising.
“The course is superior,” stated Breen. “I do wish to thank Clintonwood Park and Independence Township for doing an ideal job. Roger Belcher and Larry Hess have accomplished a wonderful job in serving to us out. Hopefully we’ve scratched their again to in cleansing up totally different areas of the backwoods. Our purpose is to have top-of-the-line cross nation programs in decrease Michigan with their assist.”

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