The Dexter High School girls cross country team shows grit and determination at the first SEC race of the season.
Adrian’s Heritage Park is one of the most beautiful places the girls cross country team will run in, but it is also one of the most grueling courses. Host Adrian High School forewarns the runners, “This is not a fast course so times will be slower than usual.” Its signature killer hill took out two varsity runners on Tuesday. Each regained her footing to finish the race with the team.
Unlike the remaining races in the season with seven varsity spots, ten runners are allowed in the first SEC varsity race which allows the teams leeway in discovering who the top five scoring girls will be.
The point earning finishers were Danielle Waidley (20:59.21), Claire Ketzner (21:49.53), Lindsey Hayter (22:15.62), Jaquelynn Terbush (22:26.29), and Anna Varitek (22:30.52) pulling off an 8th place team finish. Gianna Eisele, Julia Bell, Megyn Scafasci, Abby McLean and Gabi Fracassi rounded out the varsity runners for the day.
The JV team came in 5th in their race, following closely behind rival Chelsea High School. The leaders in the JV race were Jordan McGinnis (23:33.12), Sabina Carty (24:33.54), Sarah Read (24:37.40), Kara O’Day (25:50.12), and Heather Brouwer (25:54.62). Also running were Rachel Bristow, Josefine Bendiksby, Amanda Hubert, Chloe Vorias, Sophia Grant, Emily Herrold, Emma Streetman, Morgan Cobb, Lydia Savatsky, Shannon O’Connor, and Gwen McCartney.
On Friday, September 16th, the girls will have the opportunity to run at the Spartan Invitational on the rolling turf of Forest Akers Golf Course near Michigan State University in Lansing. This is traditionally a very fast and enjoyable course for the team. Spectators wishing to cheer the girls on should arrive early; the meet hosts 210 teams in 21 total races throughout the day and parking is at a premium.
Dexter’s Varsity team will run at 2:10 pm in the Spartan Elite race, and the JV team is scheduled for 4:00.
Photo Credits: Jennifer Fracassi and the city of Adrian.
This post was provided by Barbara Read.