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2001 LP XC State Meet
Boys Division 3

D-4 Boys Winner
Mike Putzke of
New Buffalo H.S.
Mark Jenkins

D-3 Boys Winner
Brandon Grybas
of Stockbridge
Mark Jenkins

D-4 Girls Winner
Katie Kelly,
Kinde North Huron
Mark Jenkins

D-3 Girls Winner
Nicole Bush,
Wyoming Kellogsville
Mark Jenkins

D-1 Boys Winner
Tim Moore,
of Novi H.S.
Dave McCauley

D-2 Boys Winner
Tim Ross,
of Caledonia.
Mark Jenkins

D-1 Girl's Winner
Nikki Bohnsack,
of Rockford
Dave McCauley

D-2 Girl's Winner
Rebecca Walter,
of Groves
Dave McCauley

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'01 Regional Results
'01 UP State Meet
'01 final rankings

'01 Results page
'01 Photo pages

'00 LP State Meet
results & photos






Hemlock Runners Up No More
Patience Pays Off For Stockbridge's Grybas

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Brooklyn, Michigan


By Dave McCauley, RMDC

Williamston, the defending Division 3 boys team champion and the team ranked at the top of the polls for most of 2001, had their sights set on another title.

However, last year's runner up, Hemlock, had a different ending planned. In 2000 Williamston claimed not only the team state title, but they also produced the overall individual winner, Jason Stover.

This year, it was Hemlock's turn to experience the team championship. The Hemlock boys, ranked second coming into the finals, used a strong showing up front by placing two runners in the top 10.

Lead by Juniors Steven Czymbor who finished 3rd overall, and Nicholas Puchacz who finished 7th, Hemlock rolled to the title, finishing with 137 points.

Second and third places in the team race went to a pair of northwest Michigan schools with great running traditions, Benzonia Benzie Central (2nd with 161) and Charlevoix (3rd with 162). Between 1982 and 1991 the only two teams to hold the boy's title in this division were Charlevoix and Benzie Central. Charlevoix took the title in 1982, 1983 and an amzaing five in a row from 1987-1991.

Benzie Central won three in a row from 1984-1986. Most recently, Benzie also produced the overall individual winner as Jake Flynn took home the division 3 boy's title three years in a row from 1997-1999. Flynn also holds the D-3 course record of 15:12, which he set in 1997.

The pre-race favorite, Williamston, finished in 4th place with a total of 178. Jackson Lumen-Christi, the second ranked team coming into the finals, capped off a great season by placing fifth.

This year's race for the boy's d-3 individual title was as much up in the air as the team competition. Even after two miles, it was anyone's race. Just after two a group of 5 runners were together fighting it out for the state title.

Battle Creek Pennfield senior Aaaron Nasers lead that group after the two mile. However, that's about the point that Stockbridge senior Brandon Grybas decided that he wanted it more. Grybas pulled away from Nasers and Hemlock's Steven Czymbor to finish in first in a time of 15:57. Nasers ended up in the runner up spot in 16:02, while Czymbor took third in 16:03.

Although Grybas was happy with his win, at this point, the team competition was still up in the air and he was concerned how his fourth ranked team had done. "I'm more worried about the team right now. I want to know how we did," he commented soon after the race. Grybas used a smart race strategy for his victory attempt. Going out at the first mile in a cautious 5:04, he moved up to the lead pack right around the mile and a half and then made his move at two.

"I caught up to them at the mile and a half and then I started pusing after that. We were going back and forth for the last mile."

Grybas did what he had to and hold off Nasers, whose talent he respected. "I knew that he (Nasers) had a hard kick and I was just waiting for it." Grybas, however, had enough to hold Nasers off and take home the D-3 state individual title.

David Bills of defending champion Williamston ended up fourth in 16:12 and Dan Campbell of Grand Rapids Baptist took fifth place just one second back in 16:13.







Top 10 Teams:

2.Benzie Central
5.Jackson Lumen Christi
8.Elk Rapids

Top 10 Runners:

1.Brandon Grybas
2.Aaron Nasers
3.Steven Cymbor
4.David Bills
5.Dan Campbell
6.Shawn Jordan
7.Nicholas Puchacz
8.Greg Schmit
9.Josh Wheelock
10.Gordie Selph

race day photos and full results...

D4 Boys results
10:00 am
D3 Boys results
10:30 am
D4 Girls results
11:00 am
D3 Girls results
11:30 am

D1 Boys results
1:30 pm
D2 Boys results
2:00 pm
D1 Girls results
2:30 pm

D2 Girls results
3:00 pm

D4 Girls photos
D3 Girls photos
D4 Boys photos
D3 Boys photos

D1 Girls photos
D2 Girls photos
D1 Boys photos
D2 Boys photos








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