- Brooklyn, Michigan
#1 9:00 am 11/3/01
skies but cold temps greet runners
for start of lp xc finals day...
to Brooklyn, Michigan and the Michigan International Speedway
where this great venue is set to host its 6th straight
MHSAA LP XC Finals. And, for the 6th straight year, we
are here. This is Dave McCauley in the MIS Media Center,
just steps from the finish line where we're bound to see
a number of exciting finishes.
unprecedented 6th straight year, RunMichigan.com is here
at the state finals in full force. Once again taking some
great state finals photos will be RMDC co-founder and
running photo guru John Brabbs. John will have great shots
from many points on the course as he makes his way around
the entire course.
with John will be RMDC Staffer Mark Jenkins. Mark will
be handling the results today, along with some video and
interview duties. RMDC's other great photographer, Judith
Cutler is also here today and will be getting some great
finish line shots.
#2 10:17 am 11/3/01
Division 4-race time 10:00 am
boys race is underway...Our first of the day. The weather
conditions are outstanding fot this year's LP XC Finals.
The top ranked team coming into today's D-4 race is East
Jordan High School. East Jordan has 3 state titles in
the past 4 years. Jackson Vandercook Lake was ranked second
in the final regular season polls. The D-4 boys course
record on this course at MIS is 15:30 by Ryan Shay of
Central Lake in 1996.
mile mark of this year's race, the leaders came through
in a very quick 4:29. Michael Putzke of New Buffalo was
the one mile leader. At the two mile mark, Michael Putzke
continues to lead, crossing that mark in 9:54. The team
race is up in the air at this point. Putzke is on pace
to break the D-4 course record.
are coming onto the infield area now and are heading down
toward the finish and the large crowd on hand just in
front of Pit-Road here at MIS.
of New Buffalo is the boys winner. Stephan Shay of Central
lake, brother of the course record holder Ryan Shay, comes
in 3rd. The team championships goes this year to Lawton
with a total of 143 as Bear Lake finished second in 213.
Harbor Springs took third with 219 points.
#3 10:52 am 11/3/01
Division 3-race time 10:30 am
boy's race is the second race of the day here at the 2001
finals. Williamston was the number one ranked team in
this division pretty much all season long with Hemlock
ending the regular season ranked #2. Williamston is the
defending boys D-3 Champion. Jake Flynn of Benzie Central
hold the boys D-3 course record of 15:12, which he set
in 1998. The defending boys individual champion is Jason
Stover of Williamston who ran 15:24 here at MIS last year.
pack of 5 runners are together at the two mile mark...
Aaron Nasers is in the lead just past the two mile. Nasers
is still in the lead, but just slightly as they head for
the finish. In the final stretch, Stockbridge's Brandon
Grybas has taken the lead. Grybas is the D-3 winner in
15:56. A close pack of 3 runners were together from 2
to the finish, with Grybas taking the victory.
D-3 team race, Hemlock took home the top prize with a
total of 137. Benzie Central took second with 161 and
Charlevoix was third.
#4 11:25 am 11/3/01
Division 4-race time 11:00 am
champion in girl's D-4 is Maple City Glen Lake. The race
is underway...At the mile mark, Caitlin Kelly of Kind
North Huron is the leader, followed by Laura Rolf of Rochester
Hills Lutheran Northwest. Kelly increases her lead to
about 20 yards at the mile and a half mark. Kelly was
highly ranked also in the RMDC
individual champ in D-4 girls is Lauren Fairbanks of Rogers
City who ran 18:20 last year. At the two mile mark, Kelly
continues to lead, crossing that mark in 11:36. In the
team competition, Ann Arbor Greenhills is looking strongest.
Greenhills was the pre race favorite and was ranked #1
much of the regular season.
runners head for the finish, Katie Kelly is the winner
after pulling away to a comanding lead in the final mile.
Kelly's time is 18:56. Katie Forsyth of Bath finishes
3rd. Kelly has extra reason to celebrate. Not only did
she win a state title, but she did it on her birthday.
team competition, to ranked Ann Arbor Greenhills came
through as expected, taking the overall title convincingly
with a score of 74. Last year's champion, Maple City Glen
Lake ended up second with 146. Rounding out the top 5
were Concord, Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart and Traverse City
#5 11:53 am 11/3/01
Division 3-race time 11:30 am
are still excellent as the D-3 girl's race gets underway.
Skies are clear and sunny and the temp. is around 45 degrees.
D-3 defending team champion is Wyoming Kellogsville. The
2000 individual champion was Nicole Bush of Kellogsville.
Bush ran a great time of 17:53 in 2000.
mile mark in this year's race, Bush once again is in the
lead at 5:28. In second at the mile is Krishawna Parker
of Detroit Crockett. Parker was this year's Detroit PSL
champion. Bush and parker still the top 2 at a mile and
a half with Parker gaining. At the two mile mark, Bush
still holds the lead as she crosses in 11:35. Bush and
Parker remain 1-2 at the two mile.
head for the finish Bush still holds the lead, with Megan
Young of Country Day coming up to take second. Parker
finishes third. Bush's time is 18:40.
girl's title in the team race this year goes to Spring
Lake, who finishes with 176 points. Second place went
to Hanover Horton and Tawas City placed third.
#6 1:55pm 11/3/01
Division 1-race time 1:30 pm
session of this year's MHSAA LP XC Finals begins with
the Boy's Division 1 race. Last year's champion, Rockford
High School will try to repeat. However, they will do
so without Dathan Ritzenhein, arguably the state of Michigan's
greatest high school runner ever. Dathan was the individual
champion in 2000, running an incredible 14:10 on this
into to today's race, Milford was the top ranked team
in D-1. Novi's Tim Moore has had an incredible year so
half mile mark, Tim Moore leads the way, opening up an
early lead. At the mile, Moore continues to dominate,
crossing in right around 4:30. Justin Zanotti of L'anse
Creuse North is in second. Matt French of Howell is in
third and Hammerle of Woodhaven in fourth. Teamwise, Milford
has 5 runners in the top 35.
miles, it's still Moore, as he crosses that mark in a
blazing 9:27. Moving into second is French of Howell with
Zanottie in third. Moore has roughly a 150 yard lead as
the finish approaches. Although looking a little spent
from that fast start, Moore hangs on to win in 15:11.
team race, Detroit Catholic Central pulls off the upset,
edging top ranked and favorite Milford. Milford ends up
wiht 186 points to Milford's 205. Traverse City West took
#7 2:28 pm 11/3/01
Division 2-race time 2:00 pm
favorite Tim Ross of Caledonia jumps out to an early lead
and comes through the first mile in 4:29. Bauer of Lahser
High School comes through in second, with Adam Ludwig
in third. Ross finished in second place at last year's
year's team champion in D-2 for the boys was Big Rapids.
mile and a half mark, Ross continues to lead, opening
up an impressive 80 yard lead over Andrew Bauer of Lahser
and Ludwig of St. Joseph. As those three approach the
2 mile mark, it's still Tim Ross with the lead. Ross cruises
through the 2 mile in 9:23, widening the lead out even
farther. Ludwig is now second and Bauer is third. At the
two mile, Ross is aobut 8 seconds faster than Moore was
in the D-1 race.
the stadium area and heading for the finish, Ross moves
even further ahead, looking to post the best finish on
the day. Tim Ross pounds out the last mile and wins going
away in the day's best time, 15:03.
team standings, Big Rapids proved that the regular season
rankings were right, as they took the overall team title
with 81 points. Fremont finished second with 130 and Flint
Powers Cathlic was third in 168. St. Clair finished 5th.
#8 2:53 pm 11/3/01
division 1 -race time 2:30 pm
could be the closest race of the day, the D-1 girl's race
got off to a great start with a pack of six girls approaching
the mile mark. That pack consisted of Nikki Bohnsack from
Rockford, Shannon Stanley from Adams and Elisa Zemlick
from Kalamazoo Loy Norrix. Coming to the mile, Bohnsack
begins to open up a lead, passing the mile in just under
team race, Rockford looks very very strong with 6 in the
top 20. Rockford looks to repeat as D-1 girl's champs.
mile and a half mark, Bohnsack continues to lead by about
40 yards over Shannon Stanley of Rochester Adams. As Bohnsack
takes the long right hand turn toward the two mile mark,
Stanley stays in second, waiting her chance to possibly
overtake. Bohnsack crosses the two mile in 11:14. Stanley
remains in second place, crossing in 11:25. Clarkston's
Liz Mengyan moves into second. Stanley will see if she
can keep that state individual title in the hands of Rochester
Adams, as Katie Boyles of Adams won the state title 4
years in a row prior to this year's race.
is still dominating the team competition, with Sterling
Hts. Stevenson also looking strong.
runners come onto the infield grass, Bohnsack remains
in the lead. The question is, ca Stanley pull off a Boyle's-like
finish. With just over half a mile to go, it's still Bohnsack.
And that's how it finishes as Bohnsack pulls away for
the state title in an unoffical time of 17:40. Shannon
Stanley runs just over 18:08.
Rockford's girl's team ran away with team race finishing
with a total of 76 points. Sterling Heights Stevenson
surprised Ann Arbor Pioneer by turning in a strong team
performance to take second with 121. Pioneer finished
third with 136.
#9 3:42 pm 11/3/01
division 2-race time 3:00 pm
race at this year's LP XC finals is the D-2 girl's final.
Middleville Thornapple Kellogg is the defending champ.
Walter of Birmingham Groves is the early leader. Walter
comes through the mile in 5:31. Jill Leblanc of Gull Lake
is now in second after the mile. At the mile and a quarter
mark, it's still Walter in the lead. Melissa Quisenberry
of Thornapple Kellogg is now in third.
to the mile and a half mark, the leader is still Walter
with Leblanc hanging on to second. Quisenberry is now
running back with a pack of 4 or 5 chasing Walter of Groves
as Walter crosses the mile and a half still in the lead.
Just after 1.5, Katie Erdman of Cadillac moves out of
that chase pack to move into second place. At the two
mile mark, Rebecca Walter crosses in 11:45, still with
a solid lead, with Erdmann and Quisenberry in 2nd and
runners edge toward the two and a half mile mark, Walter's
lead is shrinking as Newton from East Lansing has moved
into second. As
the final race of the day heads for the finish, the outcome
is still up in the air.
of Groves, having finished 5th in last year's finals,
hangs on to her lead and claims the state title.
as D-2 girl's champions is Middleville Thornapple Kellogg
who finished with 156. Stevensville Lakshore takes second.