Metro Detroit girls cross country state finals preview

Metro Detroit girls cross country state finals preview

Provided by Jared Purcell |

The girls cross country state finals for all four divisions will be held on Saturday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. Team titles and individual glory is at stake for many Metro Detroit runners.

Here is a quick guide to Metro Detroit teams and athletes you should be keeping track of on Saturday.


Division 1

Top team: Grosse Pointe South

Grosse Pointe South made a statement at the region finals this last weekend. Although everyone expected the Blue Devils to dominate its region, South placed 1-2-3-4 individually on the competition to take home the team title with a very impressive team score of 23. The top four Blue Devils came across in this order: Hannah Meier, Jr., 17:58; Kelsie Schwartz, So., 18:16; Haley Meier, Jr., 18:45; Ersula Farrow, Fr., 18:57.

Team contenders:

Northville – If Northville can continue to have its top runners continue to run together near the front, a team championship is not out of the question. It’s top seven runners finished in the top 20 at the Brighton region. The gap between the Mustang’s top runner and seventh runner was less than 25 seconds.

Birmingham Seaholm – The Wilberding triplets did it again as all three placed within the top 15 at the Waterford region. The juniors were joined in the top 15 by freshman teammates Audrey Belf and Julia Demko. Is a level just below Northville and Grosse Pointe South but could contend for the podium.

Rochester Adams – This team has probably had the most impressive run down the stretch of the season. Adams wrapped up the Algonac region title over Oxford and Clarkston thanks to the junior duo of Gabby Thivierge and Jamie Morrissey placing second and third, respectively.

Other teams to watch for: Livonia Churchill, Oxford, Waterford Mott, Sterling Heights Stevenson

Top Individual:Erin Finn, Jr., West Bloomfield –Despite competing in a weaker league and no real depth to back her up on her team, Finn hasn’t lagged in anyway and is far and away the individual favorite in Division 1 on Saturday. With a season best time of 17:14, Finn has also done a great job of controlling races from start to finish and has beaten the likes of the Grosse Pointe South trifecta every time she’s seen them this year. Finn placed fourth in the state championships last year.

Individual contenders:

Hannah Meier, Jr., Grosse Pointe South – She placed third in last year’s state championships and is the top returnee. She’ll need her best race to have a chance against Finn this year.

Shelby Jackson, Sr., Romeo – Has clearly been the best runner out of the MAC Red this year and proved it with a region title at Algonac.

Gabby Thivierge, Jr., Rochester Adams

Jamie Morrissey, Jr., Rochester Adams

Brooke Kovacic, Jr., Oxford

Kelsie Schwartz, So., Grosse Pointe South

Haley Meier, Jr., Grosse Pointe South


Division 2

Top team: Bloomfield Hills Lahser

Lahser placed its top five in the top 15 at the Metro Beach region. Had huge performances from junior Elena Miller and freshman Jackie Bredenberg to help lead Lahser to a region title.

Team contenders:

Dearborn Divine Child – Took first place quite convincingly on a slow course on Saturday by going 1-2-3 individually with Michelle Kerr leading the way in 20:46.

Warren Regina – Cassie Bloch jumped into the spotlight by taking home the individual title. All seven runners made the top 20 for Regina.

Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook – Freshman Claire Ford was what this team needed in order to contend for a region title. Ford finished fifth between teammates Jemma Howlett (3rd) and Emily Barish (6th).

Top Individual: Cassie Bloch, So., Warren Regina – She had the race of her life on Saturday to take home the individual region title with a time of 18:39


Individual contenders:

Elena Miller , Jr., Bloomfield Hills Lahser – She finished second in her region behind Bloch. She has been a very consistent runner for Lahser all season.

Lexi Sinclair, Sr., Bloomfield Hills Andover – The senior will be in the running for an all-state finish.

Sara Barron, Sr., Pontiac Notre Dame Prep – The heralded senior will be looking to go out with her best performance on Saturday.

Michelle Kerr, Sr., Dearborn Divine Child

Jackie Bredenberg, Fr., Bloomfield Hills Lahser

MacKenzie Brewis, Sr., Dearborn Divine Child

Lindsey Brewis, So., Dearborn Divine Child


Division 3

Top team: Macomb Lutheran North

North placed its top five in the top 10 at its region final with Gina Patterson taking top individual honors with a time of 18:57. 

Team contenders:

Allen Park Cabrini: Led by freshman Carolyn Ferraioullo, Cabrini placed second in the Trenton region. 

Top Individual:Gina Patterson, Fr., Macomb Lutheran North – The freshman phenom took top honors at the Algonac region by over a minute on the second-place finisher. She will contend well for an all-state selection. 

Individual contenders:

Carolyn Ferraioullo, Fr., Allen Park Cabrini

Hannah Schilling, Sr., Macomb Lutheran North

Jenna Briney, Fr., Macomb Lutheran North

Jordan Powell, So., Allen Park Cabrini


Division 4

Top team: Royal Oak Shrine

Shrine dominated its region by placing all of its top seven within the top 15 of its region race.

Team contenders:

Auburn Hills Oakland Christian

Macomb Lutheran Westland

Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett

Top Individual:Madelyne Luddy, Fr., Royal Oak Shrine – Luddy has been steadily improving over the month of October and she turned in her best performance last weekend to capture the regional championship.

Individual contenders:

Erin Lyle, Sr., Macomb Lutheran Westland

Caitlin Snyder, Sr., Royal Oak Shrine

Danielle Lorant, So., Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett

Morgan Button, Jr., Royal Oak Shrine

Marie Carozza, So., Birmingham Roeper

Terra Crown, So., Plymouth Christian Academy