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 The cross country state finals took place Nov. 2 at Michigan International Speedway. Pictured, runners begin their race at the regional level.

The cross country state finals took place Nov. 2 at Michigan International Speedway. Pictured, runners begin their race at the regional level.

Photo by Donna Agusti

Cross country season wraps up in state finals

By: Jacob Herbert | C&G Newspapers | Published November 4, 2019

METRO DETROIT — As the weather starts to get colder and we drift closer to winter, the books were closed on a fall sport Nov. 2. Runners from across the state converged on Michigan International Speedway for the cross country state finals.

Following is a look at all the team state champions, the C & G coverage area teams that placed, and the local runners who earned All-State status in each division by finishing in the top 30.

Division 1
In the boys race, Brighton High took home the state championship trophy with a score of 136. Locally, Rochester Hills Stoney Creek finished sixth with a 216; Walled Lake Central finished 16th with a 377; Royal Oak High finished 23rd with a 532; and Troy High and Warren De La Salle finished 26th and 27th with a 698 and a 726, respectively.

All-State honors went to Walled Lake Central’s Justin Hill, who placed 18th with a time of 15 minutes, 56.3 seconds. Farmington High’s Peter Baracco took 19th (15:56.8) and Grosse Pointe North’s Preston Navarre was 23rd (15:59.2).

In the girls run, Ann Arbor Pioneer took home the top prize with a score of 80. Locally, Troy High placed ninth with a 290; Birmingham Seaholm placed 21st with a 479; Bloomfield Hills High was 23rd with a 499; Rochester Hills Stoney Creek was 24th with a 522; Rochester Adams finished 25th with a 555; Royal Oak High placed 27th with a 713; and Sterling Heights Stevenson was 28th with a 787.

All-State accolades went to Seaholm’s Audrey DaDamio (fifth, 18:08.7), Walled Lake Western’s Maryam Sheena (10th, 18:14.6) and Troy’s Paige Anderson (30th, 18:45.4).

Division 2
In the boys run, Fremont High took home the state title with a 68. There were no local boys teams in the race.

In the girls race, East Grand Rapids won with a score of 36. Locally, Warren Regina placed 15th with a 399; Macomb Lutheran North finished 23rd with a 552; Pontiac Notre Dame Prep was 24th with a 583; and Bloomfield Hills Marian came in 25th with a 588.

All-State honors went to Prep’s Jennifer Ohlsson. She finished ninth (18:34.9).


Division 3
Hanover-Horton took home the boys title with a team score of 146. Locally, Madison Heights Bishop Foley placed 21st with a 533.

Hart High won the girls state title with the top score of 77. Locally, Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett finished 27th with an 811.

Division 4
In the boys race, Breckenridge High placed first with a 72. Locally, Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest finished 26th with a 600.

The girls race was won by Bridgman High with a team score of 132. Locally, Royal Oak Shrine placed 25th with a 546.