Grosse Pointe South cross country senior captains, from left, Devon Krasner, Kristina Rogers, Sarah Bellovich and Sarah Rabaut are all four-year runners and are looking to carry on the Blue Devils’ winning culture.

Grosse Pointe South cross country senior captains, from left, Devon Krasner, Kristina Rogers, Sarah Bellovich and Sarah Rabaut are all four-year runners and are looking to carry on the Blue Devils’ winning culture.

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Grosse Pointe South girls cross country looking to continue winning tradition

By: Zachary Manning | Grosse Pointe Times | Published September 11, 2018

GROSSE POINTES — The Grosse Pointe South girls cross country team has a long history of success.

The Blue Devils have made 37 of the last 39 state meets, never had a losing record, won a state championship in 2011 and were the state runner-up in 2012.

Coach Stephen Zaranek wants to continue that winning culture, and he’s confident that the Blue Devils will reach their full potential by the end of the season.

“We have always relied on our depth.  We schedule very competitive competitions and we have excellent internal competition. This year, we have started our first couple of competitions in the middle of the pack. It is our competitive goal to rise steadily towards the top levels wherever we race,” Zaranek said.

The Blue Devils have several varsity spots open at the moment, and that has created an internal competition. Zaranek mentioned that between 10 and 12 girls could be competing for four or five varsity spots.

One runner who doesn’t have to worry about losing a spot on the varsity squad is senior Devon Krasner. Krasner was under the 19-minute mark last season and is working to get to an All-State level. Zaranek said that she will set the tone for the team.  

Krasner would like to get her time around the 18:30 mark, but her main focus is helping the team win. She noted that the team is very close this year and everyone supports each other during practices and meets.

“I don’t think I’ve heard of any drama on our team, which is something special about our team,” Krasner said. “I think it’s really going to help the team get better because every single girl knows that they have about 70 or 80 other motivators that are cheering for them and rooting for them, and only wishing the best for them.”

Behind Krasner, Sarah Bellovich, Lizzy Bellovich and Sarah Rabaut are leading the way. At press time, the Blue Devils hadn’t competed in any Macomb Area Conference Red Division meets, but they return a lot of talent from last year’s team and expect to be competitive again.

“We’ve been very fortunate to win a state title in cross country and quite a few in track.  We’ve had many top five and top 10 finishes as well over the years. But this is a team with a brand-new mix and a brand-new feel,” Zaranek said. “We may not contend for those spots at the very top this year, but for certain, we will make the attempt. This will come through hard work and team camaraderie.  We are so good at that … the work and the team support.  With those qualities, we cannot fail at having a successful season.”

South’s next race will be the Booster Club 5K Run the Pointe Sept. 22.