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Cross country: Another close finish between Mount Pleasant’s Montgomery, Dow High’s White
By Fred Kelly
Published: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 1:51 PM EDT
Allison White’s best wasn’t quite good enough Tuesday.

The senior cross country standout from Dow High ran an 18:49, her personal-best time this year, at the second Saginaw Valley League Jamboree at Stratford Woods Park in cold, blustery conditions. But archrival Ashley Montgomery of Mount Pleasant pulled away from White at the end to win the girls’ race in 18:46.

“To be honest, I thought I had her, but she turned it on (at the end),” said White, who ran with Montgomery neck-and-neck for almost the entire race. “I stuck with her the best I could, but it happens. I did the best I could.”

White and Montgomery were still in a dead heat approaching the final 200 yards, but Montgomery inched ahead at that point and held on from there.

It was the fourth close finish between the two runners in recent days. A little over a week ago, White edged Montgomery by a fraction of a second to win the Spartan Invitational at Michigan State University. In the days leading up to that race, Montgomery had narrowly beaten White twice.

“My whole goal when I get out there is to do my best, and if that means that I run (side-by-side) with someone, that’s fine,” White noted. “She’s really great to run with, because she’s really fast, and it feels good to have someone to pace off of.”

Montgomery’s first-place finish propelled the Oilers to a first-place finish as a team with 41 points. Dow, led by White, took second with 55 points, while Bay City Western was third (61), and Midland High fourth (84) despite the fact that the Chemics were missing their top two runners — Megen Rapp and Katy Pekala.

Rapp was ill, while Pekala did not compete for disciplinary reasons.

“The girls all stepped up, and they all ran a PR (personal record),” Midland coach Marty Hollenbeck said of his team. “Five of them ran a PR for a lifetime, and all seven of them ran a PR for the year.

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