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Bridgman ready for regionals

Area cross country teams to be at same site Saturday
By DARREN PHILLIPS – H-P Sports Writer
Published: Friday, October 30, 2009 1:09 PM EDT
The Bridgman boys cross country team is hoping to defend its Division 4 regional title on Saturday.

The Bees are also looking at bigger things beyond the regional.

“They have higher ambitions and that’s next weekend,” Bridgman coach John Wismer said of his runners. “I think they’re mentally ready although they’re a little tired right now.”

Bridgman is ranked third in the state and is looking to match or exceed that ranking at the following weekend’s state meet.

The top three teams in each regional qualify for the state meet, to be held Nov. 7 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.

A fourth-place team can qualify if it has four runners place in the top 20.

The top 15 individuals in each regional also advance.

Area teams are competing in Division 2, 3 and 4 regionals Saturday, with all being held at the same site, Portage West Middle School in Portage.

Bridgman easily won its regional last year, and with top runners Cameron and Conner Magro and Mark Haukereid back, the Bees are favored again.

“We’ve gone against almost everybody in our regional in earlier large meets and we’ve done well against the other schools,” Wismer said. “On paper it really looks like we can repeat.”

Wismer looks at Lake Michigan Catholic, Eau Claire and Mendon as other contenders to qualify for state.

Wismer also coaches the Bridgman girls, and the test for them is more difficult.

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