Oxford freshman Brooke Kovacic wins close race for regional cross country title in absence of Grand Blanc All-Stater Gabrielle Anzalone – MLive.com

Bill Khan | The Flint Journal, October 31, 2009 1:22 p.m.
Oxford’s Brooke Kovacic edges Midland Dow’s Allison White for the regional title. – (Bill Khan | The Flint Journal)
Swartz Creek’s Jeremy Dickie won the boys’ regional championship. – (Bill Khan | The Flint Journal)
UNIVERSITY CENTER, Michigan — Jeremy Dickie wanted to make sure it wouldn’t come down to a kick this time.

In a test of raw leg speed, the Swartz Creek junior knew he stood little chance against Grand Blanc’s Omar Kaddurah if a five-kilometer cross country race boiled down to a 200-meter sprint.

Dickie learned that first-hand when he was run down by Kaddurah in the Greater Flint Cross Country Championships on Oct. 1.

So, Dickie’s strategy — a risky one — was to surge in the second mile and build a lead so insurmountable in the Division 1 regional Saturday at Delta College that nobody could outkick him at the end.
Anzalone has been bothered by a foot injury in recent weeks, an injury that became aggravated in the league meet on Oct. 22. The injury kept one of the state’s premier runners from racing at regionals. She might have had a chance to come back for this Saturday’s state meet at Michigan International Speedway had her team qualified, but the Bobcats came up one point short of Midland, 116-117, for the third and final qualifying spot.

Anzalone was fourth in the state as a freshman and fifth as a sophomore.

“Just one race, one practice, one step … it’s cross country,” Grand Blanc coach Carlos Benton said. “This year we were keeping our fingers crossed that everybody didn’t come up with the flu. That was our biggest thing we were worried about all year.”

With Anzalone sidelined, there would be a new individual regional champion after she’d won the meet the last two years. Oxford freshman Brooke Kovacic

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