Running: Competition can be intense, friendly

As I watched more than 2,000 high school athletes competing in Saturday’s MHSAA cross country state finals, I wondered if there were any athletes like the five girls I know who ran together in the Central Michigan Athletic Conference.

The competition between these five girls spans over five years and began with Brooke Simon and Heather Strong competing at Fowler and Fulton High School, respectively. Then it expanded to include Amaya Ayers at Laingsburg and Melinda Palinkas at Saranac. The era ends with Brianne Feldpausch, a senior at Fowler this year.

The competition between these five girls does not put them in a different or higher class than other athletes. It is the sportsmanship and friendship in the midst of rivalry that is unique.

The relationship between these five athletes may be the purest example of what athletes and competitors could strive to become but may be a challenge for some athletes, coaches and even parents to emulate.

Together, they have at times labeled themselves “the CMAC distance chix.”

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