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Salem girls win MSU cross country invite

BY TIM SMITH • OBSERVER STAFF WRITER • September 20, 2009

Pushing each other as a unit, Salem’s varsity girls cross country team captured Friday’s Michigan State University-hosted Spartan Invitational.

The Rocks were the best of 43 Division 1 teams with 117 points and with their top six runners placing in the Top 50.
Finishing second with 139 points was Ann Arbor Huron as Salem perhaps gave the green light to a triumphant season at the so-called Green Race at Forest Akers Golf Course in East Lansing.

“For us it’s a big stepping stone,” said Salem head coach Dave Gerlach. “Obviously, it’s early in the season but to win an event that has 43 teams in it is something that’s very exciting.
“All season we’ve been working on the two Ps — pacing and pack running. And (Friday), we did both of those things which made us very successful.”

The top finisher for Salem on the plush course was junior Victoria Tripp, with a time of 19-minutes, 44-seconds.

Not far behind were senior Jordyn Moore (20:17), sophomore Kelly Kerwin (20:28), freshman Shannon Flynn (20:32), sophomore Autumn Burin (20:52) and junior Kara Booms (21:02). Salem’s seventh finisher was freshman Alexis Foley, at 23:28.

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