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South Lyon girls XC excel at U.P. Invite

October 22, 2009

The South Lyon and South Lyon East Girls Cross Country teams have come a long way, literally and figuratively. Over the weekend of Oct. 9-11 they traveled to the northeast corner of the Upper Peninsula to compete in the Sault Ste Marie CC Invitational.

Both teams did well, with South Lyon finishing first among the Division I schools with 68 points and South Lyon East tallying 160 points for fifth overall. Harbor Springs, one of the nation’s strongest Division IV schools, was first overall with 40 points.

“It was a very good meet for both teams. Only 19 girls went to the Sault because of various scheduling conflicts, but they really raced well. We had the minimum number to score as a team, five, from East. Some girls who haven’t had a chance to run varsity stepped up. It was nice to see,” said coach Dave DeSilvio.

Only six girls from South Lyon ran varsity because of a last-minute injury, but five of them ran personal records (PR). The fifth girl ran 21:32, and the team placed five in the top 19.

Sophomore Maggie Sadler led the charge for the Lions, finishing eighth in 20:22.

“Maggie’s a ferocious competitor and she’s been bull-dogging her way to faster times,” said DeSilvio.

Sophomore Christina Swain, knocked 45 seconds off her PR, taking ninth in 20:30.

“Anytime you PR by as much as she did is outstanding. Christina coupled with Maggie packed a powerful one-two punch,” said coach Bill Wilson.

The next three finishers were sophomore Caitlin Millis (15th – 20:59), and freshmen Gretchen Gorman (17th – 21:13) and Katie Beaber (19th – 21:32). Finishing sixth for the Lions was senior co-captain Ashley Glenn (36th – 22:54).

South Lyon East’s effort was led my junior Megan Hoorn (21st – 21:46). Packed in behind Megan in 21st, 27th, and 28th were sophomore Sylvia Domanico (22:00) and juniors Nicole Tedd (22:13) and Callie Olsen (22:27).

In the Reserve race, juniors Emily Noyes (22:19) and Crissy Bryant (22:23), and senior co-captain Kelly Irwin (22:49) took spots fourth, fifth an sixth respectively. Sophomore Spencer Stenman raced to a time of 23:48, placing twelfth.

Both teams are now focusing on the KLAA Conference meet Oct. 22 at Possum Hollow, and to the regionals, with South Lyon traveling to Hudson Meadows on Oct. 30 and East going to Willow Metro Park on Oct. 31.

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