Dexter Girls Cross-Country Team Sets Sights to State Finals on Saturday

The Dreadnaughts are hoping to capitalize on momentum the team built up at the regional finals last week.

Contributed By Barbara Read

The Dexter girls' varsity cross-country team needed to make it into the top three at regionals to qualify for the state meet on Saturday. Scoring 66 points, they beat Livonia Churchill by a single point to earn second place. 

"Congratulations to our regional runner-up champions. What a fantastic day of racing,” coach Cheryl McLean said.

The varsity runners placed in the top third of the finishers and had a strong showing at Willow Metropark. Alison McLean ran the course in 19:19 to finish 8th overall. Alex Ammann (19:34.21, 10th) and Robin Jackson (19:34.91, 12th) could only be distinguished by tenths of a second. These were all-time best times (PR) for both girls. Elizabeth Greve finished 17th with a time of 19:56. Paige O’Piela (20:02, PR), Cailin McLean (20:27) and Rylee Hanson (20:50) rounded out the team.

“We are so excited about going to the Michigan International Speedway and running in the state meet,” McLean said.

In the post-regional meet, Dexter had seven of the top 12 finishers which shows the strength of the girls’ team even in the reserve race. Charlotte Read finished in first place with a time of 19:59 (PR). Elise Dombkowski (20:48) took 3rd place, while Madeleine Nicholas (20:59) and Marissa Butler (21:00) finished one second apart for 5th and 6th places.

Grace Latshaw (21:07, PR) was Dexter’s fifth finisher, placing 8th in the race. Mara Bottomley (21:14) and Caroline Darr (21:18, PR) finished in 11th and 12th places out of 85 runners.

Other notable achievers in the post-regional meet were Emily Bishop (22:12) and Isabel Kipke (23:44) who both made PR times. Abbie Betzolt (21:41) and Allison Murphy (23:36) ran season best times at the meet.

Five Dexter girls ran under the 20-minute benchmark: Alison McLean, Alex Ammann, Robin Jackson, Elizabeth Greve and Charlotte Read. 

The team will travel to Michigan International Speedway on Saturday. The boys will race at 2 p.m., and the girls will race at 3 p.m. The award ceremony begins at 3:45 p.m. Spectator admission is $7 per person. Online tickets can be purchased at www.ticketleap.com. Credit cards will not be accepted for on-site ticket purchases.

Concerned Paremt November 01, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Seriously?? Campaigning on the cross country article?
Larry Cobler November 05, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Sorry, but I can't let these comments from Ms. Read go by without commenting that during the school board committee meetings where this topic was discussed and Ms. Read was present, she expressed no concern for the amounts after they were lowered from their original higher level and in my recollection she was supportive and said they would be "OK" and parents "would understand".
Barbara Read November 05, 2012 at 05:19 PM
I never said parents "would understand." How could I even know if that's true. If I failed to express concern about the $250 fee for the first sport, it was because I was glad the fee was being lowered from the original $350. That's a good thing. Of the two choices, I prefer a lower fee and only paying for the sports your child is in. I am not on board with the higher fees and I think that not enough time was spent looking for alternatives. This decision was finalized in a rushed manner. As you recall during the discussion of Bonnie's new plan in late July, one of the people there (I won't say who) said, "We better come up with something or we'll look foolish." And the plan was adopted 4 days later. This is not a good way to make decisions. If the board is not sure what's the best course of action, they owe it to the district to keep working on it. Bonnie had asked to see a line by line accounting of the athletics budget to see exactly what the stated budget covered and was told that would take time. I don't know if she ever received a copy of it, but it was not produced at the meeting.
Barbara Read November 05, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Larry, I look forward to working with you on the school board. There will be plenty of time to evaluate the pay to participate fees and hopefully come up with a plan that is consistent with current board policy to maximize student participation in athletics while also keeping in mind that the athletics budget is very tight.
Daniel Lai November 05, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Barbara, Please abstain from campaigning on news articles. I appreciate your submissions, but with the election, I've had several folks request that I address this issue. Daniel
Pete Bigelow November 05, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Larry's comment above shows yet another instance, Barbara, where you have been less than transparent in your campaigning. That said, I don't think the comments section at the bottom of a cross-country story is an appropriate space for debating the school board elections. Perhaps the moderator of this site can set up a more appropriate space, so that the accomplishments of the Dreadnaughts' cross-country achievements are not lost amid the noise.
Daniel Lai November 05, 2012 at 06:26 PM
The comments on this article have gotten completely off topic of the cross country team. I appreciate everyone's willingness to share their thoughts on issues. We are closing the comment stream on this topic.
Barbara Read November 05, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Sure Daniel, I understand. If Larry and Pete would like to continue the conversation elsewhere, that's fine though. Pete, you're basing my truthfulness on other people's statements about what I'm thinking. Ask me yourself and I'll be happy to tell you what I think. I only live three doors down from you.


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