Girls Varsity Cross Country · Salem Girls XC Upsets Northville in KLAA West Dual


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K.L.A.A. West Dual: Salem vs Northville @ Willow Metropark on 9/12/20

SALEM – 25pts (2,3,4,5,11,13,14)
NORTHVILLE – 31pts (1,6,7,8,9,10,12)

Salem is now 4-0 overall. 1- 0 in the KLAA West Division.

Olivia Millen (12) 19:53.6 2nd
Isabell Kulick (10) 20:42.7 3rd
Allison Stowe (11) 20:48.1 4th
Frankie Walewski (9) 20:53.7 5th
Elena Wheeler (11) 21:17.2 11th
Kiersten McBride (12) 21:28.0 13th
Esha Bingi (12) 21:40.1 14th
Grace Landon (12) 22:01.3 15th
Iris Ding (11) 22:33.1 18th
Abby Siddall (12) 22:40.5 21st
Gracie Gumbel (12) 22:48.1 22nd
Elizabeth MacLellen (12) 22:48.6 23rd
Ava Hughes (11) 23:05.2 24th
Alison Orwin (9) 23:24.6 25th
Madeline LaForest (12) 23:26.9 26th
Elizabeth Dancey (11) 23:30.4 27th
Gwen Pratt (12) 23:40.1 29th
Samantha Rousseau (11) 23:52.0 30th
Megan Kelly (11) 23:58.1 32nd
Aubrey Burke (9) 24:00.7 33rd
Mackenzie Zapinski (10) 24:06.7 34th
Maddie Price (12) 24:14.3 35th
Leah Adelman (9) 24:18.3 36th
Anna Paine (11) 24:19.6 37th
Lily Gumber (9) 24:27.1 38th
Lily Hetzel (9) 24:27.5 39th
Kylie Machacek (11) 24:34.4 42nd
Morganne Jones (9) 25:28.6 50th
Sahithi Nalamothu (10) 25:31.6 52nd
Mai Wahby (9) 25:38.1 53rd
Jacquelynne Napthen (9) 25:39.0 54th
Anna Swisher (12) 25:49.0 55th
Brooke Kalis (12) 26:09.5 56th
Zoe Kerr (11) 26:38.7 57th
Carly Spigoda (9) 27:10.8 58th
Julia Burgess (11) 30:17.0 64th

Coach Dave Gerlach’s Comments:
“The year 2020 has been filled with so many ups and downs. Today it was so good to see the excitement and joy on these kids faces after this win that for a moment we were able to forget about the craziness of current life.
We know Northville is a well coached team who traditionally goes out hard in the first mile. With their two front runners, we figured their second pack would get out hard and try to run away from our scorers. The girls knew to let them go a little but our varsity had to stay in striking distance with that second pack. Olivia went out early to compete with Northville’s top two. Northville did just that … at the 1.5 mile mark, they had nine runners in front of our third. Isabell was running in the middle of a swarm of Northville runners. Honestly, I was a bit worried at that point of the race, but the girls had the race plan set. We talked all week about competing, focus, a WANT and a rock solid 5002 meters. Making a decision that you KNOW you can catch. It was so incredible to watch. Olivia was battling up front the entire race. Around the the 1.75 mile mark, Allison Stowe & Frankie Walewski were hunting down and made a surge to start picking off Northville one by one. Olivia was in second at the sledding hill and I see Isabell, Frankie & Allison pull in front of Northvilles pack. They attacked the hill with tremendous grit and increased the gap. Elena Wheeler is in about 14th place as my fifth scorer and knows what she had to do. Coming down the home stretch Olivia, Isabell, Allison & Frankie are racing with such heart to finish 2,3,4,5 to seal the victory. With 600 meters to go Wheeler was in 14th and showed her speed and competitiveness but hunting down three Mustangs down the stretch. Racing is not about times or how you feel, its about running with passion and whom you beat.To see our girls go out today and run with such focus, competitiveness and determination to seize this opportunity for a win over a team that we have not beaten head to head in a long time was such a tremendous feeling. I am so proud of this team for their resilience this year to continue to work hard when life has been turned upside .down.