Wildcats News · Girls Varsity Cross Country finishes in top 10 at MHSAA LP D1 Finals

  Place Points
Pioneer High School 1st 129
Traverse City Central High School 2nd 168
Clarkston High School 3rd 174
West Ottawa High School 4th 214
Saline High School 5th 219
Romeo High School 6th 240
Northville High School 7th 254
Brighton High School 8th 273
Plymouth High School 9th 278
Ottawa Hills High School 10th 291
Bedford High School 11th 325
Walled Lake Northern High School 12th 331
Grand Blanc High School 13th 365
South Lyon East High School 14th 370
Salem High School 15th 387
Okemos High School 16th 398
Forest Hills Central High School 18th 408
Fenton High School 19th 430
Stoney Creek High School 20th 444
Canton High School 21st 446
Jenison High School 22nd 481
Troy High School 23rd 481
Hudsonville High School 25th 559
Farmington High School 26th 603
Royal Oak High School 27th 714

Led by junior Lauren Kiley, Plymouth Girls Cross Country finished 9th at the MHSAA Division 1 finals yesterday. Kiley finished 4th overall in the state finals, giving the Wildcats a huge advantage. Senior Londyn Swenson and junior Sarah Coyne contributed in their what-has-become-expected way finishing toward the top of the race field and under 20 minutes. Freshman Aliya Kurian also in a what-has-become-expected fashion, scored for the Wildcats with a strong and confident race. The fifth and final scorer for the Wildcats finished 30 seconds later was sophomore Mariella Ma, which secured the 9th place team finish.
In the midst of a pandemic, the 2020 cross country season looked very different than in seasons past. Many changes and modifications were needed to navigate the journey this year and the state final meet was no exception. After a pre-regional and regional to cut down the number of participants at the finals, each gender/division at the finals race was then divided into 2 heats and results were compiled after the races to give a comprehensive final decision.
The day of the race was warm and sunny, which is not great racing weather. No records were set for the Wildcats but it was a very exciting day of racing nonetheless. The Wildcats went into the race with the desire to finish higher than in 2019 (18th) but ultimately to land in the top 10. After a challenging season, the hard work paid off with the 9th place finish.
“I am so proud of the whole team.”, commented Coach Ahearn. “They have worked very hard this season and while we haven’t been able to do some of our training due to CoVid, we have made the best of it and worked as hard as we could. I’m also very grateful to the administration, the officials and all of the other coaches from all over the conference and state for being flexible and helping us get thru the whole season.”
Finish places and times:
Lauren Kiley 4th place 18:04
Londyn Swenson 33rd place 19:12
Sarah Coyne 76th place 19:58
Aliya Kurian 142nd place 20:40
Mariella Ma 176th place 21:10
Sasha Fox 190th place 21:24
Lindsay Ripple 192nd place 21:25