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Almont's Deneweth, Burkland finish 1-3



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September 12, 2007
TRI-CITY AREA — Lauren Deneweth logged a pacesetting 21:48 time and Marie Burkland furnished a 22:10 clocking en route to a third, leading the Almont girls' cross country team to a fourth among 10 entries last Wednesday at the Brown City Invitational.

Unseasonable temperatures in the high 80s greeted runners when race time rolled around that day.

Cros-Lex took team honors, thanks to a total of 53 points, and Richmond posted an output of 61 for second. Marysville (100 points), Almont (121), North Branch (138), Capac (153), Marlette (167), Bad Axe (170) and Brown City (177) held down places three through nine.

Imlay City also competed but did not field a complete squad.

Ellen Glinski posted the next swiftest Almont outing, stopping the watch at 24:01. That paved the way to a 15th.

Almont also counted results from Lexi Sheehan, 53rd, 29:12; and Chelsea Bijansky, 69th, 33:07.

Melissa Sawicki had the best Capac showing. Sawicki registered a 22:23 clocking en route to a fifth.

Lindsey Manning supplied the second swiftest Capac performance. She took 24:09 to cover the territory, good enough for 16th.

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Capac’s Melissa Sawicki (left) and Almont’s Lauren Deneweth (right) battle it out for the lead at the Brown City Invitational last Wednesday. Deneweth would go on to win the race, while Sawicki pulled up fifth. photo by Kevin Kissane.

Mackenzie Hackelberg, 39th, 26:32; Kylie Miller, 49th, 28:46; and Ashley Callewaert, 58th, 30:35; rounded out Capac's scoring group.

Sarah Bennett, 41st, 26:51; led Imlay City. Brittany Price, 55th, 29:32; also represented the Spartans that day.

In the boys' portion of the meet, Capac wound up fourth with 113 points.

Utica proved a runaway winner, amassing an output of 42 points. They were followed by Cros-Lex (66 points), Marysville (101), Capac (113), Brown City (130), Richmond (131), Imlay City (200), Almont (208), Bad Axe (209) and Marlette (240).

Brendan Pfeifer, fourth, 19:05; generated Capac's swiftest outing. The Chiefs also counted results from Chris Paluch, 19th, 20:53; Jeremy Paluch, 23rd, 21:09; Shane O'Connor, 31st, 21:30; and Mike Hoeft, 41st, 21:24.

Kevin Ahrens, 27th, 21:17; paced Imlay City that day. Noah Bennett, 28th, 21:19; Rich Davis, 37th, 21:58; Erick Fredendall, 53rd, 23:58; and Nick Overland, 70th, 26:03; rounded out the Spartans' top-five.

Stephen Savonne, 30th, 21:26; notched the swiftest Almont performance. The Raiders also counted results from Eric Jacobs, 36th, 21:31; Joel Bock, 48th, 23:24; Nick Vassallo, 51st, 23:43; and Sean Cooper, 58th, 24:30.

Sports Editor, Kevin Kissane has been covering sports for the Tri-City Times for over 20 years and is one of the most recognizable personalities in the area. Kevin when not covering anything from little league baseball to football, or softball to basketball, can be found on the links playing his favorite sport, golf.
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