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Pfeifer earns All-State accolades at Division 3 cross country finals



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November 07, 2007
TRI-CITY AREA — Brendan Pfeifer, of Capac, pulled up 30th with a 16:26.4 clocking on the way to a 30th-place showing at the Division 3 cross country state finals last Saturday.

Michigan International Speedway, in Brooklyn, is where the action unfolded.

There Pfeifer stepped on the accelerator and left the opposition in his rear view mirror during the closing stages of the race to lock up All-State plaudits (given to the top-30 finishers in the race).

Pfeifer headed in to the state finals seeded 32nd based on his regional meet performance.

"Just before our race began I wasn't sure how well I would do," Pfeifer said. "I didn't feel well coming in," he noted.

"Then we were sent off on our way. Once the race got going I started to feel better."

Two miles in to the race, Pfeifer had put himself in the position to make a run at a possible All-State bid.

"I heard the runner in front of me pass that spot and someone told him that was in 40th place," Pfeifer said. "That wasn't where I wanted to be, so I decided to pass him and a few others," he noted.

"I knew what had to be done. If I wanted to finish in the top-30 I had better pick up the pace."

And pick up the pace is exactly what Pfeifer did. One by one, the Capac standout left challengers behind him.

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Capac’s Brendan Pfeifer (second from left) and Chris Paluch (third from left), along with Imlay City’s Kevin Ahrens (fifth from left) start Saturday’s Division 3 cross country state meet race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. Pfeifer went on to place 30th, earning All-State accolades. photo by Kevin Kissane.

Then, in the final 600 meters of the race, Pfeifer found yet another gear.

During the stretch run, he passed a few more counterparts and crossed the finish-line with the All-State accolades he had hoped to garner.

"This is how I wanted to go out," Pfeifer said of his final high school cross country race. "I could not have asked for anything better," he noted.

"I wanted to medal in my last race. This is great."

Chris Paluch, of Capac, supplied the next swiftest Tri-City time. Paluch stopped the watch at 17:45.5 en route to a 160th.

Kevin Ahrens, of Imlay City, completed the list of Tri-City entries. Ahrens registered an 18:14.8 time on the way to a 187th-place showing.

A total of 239 runners finished the race.

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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