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Almont races to second in region


Girls to run in state meet this Saturday



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November 04, 2009
TRI-CITY AREA — Lauren Deneweth pulled up third with a 20:57 clocking and Carlie Lawrence posted a 21:14 time for 10th, leading the Almont girls' cross country team to a second-place finish at a Division 3 regional meet last Saturday.

Goodells County Park is where the action unfolded.

"We knew coming in that we had a shot at making it to states," Almont Coach Rick Filar said. "I thought we would probably wind up second or third, but we still had to go out and accomplish that goal," he noted.

"We had several runners (such as Carlie Lawrence, Kayla Johnson and Alyssa Leach) register personal bests today. "That helped us lock up our second straight trip to states as a team," he noted.

Caro topped the regional standings with 54 points. Almont took second, thanks to a 100-point total, and Bad Axe scored 106 for third.

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Alyssa Leach, of Almont, picks up the pace. photo by Kevin Kissane.
Those three schools, along with anyone ranking among the top-15 finishers advance to this Saturday's Division 3 state finals at the Brooklyn-based Michigan International Speedway. That race lists a 10:30 a.m. starting time.

Vassar (115 points) was fourth at Saturday's regional meet. They were followed by Armada (134 points), Reese (136), Frankenmuth (178), Cass City (178), Marlette (181), Montrose (281) and Birch Run (302).

Capac and Sandusky also sent runners to the starting-line but did not field complete squads.

Kayla Johnson logged the next swiftest Almont clocking at the regional meet. Johnson stopped the watch with a 22:25 time, paving the way to a 24th. The Raiders also counted results from Alyssa Leach, 29th, 22:51; and Kaylin Deppe, 34th, 23:20.

Ashley Callewaert, 41st, 23:32; paced Capac's three-runner contingent. Kaitlin Miller, 43rd, 23:45; and Christina Robert, 77th, 29:23; also represented the Chiefs.

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