The Chelsea girls’ cross country team had shown a strong improvement as the 2017 season progressed and the Bulldogs reached their peak as they came home with a strong eighth place finish at the D2 State Finals at MIS November 4.
The Bulldogs finished with a team score of 300. Lansing Catholic Central won with a dominating score of 77.
“We ran a fine team race at state,” Coach Pat Clarke said. “I am very proud of these girls and the way they ended the season on a high note.”
The top three Bulldogs had personal best times at the race – Caroline Hirth earned All State Honors with a 29th place finish in 19:05 to lead the Bulldogs. Sydney Matusik was 52nd in 19:28 and freshman Andrea Kowalski 101st in 20:02.
Allison Hughes was 120th in 20:16, Riley Thorburn 134th in 20:27, Allison Hause 141st, 20:32 and Natalie Gofton 217th in 21:46.
“We again had a fine effort by the whole team and we continued to improve,” Clarke said. “We ran two freshmen today which bodes well for our future.”