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One step at a time

The Clarkston Girls Cross Country team rest after a meet. Photo submitted (click for larger version)
October 24, 2012 - Clarkston runners have dominated the paths throughout the season.

Their most recent victories included taking second place in the OAA Jamboree, Oct. 18, and the Oakland County Meet, Oct. 3. Both races Birmingham Seaholm took first place.

"They performed really well," said Coach Kevin Breen. "Out of the 44 teams in the county we took second place to the number one ranked team in the state."

The top three runners for the meet were Nicole Hanson, in ninth place; Lynsie Gram, in 16th; and Erin Billette, in 28th place.

Leading the Lady Wolves in the OAA Red Jamboree were Hanson and Billette, who both finished the season as All-League.

"Across the board we had solid performances," Breen said, adding "it's nice to know we've got a couple of runners on our JV team that are close to the varsity line up. It's nice to know we have runners coming up that can take the place of the varsity runners - Molly Jeffers, Kaitlyn Cavallo, Hannah Hawkins and Morgan Martin."

The Lady Wolves took second place in the OAA Red Jamboree #2, Sept. 24. as well in the OAA Red Jamboree #1, Sept. 11., both times finishing behind Seaholm.

"It was a very respectable finish," said Breen at the time. "Rochester Adams (finished third) is up there as one of the better teams so beating them was a step in the right direction for us."

Earlier in the season both the varsity and JV teams took second place in their respective races at the Hanson's Invitational.

The JV and varsity runners making up the the Girls Cross Country team are Taylor Beach, Sage Bearegard, Erin Billette, Amanda Casetti, Kaitlin Catania, Kelsey Catania, Kaitlyn Cavallo, Amanda Chamberlain, Briana Crist, Kelley Fitzpatrick, Lynsie Gram, Nicole Hanson, Hannah Hawkins, Kelsey Hunt, Helen Jeffers, Molly Jeffers, Jillian Kurolvech, Morgan Martin, Sydni Miller, Haleigh Orr, Mackenzie Proper, Karina Ramirez, Katie Sperry, Rebecca Thompson, Amanda Wakefield, Monica Wanat and Clara Zeder.

The runners head to the MHSAA Regionals this week.

"We are really confident going into regionals," said Breen. "If we keep carrying the performances and improve slightly on that we are ready to take on the top position at regionals."

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