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November 10, 2010 - Senior Lindsay Fantin finished her high school cross country career setting a new personal record.

During her race at the MHSAA State Finals on Saturday she finished with a time of 19:16.

"She did fantastic," said Kevin Breen, Clarkston Girls Cross Country coach. "She has dropped a minute and 30 seconds between the last two races. It is a real improvement."

She finished in 80th place overall. For the boys team, sophomore Sam Tanielian finished at 16:13, 68th overall, and junior Adam Bruderick at 16:23, 95th place overall at Michigan International Speedway.

All three had qualified for the state finals after finishing in the top 15 at the regional meet.

"Lindsay had an outstanding performance," said Breen about the regional race. "She pulled it out when she saw our number one runner had fallen. She knew the team was out of the running for states. She sucked it up, she didn't get scared, and she was confident. She knew she would have to work harder to get it."

Breen added she did in the last two miles of the course, pushing harder than she had.

She beat Lake Orion runner by one second to take the final spot for states.

"It's a great finale to a strong comeback," said Breen. "Last year she was injured all year. She came back at the end and ran a good regional. This year she went beyond what we expected from her."

Bruderick and Tanielian will be back for next year's team.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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