West Bloomfield Invitational
Reported September 9, 2001 by the Sault Evening News
Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

Sault runs 1st, 2nd at West Bloomfield

WEST BLOOMFIELD -- The Sault High cross country teams had outstanding days at the West Bloomfield Invitational on Saturday as the girls took first in a 26-team field, and the boys placed second in a 24-team competition.

The Sault girls scored 116 points in their win, while the boys totaled 162 points. Gross Isle won the boys meet with 133.

Blue Devils' coach Jim Martin was thrilled with both performances. "For the girls, this is probably the biggest win in the history of the program," he said proudly. "And with the guys, we took second and we didn't run our best race. Everyone on the team knew that we could have done a little better and won that meet."

Natalie Cahill was third overall for the girls in 20 minutes, 29 seconds over the 5-kilometer course, while Kayce Lawrence was 19th. Jen Corbiere placed 28th, while Sheena Albon and Emily Bennette were 32nd and 34th, respectively. All five were medal winners in the meet. Callie Mussin was 75th, and Melissa Kik was 83rd.

Tony Abramson was the top finisher for the boys in eighth place in 17:37, while Pete Duesing was 15th. Adam Gurnoe was 41rst, and Dan Brown was 44th. Craig Cooper was 54th, while Walt Bennette and Jake Green was 104th, and 111th.

Temperatures hovered in the 80s, with extreme humidity, making running difficult.

Martin said the Sault runners showed "extreme toughness" in giving everything they had despite the hot, humid conditions.


Sault Boys

Abramson, 8th, 17.37; Duesing, 15th, 18.06; Gurnoe, 41st, 18.37; Brown, 44th, 18.42; Cooper, 54th, 18.59; Bennette, 104th, 20.03; Green, 111th, 20.10.

Sault girls

Cahill, 3rd, 20.29; Lawrence, 19th, 21.55; Jen Corbiere, 28th, 22.19; Albon, 32nd, 22.38; Bennette, 34th, 22.47; Mussin, 75th, 24.10; Kik, 83rd, 24.39.