Capital Homeschool’s Sarah Kettel has won the Lansing State Journal athlete of the week voting this week.
Kettel edged Michigan Division 1 champion and Birmingham Seaholm senior Audrey Belf by two seconds to win the NXN Midwest Regional on Sunday.
The junior completed the 3.1 miles in 17 minutes, 28.8 seconds to Belf’s 17:30.6. It is only the second time in two years that a Michigan runner has finished ahead of Belf, and the first time a runner from Michigan has won the Midwest regional – which also includes Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and Ohio.
Kettel is also the first mid-Michigan area runner to qualify for the Nike Cross Country Nationals, which will take place on Dec. 6 in Portland, Ore.
Readers can cast their votes for LSJ athlete of the week again early next week through noon on Wednesday at http://www.lsj.com/preps.
This week’s other nominees were:
Malik Mack (Sexton football) The senior passed for 135 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 89 yards and three TDs in the Big Reds’ 35-7 win over Richmond in a Division 4 regional final last Saturday at Sexton’s Madjeski Stadium.
Michael Korey (Lansing Catholic football) Two of the three passes the junior caught for 72 yards went for touchdowns as the Cougars defeated Flint Powers Catholic 49-21 in a Division 5 regional final on Friday at Holt Junior High.
Natalie Crandell (Williamston/Lansing Christian girls swimming and diving) The sophomore and CAAC Red runner-up took ninth in the diving regional at Haslett last week to qualify for the Division 3 state finals this weekend.