SCHOOL: Port Huron High
SEASON: Bonner won the Times Herald Runner of the Year award for the third consecutive time after setting a new school record mark of 17:16. She placed first at seven races, was second overall at her Division 1 regional and placed ninth at the state meet. She was also all-conference.
COACH’S COMMENT: “I’ll remember her energy and her spirit,” Port Huron coach Laurel Groner said. “She enjoyed having someone to chase. That was the mark of a winner. She was always determined and dedicated.”
SCHOOL: Brown City
SEASON: Blake was an instant sensation as a freshman. She finished the year all-conference and ninth overall at the regional. She was also 72nd at the Division 4 state meet (21.00.4).
COACH’S COMMENT: “I was very impressed with her,” Brown City coach Michele Blake said. “She has been running since she was 5 and we had high expectations for her. I think she is going to do great things. I’m really hoping she will have all-state in her future.”
SEASON: Cates was a first team all-conference selection and also finished all region (19:29). She ends her career with three state finals appearances.
COACH’S COMMENT: “Megan is a big reason we have won our conference championship the last three seasons,” Cros-Lex coach Lisa Shaw said. “She is a great competitor and teammate who came through for us in every big meet. She worked hard in the off season and was a driving force in our workouts this season.”
SEASON: Cates was a first team all-conference selection and also earned all region honors (19:59). She made three state finals appearances.
COACH’S COMMENT: “Miranda finished with her fastest time in her third and final season for the Pioneers,” coach Lisa Shaw said. “She has been a model of consistency in her tenure here. I never had to worry about her role in a meet. She has worked into a leadership position in the last two seasons and will be hard to replace in both practice and competition.”
SCHOOL: Port Huron Northern
SEASON: DeFrain qualified for the state meet at placing eighth at the regionals. She had a season-best time of 19:01 and placed second in the league only behind Bonner. She was eighth at the regional and 68th overall at the state meet.
COACH’S COMMENT: “Ashley trained very hard over the summer and fall and really bought into what we are doing as a program,” Northern coach Casey Kucsera said. “Her “ceiling” is very high and it is going to be fun seeing what she will do over the next two years.”
SEASON: Dunsmore won two of the three BWAC jamborees this season and end her career with a personal best time of 19:18. She was an all conference selection and placed sixth at the Marysville Invitational.
COACH’S COMMENT: “She had some pretty good performances with the two first place finishes at the BWAC jamborees,” Yale coach Tom Pemberton said. “I think she had a phenomenal senior season.”
SCHOOL: St. Clair
SEASON: Markel made all-league for a third consecutive season and also qualified for the state meet for the second time. Her best time this season was 19:36.
COACH’S COMMENT: “She is just a tough, tough kid,” St. Clair coach Joe Fouchey said. “She came in and was running well and Gabrielle (Morton) showed up and they are great teammates together and get along really well. She uses her competition as motivation.”
SCHOOL: St. Clair
SEASON: Morgan reset her school record (18:56) and also placed 17th overall in Division 2 at the state meet. She was also all-league and won a regional championship.
COACH’S COMMENT: “I was really impressed with her,” St. Clair coach Joe Fouchey said. “She had shin splint issues early in the year and she looked like she was going to struggle. She was a lot tougher this year and mentally overcame them.”
SEASON: Townsend was all league, all region and also qualified for the state meet (19:34).
COACH’S COMMENT: “Calli is a great three sport athlete for our school, who has shown her leadership in the classroom and playing fields,” Cros-Lex coach Lisa Shaw said. “Her dedication beginning in the summer and her positive mindset helped her to reach team and individual goals this season.”
SEASON: Weingartz is a two-time MVP of the MAC Blue Division and placed 43rd at the state meet. She was also seventh at the regional.
COACH’S COMMENT: “She is an outstanding individual who led by example,” Marysville coach Steve Rogers said. “She has been a very coachable athlete during the past three years. She always understood when to cut loose and when to buckle down.”
All-Area Girls Cross Country Team
Rachel Bonner, Port Huron High
Whitley Blake, Brown City
Megan Cates, Croswell-Lexington
Miranda Cates, Croswell-Lexington
Ashley Defrain, Port Huron Northern
Megan Dunsmore, Yale
Morgan Markel, St. Clair
Gabrielle Morton, St. Clair
Calli Townsend, Croswell-Lexington
Kenzie Weingartz, Marysville
HONORABLE MENTION: ALGONAC — Abigail Nutter, Taylor LaParl; ARMADA — Victoria Mabbitt; BROWN CITY — Savannah Goddeeris; CARDINAL MOONEY — Molly Lombard; CROSWELL LEXINGTON — Lauren Barbarich Corbin Redman; DECKERVILLE — Kylee Colesa; LANDMARK ACADEMY — Adrianne Brown; MARYSVILLE — Makenna Hill, Audrey Sylvia, Jenna Disser, Hope Reyna, Mikaela Leverenz; MARINE CITY — Samantha Bieth; Sarah Cullimore; Carahgan Spencer; MARLETTE — Julia Holman; PORT HURON HIGH — Mya Adame; RICHMOND — Starr Schroeder; SANDUSKY — Crystal Tovar; ST. CLAIR — Maureen Brunner; YALE — Kelly Mckillop, Harmonie Keidel, Natalie Tesluck, Brittny Leenknegt, Anne Duckert, Rachel Keuning