High-SchoolMichigan: Cross Country

Heritage's Chiplock named Gatorade XC ROY

January, 23, 2012
Saginaw Heritage boys' cross country runner Evan Chiplock was named the Gatorade Michigan Boys' Cross Country Runner of the Year on Monday morning.

Chiplock, a senior, bounced back from a disappointing 38th-place result at the Division I state meet to take sixth at the Foot Locker Midwest Regional in 15:18. He later took 27th at the national meet in San Diego.

For the full breakdown on Chiplock's award, click here.

West Bloomfield's Finn named Gatorade XC ROY

January, 12, 2012
West Bloomfield girls' cross country runner Erin Finn was named the Gatorade Michigan Girls' Cross Country Runner of the Year on Thursday morning.

Finn, a junior, won the Division I state championship in a time of 17:22. She also took third at the Foot Locker Midwest Regional, then raced to second at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championship in a time of 17:24.

For the full breakdown on Finn's award, click here.

Michigan fall postseason update

November, 15, 2011
We've been MIA for a little while, but the Michigan postseason has been in full swing, so it's time to get back on track and find out what's going on around the state.


Just when we had all written off Cass Tech, the Technicians are in the Division 1 state semifinals. Just when we had made Harrison out to be the state's top team (and one of the nation's best as well), the Hawks fell early. Now it's time for teams to show what they're made of in the state semis. There's lots of games to be played this Saturday with state title games on the docket. In Division 2, we wondered aloud not long ago whether Brother Rice was the best 5-4 team of all time. Now the Warriors are in the state semifinals against a resurgent Detroit King team. Think about that for a moment. After all of the great teams in Division 2 this year (St. Mary's, DeLaSalle, Harrison, etc.), either Brother Rice or Detroit King will advance to the state finals. The playoffs are a crazy time.


You can get full coverage of the MHSAA L.P. state meet here. None of the state's teams qualified for the NXN Finals.


Canton claimed the state's top honors in Division 1 after a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Grand Haven. In Division 2, Avondale topped Spring Lake, 2-1, for the state title. Division 3 champ Detroit Country Day beat Unity Christian, 2-1. And in Division 4 a thrilling OT win by Inter-City Baptist gave the team a state crown over Muskegon Western Michigan Christian.

Don't mess with Dexter: Michigan's cross country preview

August, 25, 2011
Dyestat's Marc Bloom put together an impressive rundown of the cross country outlook in all 50 states, and it looks like it's going to be an impressive year in Michigan. Here's their breakdown of the state's XC scene:

"With all the big guns of last year graduating, Div I 4th-placer Evan Chiplock of Saginaw Heritage seems poised to take charge following a state 3200 title in 9:20.90 and seasonal PR of 9:16.39. There were only five underclassmen in the 2010 top-10 and two of them belonged to a resurgent Dexter team—Taylor Neely (11th) and Alexey Vermeulen (15th). With its excellent depth, Dexter would have to be a prohibitive team favorite with an eye on regional impact. Previous state champions Pinckney and Saline are among the other contenders. Chiplock’s Heritage team has its top 6 back and could be a dark horse.

Click here to get the cross country scoop on all 50 states and here to get an idea of how the girls' competition could shake out.

Got Game: Connor Mora

August, 23, 2011
Name: Connor Mora
School: Cedar Springs
Sport: Cross Country

Got Game: After finishes of 15th as a freshman and fifth last year at the Division 2 state meet, Mora has to be at the top of the list of the favorites for this season's individual state crown. The junior posted an impressive time of 15:39, which was 20 seconds behind the winner. Mora also boosted his credentials by finishing 35th at the Foot Locker Midwest Regional. He was the 10th underclassman and first sophomore finisher at the prestigious race.

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