Historic Weekend at M.I.S.

WLN makes history at cross country state finals

The Walled Lake Northern cross country team shined at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, November 5th, in the Division 1 State Championships.

The Northern girls finished 8th among 28 teams, which is their best performance at the state finals in school history. Madelyn Gordon (19:04.59) and Claire McClure (21:01.83) also recorded all-time personal bests at the state meet. Gordon was the first Knights runner to cross the finish line and it took 55 seconds to generate the team score. Scores are calculated by the team's first five finishers. Behind Gordon were Ava Kurczewski (19:49.59), Ava Porter (19:54.60), Taylor Regester (19:58.07), Isabelle Krause (20:00.14), McClure, and Mia Czarnowski (21:51.19).

Northern Ty Parker (15:57.08) have quite the performance in the Division 1 boys race. The junior finished 15th, which earned him all-state honors. Walled Lake Central's Nicholas Negru (16:24.44) finished 44th.

Negru wasn't the only individual qualifier from Central. Emily Wade (19:54.16) finished 105th in the girls state final.

Walled Lake Western had three individual qualifiers as well in the girls state final: Alisia Olteanu (19:27.58), Genavieve Kushner-Lopez (19:52.03), and Emma Hoffmeyer (19:54.34).