The Boys and Girls Cross Country season wrapped up on Saturday with a trip to the MHSAA State Championship at Michigan International Speedway. This year’s invitational marks the eighth year in a row that Notre Dame has qualified at least one team to compete in the state championship.
The girls team finished 16th overall led by All-State performances from junior Jenny Ohlsson and senior Lexi Case. Ohlsson finished 16th overall and Case finished 26th, marking the second time that both qualified for All-State honors. Jenny Ohlsson, who set a new school record (18:18) earlier in the season was almost a last minute scratch due to a leg injury. In a truly gutsy performance, Ohlsson was able to run a 19:00 race, despite having to be carried by her father and her coach to the podium for the awards ceremony. Lexi Fraser, Shannon Lambrecht, Emma Wallace and K.C. Kennedy and also laid down solid performances. For seniors Lambrecht, Wallace and Kennedy the event marked their last competition together as teammates. Freshman Tess Censoni, who finished in fifth to help the team qualify for states, also was struggling with an in injury, but was able to compete. Newcomer Allie Dawiedczyk, a sophomore transfer from Chicago, continued to train with the team and was next in line had Ohlsson or Censoni not beenable to run.
On the boys side, James Ohlsson and Eli Seitzinger both qualified as individuals and competed in states. Ohlsson finished 16th overall and was named All State for the second time in his career. Eli Seitzinger finished in the top 100 (92nd) with a season best performance of 17:07. Both Ohlsson (junior) and Seitzinger (sophomore) will be back next year to lead a team that will include a talented roster returning varsity members Nate Vogel (sophomore), Adam Martin (sophomore) and Eric Gaynor (junior). Seniors Aaron Crane and Mitchell Guest will be graduating after strong four year careers on the team.