Saugatuck freshman Paisley Sipes (right) crossed the finish line in a time of 19:52 to place 15th at the Division 4 state finals, earning All-State honors in the process.

Saugatuck girls post eighth straight top-10 finish in D4

Jason Wesseldyk

Another year, another top-10 finish for Saugatuck at the Division 4 girls’ cross country state finals.
The Indians have now been in the top 10 for nearly a decade, having posted an eighth-place showing with 256 points at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, Nov. 1.
Beal City won the state championship with 94 points, while Hackett Catholic Central (108) was runner-up and Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart was third (130 points).
The Indians were only four points behind seventh-place Breckenridge and 13 points behind sixth-place Reading.
Saugatuck coach Angelina Bauer realized how special it was to be in the top 10 once again, but …
“We’re pleased to have turned in eight top-10 performances in a row, but to be completely honest this year’s eighth-place was not what we had hoped for at the beginning of the season,” she said. “This was our lowest finish in eight years.
“But in perspective, we know top 10 is still an honor.”
Part of the disappointment came from the fact that the Indians finished behind some teams they had beaten earlier in the season.
“It’s been so competitive in girls’ Division 4 in the last few years, so the team that really brings it on that day is the most deserving,” Bauer said. “We didn’t run to our potential on that specific day, so that allowed teams that we have beaten before to swoop in.”
Freshman Paisley Sipes paced the Indians, placing 15th with a time of 19:52 to earn All-State honors. Sophomore Rudy Joon was next in 49th place at 20:48, with sophomore Kit Huffman (106th at 21:52), junior Libby Springer (111th at 21:57) and senior Jennifer Kelly (115th at 21:59) completing Saugatuck’s top five.
Sophomore Sydnie Avery (116th at 22:04) and senior Mary Cappelletti (144th at 22:38) also competed for the Indians.

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