STATE CHAMPS: Girls Cross Country team makes history Saturday

SYDNEY KELLER ’14 | Staff Writer

Over the weekend, the girls cross country team won their first state title, coach Steve Zaranek said.

“It’s an incredible feeling and I am extremely proud of our entire team, not just the varsity girls as amazing as they were,” said Zaranek. “This was a true team effort by our entire group of young women that we have on the cross country team and it was an amazing day. Our girls were just beyond compare yesterday (Saturday). We could not have asked anything more from them.

Haley Meier said she learned South won first place about 10 minutes after her finish.

“I was jumping for joy and was amazed and so happy,” she said. “I cried, my team cried, our coaches cried. It was a very intense moment.”

Going into states, Saline was ranked first in the state and South was third. However, South knew they had a shot at the title, Zaranek said.

South’s fifth runner, Sklarski, said she achieved her best time of the season at 19:41.

“I was very pleased,” said Sklarski. “I got my PR (personal record) 19:41. I did better than I thought. I did very well on my start and at the end of the race, I passed a lot of girls.”

A large turnout of over 30 girls from the team came to cheer on the team made the experience even more amazing, Sullivan said.

“It was incredible how many people showed up, they were all so nice and they made such an impact on the great experience,” said Sullivan.

Hannah Meier said it was also the coaching that helped them win.

“Mr. Z (Zaranek) really did help us to get through this,” she said. “It is because of him and coach Mac (Shawn McNamara), (Leo) Lamberti and (Tereza) Schaible that we won.”