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Keiser Wins Again, FXC Girls Varsity Makes Huge Strides at Brighton

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You couldn’t blame Fenton Sophomore Alexa Keiser if she has come to associate the 3rd mile at Huron Meadow Metropark’s 5k course with a certain sense of loneliness.

For the second time in a two week period, Keiser broke from an early pack of competitors at about the halfway mark of an invitational in Brighton and went on to win in 40+ seconds. This week’s victory came at the Saline Early Bird Invitational, in a field laden with traditional D1 powers. Keiser ran remarkably even splits to achieve the win, wearing down challengers until she achieved a gap at the halfway mark that quickly widened into a 40 second victory.

The Lady Tigers behind Keiser had a superb day – making hugely impressive gains on their performances over the same course 13 days before. Junior Abbey Lee was second runner in for the Tigers, running a 20:19 personal record time that was good for 16th in an elite field. On the last day of August 2017, Lee bettered the time she put up on the same course in November of 2016, further consolidating her position to break out to the next level of competition over 5k.

Behind Lee, Freshman Kaitlin Bayer continued the strong start to her XC career. Following up on the 5th fastest debut for a FXC Lady Tiger ever, Bayer slashed 22 seconds off her time from 13 days prior to claim 55th place and the third position on the Varsity squad.

Next up for the Tigers was the suddenly deep back-end of their top 7 line up: Sophomore Avery Logan, Freshman Coral Lefever, Junior Hanna Chapin, and Freshman Chloe Lefever all finished within 7 seconds of each other, claiming 77-79th place in 22:07, 22:07, and 22:08 for the former 3, and 82nd in 22:14 for the latter. The Lefever twins both saw improvements of over 2:00 from their times 13 days prior, a strong signal of their ability to contribute at the Varsity level in their debut campaigns. Logan cut 50 seconds from her previous time at Brighton to place 4th on the team, and Chapin battled an illness to great effect, only giving up 10 seconds from her impressive debut from 2 weeks before.

The XC Lady Tigers go into battle Wednesday, September 6th at Goodrich MS in the first of three Metro League XC Jamborees. The Tigers will be defending their first outright Metro League title in their history, and figure to face a strong challenge from their main rival from last year, the Raiders of Flushing, amongst a host of other strong Metro League teams.

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