Girls Varsity Cross Country · Ladyhawks: Nine-Time County Champs!


For the ninth year in a row, Marshall Girls Cross Country won the Calhoun County Championship, Saturday, on the team’s home course. Freshman runner Camille DeCola had a breakout performance, placing first overall. The Ladyhawks remain undefeated on the season, improving their record to 55 0.

Proving themselves again to be champions, the Ladyhawk Varsity runners held on to the county title in decisive manner, defeating four area teams to do so. In what can only be described as a most unusual and challenging year, the consistency and determination of this team of young women is remarkable.

Freshman Camille DeCola took 1st place in the varsity 5K race for the first time in her high school career and earned the title of County Champ as she did.

Marshall Girls Varsity Cross Country, Calhoun County Champions

DeCola’s time today of 20.11 is a personal best.

Ladyhawks dominated the early finishes, placing seven runners in the first eleven spots. Sophomore Shawn Brody (20:33, PR) finished a strong 4th, and the team’s top runner, senior Maliyah Alexander-Gore (20:35), was back in action today, placing 5th. Senior captain Abbie Schoepke (20:56, SR) took 8th place, junior Brooke Waito (21:13) 9th, sophomore Zariah Ozuzu (21:19, PR) 10th, and Laraya Warnsley (21:28, SR), junior, placed 11th. Senior captains Natalia Egnatuk and Anna Zacharski rounded out the varsity finishes at 22:16 (SR) and 28:32, respectively.

“For the team to take seven of the first 11 places is pretty impressive. For a freshman to win a meet of this caliber is outstanding,” Coach Steve Wissink said, after the meet. 

Lakeview runners placed 2nd and 3rd overall, helping to bring their team a second place finish in the meet. Harper Creek pulled in at third, and Pennfield took fourth place. Tekonsha and Battle Creek Central fielded runners, as well. 

In one week, the Ladyhawks will face down eleven teams, at the Sturgis Invitational, on Saturday, October 17. This competition should serve to prime the girls for the I-8 Championship the following Saturday, back at the home course.

Congratulations, Ladies! Keep up the good work!

For more photos from the meet, click on the link: https://gomarshallredhawks.com/photos/calhoun-county-cross-country-championship-2020/