Cross Country: FGR girls move up all the way MIS – Irish third at Regionals (see WLAA photo gallery)

FGR girls’ cross country coach Jim Spencer just smiled. But at first he couldn’t believe what he was hearing.

Spencer was walking away from the finish line area at Lake Erie Metropark when a few of his runners came running up to him to tell him the big news. They told Spencer the Irish had finished third and were heading to the State Finals.

“I had us at fifth,” Spencer said.

His team had them at third and heading to MIS for the state finals this Saturday after FGR finished top three at Saturday’s Regional. Tecumseh took first with 44 points and Dearborn Divine Child took second with 50 points. And the Irish finished with 115 points, just three points ahead of Chelsea (118) for the final qualifying spot.


Grosse Ile took fifth (131) and Milan sixth (142).

Sophomore Gianna Hoving was 10th overall in 20:17.0 and junior Izzie Lashaway was 11th in 20:19.5 to help lead the Irish.

FGR at the finish line

1. 10. So Gianna Hoving 20:17.0
2. 11. Jr Izzie Lashaway 20:19.5
3. 30. Sr Caroline Bodary 21:23.3
4. 34. Sr Anna Opiteck 21:33.0
5. 35. Fr Elise Bodary 21:35.4
6. 42. Sr Katelyn Villa 21:50.5
7. 45. Sr Jenna Locricchio 22:02.2


The FGR boys’ team placed ninth in a very competitive Regional. The Irish finished with 250 points. Chelsea ran first with 46 points followed by Divine Child (60) and Adrian (87)

FGR at the finish line

1. 17. Jr Kenny Lashaway 17:15.6
2. 52. So Stephen Wojtanowski 18:37.8
3. 56. Jr Joe Ghezzi 18:42.8
4. 60. Sr George Reynolds 18:46.2
5. 65. So Samuel Ortegon 18:50.0
6. 67. So Caebrean Falvey 18:53.4  
7. 81. So Ben Sinnott 19:48.5