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PREP ROUNDUP: Szymanski headed to XC finals

Courtesy Photo Alpena High junior Madi Szymanski qualified for the Division 2 cross country finals after finishing third at a regional on Saturday.
Courtesy Photo Alcona’s Cater Upper recorded a personal best time at a Division 4 regional in East Jordan.

SAGINAW — Madi Szymanski is headed to the state finals.

The Alpena High junior finished third at a Division 2 regional, crossing the line in 19:19.85, to punch her ticket to Friday’s final at Michigan International Speedway while also earning all-region honors.

Szymanski was one of five Wildcats competing in Saturday’s regional. Freshman Emma Dickins also competed in the girls race and finished in 21:18.39.

In the boys race, sophomore Hunter Hitzelberger finished in 17:48.08, Jacob Kochanski finished 18:04.06 and Hayden Allen finished in 18:13.61.

In East Jordan, Alcona’s Carter Upper recorded a personal best, while falling short of qualifying for states at a Division 4 regional. He crossed the line in 19:33, finishing 25th out of 67 runners.

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