Benzie Central girls continue impressive state finals stretch

Combining both boys and girls programs the Huskies have captured 13 state titles, nine runner-up finishes, 100 all-state finalists and seven individual state champions.

BENZIE COUNTY -- The Benzie Central cross country program is known across the state as a powerhouse but when you really look inside the numbers you can see how consistent the runners, especially the girls teams, actually are.

A runner-up finish in the Division 3 state finals last Saturday marked the eighth time in the last ten seasons the girls have finished in the top three or better in the standings. That includes two state championships won back in 2008 and 2011.

Head coach Asa Kelly and all-state senior Lucy Karpukhno shared more about the experience, especially after missing out on the finals as a team back in 2014.

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