Chippewa Hills girls cross country wins another CSAA title

Madison Grover was a key senior runner for Chippewa Hills this season. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

REMUS — It was another Central State Activities Association Gold Division championship season for Chippewa Hills girls cross country team.

The season ended at the state meet two weeks ago.

Zach Hatfield was in his fifth year as coach. The girls were CSAA Gold co-champions. This was a significant accomplishment considering the quality of both individual runners and the teams within the CSAA Gold.

“We set a goal to be CSAA Gold Champions and met that goal by running tough against a very good Fremont team and splitting the conference title,” Hatfield said. “We were runners-up at both Early and Late season Warrior Invites.”

Chippewa Hills was fourth at the MSU Invitational, sixth at Portage, and fourth at the Michigan HOKA Postal Nationals. “Racing a 5k is always a challenge,” Hatfield said.

Natalie Newcombe was the No. 1 runner for the Warriors with a PR of 19:22 with all-conference and all-region honors.

“She had a very good season coming back from an injury during her sophomore year,” Hatfield said. “She grew as a leader of the team and did more than simply be the No. 1 runner on the team.”

The No. 2 runner was Sara Storey with a PR of 19:36 and was all-conference and all-region.

“She had a phenomenal freshman year and adapted well to high school running,” Hatfield said.

Dezi Shaw was honorable mention all-conference and had a PR of 19:38.

“She finished out her high career strong and will continue to compete in college at LCC,” Hatfield said. “Her determination and heart for her team will be missed.”

Alicia Robertson had a PR of 20:30.

“She finished her high career running her fastest time and did so with her best year of hard work and determination yet,” Hatfield said.

Madison Grover had a PR of 20:38.

“She’s another senior we will miss as much as the heart and soul of the team,” Hatfield said. “She has left a tremendous positive mark on Chippewa Hills cross country.

“Dezi Shaw, Madison Grover and Alicia Robertson are three seniors that have had phenomenal careers at Chippewa Hills in cross country. They have been all-conference, all-region, state qualifiers, academic all state and three-time conference champions. Natalie Newcombe, Sarah Storey and Emily Fredrick are all returners from our top seven as well as El Lowery and Shea Vanhorn.”

As for the future, “we are always looking forward to next year and the challenges it will bring,” Hatfield said. “I couldn’t be prouder of this team and their accomplishments and work ethic.”


Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at

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