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December 15, 1989 - Image 59

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-12-15

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Sophomore Fidelman
Leads Team To Title



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M







egan Flaharty told
Amy Fidelman to
come out for cross
country at West Bloomfield
High School last year
because the sport was good
training for running track.
What sophomore Megan
probably didn't know then
was that freshman Amy was
going to be good for cross-
country. Very good, in fact.
Last month, Fidelman,
now a 1 5 -year-old
sophomore, lopped almost 40
seconds off her previous best
3.2-mile time to lead the
West Bloomfield girls team
to its first Class A state
cross-country championship.
"She really came on this
year," Lakers coach Lee
Averill said of Fidelman.
"We really didn't have a No.
1 runner until then. She hit
her best in the state meet."
Fidelman, who's been
running in track meets since
the seventh grade and who
specializes in one- and two-
mile races, crossed the state
finish line in 19:34.3, taking
14th place overall and all-
state honors. Right behind
her was teammate Tracy
Abbott, 15th at 19:35.7.
"Our strength was that we
had six people jammed in
(among the first 27 runners)
for 96 points," said Averill,
who enjoyed his first state
title in 29 years of coaching.
Among the six was Megan
Flaharty, now a junior, who
finished 22nd.
The 5-foot-5 1/2-inch, soft-
spoken Fidelman, who won
both the mile and two-mile
in last year's Oakland Coun-
ty Freshman Track Meet,
says she likes winning. See-
ing runners ahead of her
makes her work harder,
albeit at a steady pace, to
catch them and move to the
front, she said.
"She's a good competitor,"
said Averill. "She's a tough
kid. She's physically strong.
And she has a lot of inner
strength."
West Bloomfield was
runner-up at state two years
ago. "When I came in my
freshman year, they (her
teammates and coach) were
all talking about" the
second-place finish, but last
year the team finished a dis-
appointing seventh at state.
Fidelman, who lettered as
a freshman but ran in the
middle of the pack, "practic-
ed more, took it more seri-
ously" after that.

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Amy Fidelman:
Likes winning.

She and her teammates
sprinted up hills and prac-
ticed six days a week. They
even ran on their own on
Sundays.
Fidelman credits her
father, Selwyn, a non-
competitive distance runner
whose longest run is 17
miles, with encouraging her
to go out for track.
She decided not to try out
for last summer's Detroit
Maccabi girls' track team
because she wanted to work
on cross-country. But she
isn't ruling out Maccabi for
next year, when Detroit
hosts the Jewish Communi-
ty Centers-North American
Maccabi Youth Games.
Away from school,
Fidelman is active at Con-
gregation Beth Abraham
Hillel Moses, where she is a
member of United
Synagogue Youth and is a
teacher's aide in the
religious school's first grade
class. She also is a member
of B'nai B'rith Girls.
At West Bloomfield,
Fidelman carries a 3.4
grade-point average but says
she doesn't like math.
Coach Averill and
Fidelman's fellow Lakers
won't care, as long as she
keeps tallying the right fig-
ures in cross-country.

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