The “Chargers” from Creative Technologies Academy kicked off their second season of cross-country Tuesday. Kent City hosted CTA, Tri County, Central Montcalm, and Covenant Christian for an early season 5K battle. CTA’s first ever girl’s squad began the meet with an impressive performance. Freshman Grace VanEnk and senior Erin Willis led the way for the Chargers, posting times of 25:28 and 25:32, respectively. Rounding out the top five were senior Ashton Willis, freshman Esther Hubbard, and senior Cassie Dille.
“Having four of the five girls competing in their first ever race made for an exciting and emotional day,” said Coach Gerry Verwey. “We are happy with the progress the girls are making.”
On the boy’s side, freshman Andre Winters was the first CTA representative to cross the line in 17th place. Freshman Jeremiah Wortz, senior CJ Bouck, sophomore Steve VanEnk, and freshman Jeff Spicer rounded out the top five. Senior Kote Obetts earned high praise from the crowds with a well earned personal best performance as well. “Our boy’s team is very young,” said Coach Verwey. “We’re already seeing times faster than last year, and I expect all of our boys to set new personal marks this season.”
The CTA cross-country team will compete again on Saturday, August 29 at the Benzie Central Invitational. They returned to competition at Long Lake Park on Wednesday, September 2 for the Kent City Coed Invite.