Creative Technologies Academy’s cross-country team enjoyed some good competition this past Saturday at the 35th Annual Don Baese Invitational in Carson City. CTA was among nearly 100 other schools, 21 of which competed in the “Blue C/D” division race. Although a lot of rain had fallen the day and night before the race, sandy soil and firm footing provided for excellent course conditions.
On the boy’s side, the “Chargers” finished in 15th place as a team. The top three harriers for CTA had an impressive race, in which all three competed up near the front of the race and finished within 27 seconds of each other. Junior Kyle Biddlecome finished first for CTA in a time of 19:27. Freshman Jeremiah Wortz followed closely behind in 19:35, and then senior CJ Bouck crossed the line in 19:54. Sophomore Halfdan Lien Kjaer (20:44.1) and freshman Andre Winters (20:44.7) rounded out the top five for the Chargers.
For the girls, freshman Grace VanEnk stepped up in a big way to lead her team with a time of 23:52, a new personal best time for VanEnk. Erin and Ashton Willis continued their strong season with times of 24:06 and 25:03, respectively. Senior Cassie Dille continued to improve with yet another personal best time for herself (28:04).
CTA’s middle school girl’s team continued to impress the crowds with Maegan Roach finishing third overall, just getting past in the last few feet, with a time of 10:36. Hannah Hubbard and Alicia Beck finished 27th and 28th, respectively, earning medal honors along with Roach.
“As coaches, we saw some very encouraging signs today,” commented varsity coach Gerry Verwey. “The top three boys were the most competitive and determined I have ever seen them. Grace VanEnk stepping up as a freshman to lead for the girls was awesome. In the middle school, Maegan continues to amaze us with her effort, and when she doesn’t win she doesn’t give excuses, she simply says she needs to do better next time.”
CTA will compete in the Portage Invitational this Saturday.