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Roach leads CTA cross country at Big Red Invite

Roach leads CTA cross country at Big Red Invite

Maegan Roach for CTA was first and North Muskegon’s Ginny Hoch was second in the white division in Muskegon’s Big Red Invitational last Saturday.

When Maegan Roach first practiced with the Lady Chargers from Creative Technologies Academy, the coaches knew right away she wasn’t your ordinary runner. Roach routinely runs with the boys at practice and amazes her teammates at meets. At Muskegon’s Big Red Invitational this past Saturday, when she found herself in third place at the mile mark, her coaches were excited to see what would happen.

“Maegan is not the type of runner who is satisfied with just placing in the top 20,” remarked head coach Gerry Verwey, “Maegan is out to win. It doesn’t matter who she’s racing against or what the conditions. She thrives on challenges.” By the two mile point, Roach was in second place. At the finish line, she was first.  Roach won the “white” division race by seven seconds over North Muskegon’s Ginny Hoch, in a time of 20:25.

The Lady Chargers (56 pts.) finished one point behind Ravenna (55 pts.) in third place for team scoring. North Muskegon won the meet with 26 points. Roach was supported with strong performances by Alicia Beck (23:47), Grace Van Enk (24:35) and Danielle Davies (25:51).  Esther Hubbard rounded out the scoring for CTA.

On the men’s side, CTA was lead by its solid sophomore trio of Jeff Spicer (19:18), Andre Winters (19:20) and Jeremiah Wortz (19:54). All placed in the top 20, earning well deserved medals. Junior Steve Van Enk (22:14) turned in the best race of his high school career. Van Enk, along with Benett Tomandl (22:51), provided the needed push for the Chargers to grab a fourth place finish in the meet. North Muskegon won the boys meet, sweeping the first six places.  Oakridge was second, and Ravenna placed three points ahead of CTA in third place. “All five boys turned in solid performances,” said Verwey.  “I was especially pleased with the way Steve (Van Enk) and Benett (Tomandl) stepped up. We’ve desperately needed our fourth and fifth runners to step up.”

CTA middle school makes strong season debut

Olivia Wortz sprinting toward the finish during the Tri County middle school race.

The Creative Technologies Academy middle school cross country team kicked off the season with several strong individual performances at the Tri County meet on Wednesday, September 8. The course made for a difficult opener with a notable hill placed right before the finish.

“I was excited how we looked on the toughest part of the course,” said middle school coach Aaron Kenemer, commenting on the hill. “Not only was it our first race of the season, but it was a lot of our runners’ first race of their cross country career, and I was very proud of their performances.”

Ryan Smith (11:50) led the Chargers with an overall 2nd place finish. Hannah Hubbard (12:53) also had a notable race, finishing 5th overall and 2nd among the girls. And although they didn’t keep places of the 6th grade race, CTA’s 6th graders ran times comparable to top middle school runners. Brandon Beck led the charge with a time of 12:08 on the approximate 1.5 mile course. Ethan Lehman (12:37) and Jared Bouma (13:46) also had fantastic races.

The Chargers high school team also competed Wednesday. Unfortunately, CTA fell short of a victory over Tri County on both the girls and guys side, despite Meagan Roach (21:42) winning the girls race and David Irish-Empie (20:05) making a gutsy season debut edging out teammates Andre Winters(20:06) and Jermiah Wortz (20:06) at the finish.

CTA middle school and high school will face competition September 14 at the Beal City Invite, as well as the Sparta Invitation on September 18.

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