Last Saturday, the boys and girls cross country teams traveled to the MIS Speedway in Jackson, MI, to compete in the Division 2 state finals. Both teams were coming off regional championships and hoped to have a successful day.
The boys team placed 4th overall scoring 200 points. Leading the way for the Red Hawks and being crowned state champion was Connor Mora, with a time of 15:04. This was also Connor’s fourth year of earning all state honors. Last year he placed third in the state, and bettered his score this year by almost 30 seconds, to nab the top spot.
Austin Sargent, a sophomore, placed 27th, with a time of 15:59, to also earn all state honors for his first time. Senior Justin Harthorn ran tough in his race to place 57th, with a time of 16:26. Freshmen Cameron Umphrey ran a personal best time of 16:36 to place 82nd. Senior Alex Bray capped off his high school career running a 16:51 (112nd) and sophomore Justin Jones ran his second fastest time of 16:58 (142nd), while senior Ethan Menefee ran 17:14 (161st) to finish off his high school career. A great job to the boys team on a successful season and all the accomplishments they have achieved this year.
Rounding out the boys top ten teams in Division 2 was St. Clair (1), Linden (2), St. Joseph (3), Cedar Springs (4), Mason (5), Chelsea (6), Richland Gull Lake (7), Grand Rapids Christian (8), Otsego (9), and Ionia (10).
The girls team placed 8th overall, to finish in the top 10, for the fourth year in a row. Leading the Red Hawks and earning all state honors for the second year in a row was sophomore Kenzie Weiler, who finished 2nd overall in a time of 17:49. Katie Weiler finished 19th overall, in a time of 18:32, to also claim all state honors for her fourth year in a row.
Juniors Maddie Pekrul and Michaela Burnett ran close to one another, running times of 20:08 and 20:11 and placing 122nd and 127th. Senior Christina Dean finished a successful high school career running 20:17 to place 132nd. Close behind was senior Sommer Vandyke and junior Caitlin McClurken who ran times of 20:19 and 20:21 to round out the top 7 places for the Red Hawks. A great job to the girls team on a great season.
Rounding out the top ten in girls cross country was Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern (1), Spring Lake (2), Grand Rapids Christian (3), Middleville Thornapple Kellog (4), East Grand Rapids (5), GR Forest Hills Northern (6), Richland Gull Lake (7), Cedar Springs (8), Warren Regina (9), and Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood (10). Sparta finished 11th.