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Boys cross country takes first in two meets

Members of the varsity squad who won the Cedar Springs Invitational.  (L to R):  Gavin Braciak, Dilan Sargent, Daniel Vermulm, Corey Bowers, Jaydon Moleski, Carter Moleski, and Austin Mann.

The Red Hawk Boys’ Cross Country team kept the momentum rolling taking first in the OK White jamboree and in both the varsity and JV divisions at the Cedar Springs Invitational held on their home course.  

On Wednesday, September 18, Cedar Springs hosted the second of four OK White jamborees. Out of six teams, the boys earned a first place conference win scoring just 29 points with Forest Hills Northern taking second at 65 points. Corey Bowers took first with a season-best time of 16:37, followed by Daniel Vermulm (5th, 16:59), and Jaydon Moleski (6th, 17:02). Both Dilan Sargent (9th, 17:05) and Gavin Braciak (12th, 17:16) ran their season bests as well.  

The boys continued the winning streak placing 1st out of 12 teams at the Cedar Springs Invitational on Saturday, September 21. The team scored 34 points and placed 2-3-4-10-14. Corey Bowers finished 2nd overall in 16:46. Daniel Vermulm came in 3rd running a new personal best of 16:48 and teammate Jaydon Moleski came in 5th with a season best of 16:52. Dilan Sargent placed 10th (17:18) and Gavin Braciak placed 14th (17:36). Austin Mann ran his season best at 17:47, placing 17th. Sophomore Carter Moleski ran an 18:28 placing 24th.  

The JV boys also placed first out of seven teams for their division scoring a near-perfect 18 points (1-2-3-4-8).  Gabe White placed 1st overall at 18:14 with teammates Espen Wood (2nd, 18:59), Cayden Steinebach (3rd, 19:06), Clayton Akerman (4th, 19:27), and Justin Voskuil (8th, 19:48) scoring for the Red Hawks. Running season’s bests for the day were Logan Douglas (22:40) and Caleb Menefee (21:02). 

Coach Justin Jones said, “This was a great week for our team. Despite some nagging injuries and sickness, we fought through it all and came away with our 7th consecutive conference jamboree win and our 4th consecutive Red Hawk Invite championship. This group has a lot to be proud of and they continue to accomplish great things. They also have an incredible knack for performing at the highest level even when the cards seem stacked against them. We are now at about the halfway point of the season. Demands in the classroom and at practice will start to take their toll. It will be important to stay focused and approach practice and meets with the same intensity and enthusiasm as when the season just began.”

The team will travel to the Shepherd Bluejay Invite on Saturday, September 28, for their next competition.  

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