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Girls cross country takes fourth at meets

The varsity girls who finished 4th at the Cedar Springs Invitational.

The Cedar Springs girls’ cross country team had a great week of racing with several individuals running either personal best or season best races. The girls ran in the OK White Jamboree and the Cedar Springs Invitational both held on their home course.

On September 18, the team placed 4th out of six teams scoring 107 points in the OK White conference meet.  Scoring for the ladies were Ally Ladd (18th, 22:01), Danika Fessenden (27th,   22:56), Isabel VanDusen (28th, 22:57), Lily Howland (39th, 23:48), and Larissa McGrath (43rd, 23:56).  

“Going into our 2nd conference meet, our goal as a team was to keep our 3rd place spot and hold off Lowell. Both FHN and FHC are the top two teams in our conference, so we wanted to get as close to them as possible. I think we ran very smart, having the girls a little more patient throughout the first half of the race, and then they started coming more together as the race went on. We finished 4th as a team. Lowell took 3rd by 2 points so we were not too far off where we needed to be. We trained through this meet, having a pretty hard workout two days prior so I’m very happy,” said Coach Melinda Stressman.

At the Cedar Springs Invitational held on September 21, the varsity girls took to the course first.  They placed 4th out of 13 teams, scoring 123, with all seven ladies finishing in the top 43 out of a field of 94 runners. Sophomore Ally Ladd led the Red Hawks taking 9th and earning a new personal best time of 21:28.  Freshman Danika Fessenden also ran her personal best time of 21:44 coming in at the 14th spot.  Isabel VanDusen and Tonya Tepin ran their season bests at 22:29 and 23:20 placing 25th and 38th. Rounding out the varsity squad were Larissa McGrath (39th, 23:20), Molly Bentley (41st, 23:27), and Lily Howland (43rd, 23:27). “I’m still so fired up about this meet! We had great weather on our home turf. Every single girl either ran a lifetime or season PR or were very close to their season PR.  Each one of them had a game plan and they made their goals happen,” said Coach Melinda Stressman.

The JV team had a great day of running despite the warm and humid conditions with several running their personal or season bests for the day. The JV team finished 3rd out of six teams.  Placing 5th overall was Alexis Wood running setting a new personal record of 23:38.  Paige Marsman was not far behind coming in 8th running her season best at 24:22.  Keeping the streak going, Lauren Lett came in 13th also running her season best at 24:47 and Cloe Shoffner placing 17th at 25:23 running her new personal lifetime best.  Next for the Red Hawks were Madison Golliver (28th, 26:21), Marjorie Hosking (30th, 26:53), and Jade Yowtz (33rd, 27:43).   Isabella Smith ran her personal best (45th, 28:47) and Rachel Gallup also ran her season best (55th, 30:12).  

The girls will travel to Shepherd on Saturday, September 28, for the Shepherd Bluejay Invite.  

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