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Cross Country finishes 17th in D1 at state


The Red Hawks fresh out of the starting box at MIS.

For five months, the Cedar Springs boys cross country team prepared for Michigan International Speedway and the state finals. The time came on Saturday, November 2, to show what they could do, and they came away with a 17th place finish in what was a very strong year in Division 1.  

“I could not be more proud of the way these boys prepared for this day and competed once the gun went off,” said Coach Justin Jones.  

Junior Corey Bowers led the Red Hawks and placed 37th in a time of 16:12. Senior Jaydon Moleski ran a strong first half of the race leading him to a finish in the top half of the race placing 109th at 16:43. Senior Daniel Vermulm ran another smart race with a conservative start and a strong finish putting him in the 132nd spot in a time of 16:54. He passed a net total of 24 racers after the 2-mile mark. Seniors Dilan Sargent and Gavin Braciak ran nearly side-by-side the entire race finishing 153rd (17:02.0) and 154th (17:02.8). Junior Austin Mann passed a net total of 10 runners after the 3-mile mark adding another race to his amazing finish to the season placing 169th in 17:09. Sophomore Carter Moleski came through the mile in 234th and finished in 232nd (18:13), which is a testament to his training and fitness.  

Cedar Springs boys’ cross country team finished 17th at Michigan International Speedway at state finals.  

“This was a strong finish to a historic season for our team,” said Jones. “Our senior group leaves our program with countless accolades and all-time great performances under their belt. Their presence on the team and performances on the scoreboard will be missed in the coming years, but the bar has been set for our future. I look forward to seeing our younger runners follow in their footsteps and achieve some of the same things that these four boys have.” 

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