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Five straight CS invite wins for boys cross country

Five straight CS invite wins for boys cross country
Boys cross country win their fifth straight home invite.

 The Cedar Springs boys’ cross country team are what you might call back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back Cedar Springs Invitational champs after winning their fifth straight annual invite. On what could be described as a picture perfect cross country day, they took to their home course for the last time this season in a 38-point performance against 11 other local teams. 

Coming in in the number one spot was Corey Bowers at 16:06. Stepping up as the Red Hawks’ number two runner was Clayton Akerman who finished 6th and ran a lifetime personal record (PR) of 17:17.  Crossing the finish line next for the Red Hawks in a pack was Gabe White (10th), Austin Mann (12th), and Carter Moleski (13th).  Junior Cayden Steinebach finished 20th earning a meet medal.  Ben Mallory (28th) finished in 18:48 running a great race for his first ever varsity performance. 

Leading the freshman group was Jack Sherburn (31st) who ran sub 19 along with Caleb Menefee (32nd).  Freshmen Zach Reed and Elliott Moleski finished 33rd and 34th with Moleski earning a PR of 19:07.  Next for the Red Hawks and demonstrating their consistent seasons were Justin Voskuil and Gabe Minnich placing 36th and 39th respectively.  Jonathan Reed ran a huge lifetime PR of 19:42, breaking the 20-minute mark for the first time and placing 46th.  Alex Cole and Luke Price finished 60th and 101st respectively showing how deep the squad runs. 

“Thank you to our senior group, who has been a part of some special teams over the years. They’ve been a big part in creating and continuing the CSXC team-first culture. I’m extremely proud of the young men they’ve become. All four of them are destined for success wherever their next chapter takes them,” said Coach Justin Jones.  “As a team, the boys ran very smart and are racing with more confidence every week. They took charge from the start and never looked back. I think our young group is ready to take another big step forward as a team very soon. They’ve showed this weekend that even with a depleted roster they can compete at a high level. I’m grateful to be a part of their journey and we are looking forward to what’s in store for our team in the second half of the season.”

The Red Hawks will travel to Shepherd, Michigan, on Saturday, October 3, where they will be competing in the 2020 Shepherd Bluejay Invite.  Let’s go Red Hawks!

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