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Two cross country girls qualify for regionals

Two cross country girls qualify for regionals
The JV Lady Red Hawks cross country team all medaled at the Go Out on Top Invite.

The Lady Red Hawks took to their home course one last time this season for pre-regional action on Saturday, October 24.  “Words cannot express how proud I am of the ladies who ran at pre-regionals. We were in one of the toughest regions out there and it was our goal to have the team at least get fourth and slide into regionals,” said Coach Melinda Stressman. The team ended up finishing sixth out of eight teams. 

Danika Fessenden finished first for the Red Hawks in a time of 20:05 (18th overall) followed closely by Annalise Elliott (20:10, 21st).  Molly Bentley and Ally Ladd were next to cross the finish line for the Red Hawks finishing 25th and 26th at 20:53.00 and 20:53.30 respectively.  Isabel VanDusen ran a breakthrough race running her lifetime best of 21:30 (36th). Addyson Brown and Laina Payne did a great job of moving up throughout the race and keeping the gaps small finishing 21:44 (39th) and 21:50 (41st). 

Danika Fessenden and Annalise Elliott qualified to advance to run at regionals which will be held at Benzie Central High School on October 31.  Bentley and Ladd were only two spots away from qualifying. 

“This team has come a long way and has put in the work all summer and fall and to tell them we didn’t make it in as a whole was tough,” said Coach Stressman.  “I thought we ran so good and I couldn’t have asked for anyone to run better than they did. They have done so well working together and improving individually.” 

While the varsity girls ran at home, the JV girls teams traveled to Benzie Central High School for the Go Out On Top Invite on Saturday, October 24. It was a day of lifetime personal and seasonal bests for many of them.  Cedar Springs took second out of six teams with each of the Cedar Springs girls medaling. 

Some highlights include Larissa McGrath, who had a lifetime personal best of 21:05, finished 6th; Hannah Reed, with a PR of 21:36, was 9th; Paige Marsman with a season record of 22:45 (21st), Haylie Terrien with a PR of 22:54 (23rd), and Madison Golliver who ran her lifetime best of 23:17 (26th).

“Across the board our ladies ran huge lifetime and seasonal PRs. I wish we could have been there, but I want to give a huge thanks to Coach Jeff Brazier for volunteering his time on a Saturday to coach the cross country team,” said Coach Melinda Stressman.

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