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Girls cross country place 5th at invite

Varsity cross country girls who earned medals in the Shepherd Blue Jay invitational. From L to R: Allyson Ladd, Annalise Elliot, and Larissa McGrath.

The Cedar Springs girls’ varsity cross country team finished a very respectable 5th in the annual Shepherd Blue Jay Invitational on Saturday, October 2, with some great performances throughout the day. 

Three girls earned medals after placing in the top 20. Larissa McGrath crossed the finish line first for the Red Hawks, placing 9th overall. Teammate Annalise Elliot ran a strong race as well, finishing 11th.  Finishing next for the Red Hawks was Ally Ladd earning the 17th spot. Running as a strong group and finishing well were Isabel VanDusen (42nd), Madison Golliver (68th), Molly Bentley (75th), and Raegan Viau (85th).    

JV girls who earned medals in the Shepherd Blue Jay invitational. From L to R:  Addyson Brown, Hannah Reed, Emily Hoort, Kaitlynn Brown.

The girls JV team also placed 5th and had some very strong performances, with four girls earning medals: Kaitlynn Brown (11th), followed closely by Hannah Reed (12th), Addyson Brown (26th), and Emily Hoort (30th).  Running strong and finishing together were Allie Teuscheur (36th) and  Addison Wood (37th).  

“I thought our girls ran pretty strong out there,” said Coach Melinda Stressman. “We went out pretty aggressive on both the varsity and JV races to try and get in a good position to finish as high as we could. It was warmer than normal at this meet so I think our girls felt that a little bit as the race went on. We did everything we had to do out there and managed ourselves very well from start to finish. I’m so proud of them and looking forward to our next meet on Saturday, October 9th, at the Portage Invitational.”

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