Posted on 06 November 2014.
Austin Sargent finished second in the state in the Division 2 boys cross country finals last weekend.
Kenzie Weiler finished second in the state in the Division 2 girls cross country finals last weekend.
Runners Kenzie Weiler and Austin Sargent both finish second in state
Kenzie Weiler (defending State Champion in Division 2) led her team to a great finale by finishing second place overall in the State Finals held at Michigan International Speedway Saturday Nov. 1. Kenzie finished her high school cross country career by running in the State Finals all four years and finishing 2nd, 2nd, 1st and this year 2nd.
“She has proven to be one of the state’s best all-time runners in history,” said Coach Marie Covey.
The remaining lady Red Hawk runners also ran well. Ellie Ovokaitys (42nd), Tara Tepin (135th), and Hannah Heinzelman (136th) all ran their personal records. Remaining team members Shayne Mann (63rd), Allyson Marvel (195th), and Myla Umphrey (210th) ran close to their best races of the season in a field of 248 of the best runners in the state. “I’m so proud of how hard this entire team worked all season,” said Coach Covey, “I was hoping for top ten after finishing 15th last year. It was a great day to be a Red Hawk.”
The girls weren’t the only runners from Cedar Springs in the highlights. Austin Sargent (the defending boys State Champion in Division 2) had a great race on the cold windy day at the State Finals. He ran just one second off his personal record with a time of 15:42 and finished runner-up.
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Posted on 30 October 2014.
2014 Cross Country Regional Champions. L to R: Kenzie Weiler, Myla Umphrey, Tara Tepin, Ellie Ovokaitys, Shayne Mann, Hannah Heintzelman and Allyson Marvel. Coached by Marie Covey.
The Red Hawk runners decided to follow the local gridiron heroes by extending their season. The boys and girls teams competed in the regional cross country meet in Traverse City last weekend.
The Cedar Springs Girls Cross Country Team placed first at regionals and will compete at the state finals November 1. Senior Kenzie Weiler led the pack of 100 girl competitors racing on the course at Grand Traverse Resort, with a finishing time of 18 minutes 15 seconds, 53 seconds ahead of the second place finisher. Kenzie has held the title of Regional Champion all four years of high school. Senior Shayne Mann and junior Ellie Ovokaitys ran their personal best records finishing 8th and 9th with times of 19:46 and 19:50, respectfully. Teammates Hannah Heintzelman (sophomore) finished 22nd in 21:00, Tara Tepin (sophomore) 34th in 21:27, Allyson Marvel (junior) 56th in 22:44 and Myla Umphrey (freshman) 66th in 23:12.
Coach Covey said they were seeded to place third in the meet behind Whitehall and Sparta, but with the performance her team ran on Saturday they were able to take home the trophy by overcoming second place Whitehall by 8 points, 74-82. Gaylord is the third place team that will also be traveling to the State Finals.
“I am so excited to have this team win a big meet. We were very close to winning the conference title but we fell short of Forest Hills Northern at every conference meet. These girls deserved it!” Covey exclaimed. This is Covey’s first regional championship.
The boy’s team placed fifth and did not qualify for the state meet. However, senior Austin Sargent won the boys race and will represent Cedar this weekend at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.
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Posted on 07 November 2013.
Kenzie Weiler and Austin Sargent
Two runners from the Cedar Springs Red Hawks cross country teams did something last weekend that has never been done before in Division 2—and only once before in the state’s history—a boy and girl from the same school both won the state title in Cross Country the same year.
Junior Austin Sargent finished first in the Boys Division 2 State Finals with a time of 15:42.7 and Kenzie Weiler finished first in the Girls Division 2 State Finals with a time of 17:55.1 last weekend at Michigan International Speedway.
Only one other time in state history has a boy and girl won state titles together and that was Corunna HS in 1995.
The entire girls Cross Country team also qualified for the state finals. After placing second at regionals, the girls’ team was looking for a solid performance on Saturday. The team ended up finishing 15th overall, led by Weiler, who placed first and became Cedar Springs’ first female cross country girl to win a state championship. Sophomore Kellsie Webber was 71st overall and ran her best time of her career. Senior Maddie Pekrul finished her last race, placing 90th overall, and was followed closely by Ellie Ovokaitys who placed 91st and also ran her best time. Shayne Mann (103rd) also ran her personal best time ever. Senior Caitlin McClurken also broke the 21-minute barrier and Allyson Marvel rounded out the top seven by adding a solid performance.
Austin Sargent, Cedar Springs boys only state qualifier, ran in a pack and broke away to take the lead and finish first to become the D2 state champion. Sargent becomes the third boy from Cedar to win an individual state championship. He follows Connor Mora (2012) and Landon Peacock (2005). The win also becomes the first time a school has had two different state champions in back to back years.
“This is a big moment in our school history and we are very proud of Kenzie and Austin!” remarked Autumn Mattson, Athletic Director at Cedar Springs High School. “The success of these individuals and our team is directly related to the support of our cross country parents, hard work and determination of our athletes and the countless hours our previous coaches and current coaches have put into our kids. Last Saturday was a great day to be a Red Hawk!”
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Posted on 07 November 2013.
Link, Sargent and Kolasa are named Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters Student Athletes of the Month for October
Senior Cam Link was named the October 2013 Student Athlete of the Month for Football. Cam is a 2 year varsity player for the Red Hawks playing running back and defensive back. Cam is having a great senior season for the leading the team in rushing with 412 yards on 51 carries including 6 touchdowns. Cam has a 2.5 GPA, and he is involved Red Hawks Kids club.
Cam’s favorite class is Hitler Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. When asked what he likes about football Cam states that he loves that his team is so passionate and committed to playing together and improving with every game.
Cam is the son of Tami and Mike Link.
Senior Brianna Kolasa was named the October 2013 Student Athlete of the month for the Equestrian Team. Brianna is passionate about horses, so much that she says “Horses are my Life”. Brianna spends time volunteering at the Hidden Horse Haven and her favorite class is the Dave Ramsey class. She also commented that a couple things she loved about her Equestrian Team experience this year was that the team was so diverse in trying new events. Brianna excels in the classrom with a 3.55 GPA.
Coach Emily Ream says that,” Bri has a wonderful work ethic, and she is always willing to try new events and step up to fill spots where she is needed. She always has a smile on her face and is quick with and uplifting and encouraging word. She may not have known many of the other members of the team when she started, but definitely made a point to make friends and support her fellow teammates at every turn. She has been a great role model to our younger riders. WE are very blessed to have Brianna on our team and will miss her as she graduates.”
Brianna is the daughter of LeeAnn and Todd Kolasa.
Junior Austin Sargent has been named the October 2013 Student Athlete of the Month for Boys Cross Country. Austin is a leader for the team this season, and is having an excellent season currently ranked as the #1 runner in the state of Michigan for Division 2. Austin also excels in the classroom with a 3.53 GPA.
Austin has blossomed into one of the elite runners in the area and many good things are ahead for him. Austin participates in Red Hawks kids club and enjoys his conditioning and weight training class the most so far this year. Austin loves how the Cross Country Team works together to push each other to get better every day!
Coach Craig Potter says, “Austin is a very hard worker with great leadership skills for the underclassmen on the team.”
Austin is the son of Misti and Shane Sargent.
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