Posted on 08 October 2009.
Creative Technologies Academy’s cross-country team enjoyed some good competition this past Saturday at the 35th Annual Don Baese Invitational in Carson City. CTA was among nearly 100 other schools, 21 of which competed in the “Blue C/D” division race. Although a lot of rain had fallen the day and night before the race, sandy soil and firm footing provided for excellent course conditions.
On the boy’s side, the “Chargers” finished in 15th place as a team. The top three harriers for CTA had an impressive race, in which all three competed up near the front of the race and finished within 27 seconds of each other. Junior Kyle Biddlecome finished first for CTA in a time of 19:27. Freshman Jeremiah Wortz followed closely behind in 19:35, and then senior CJ Bouck crossed the line in 19:54. Sophomore Halfdan Lien Kjaer (20:44.1) and freshman Andre Winters (20:44.7) rounded out the top five for the Chargers.
For the girls, freshman Grace VanEnk stepped up in a big way to lead her team with a time of 23:52, a new personal best time for VanEnk. Erin and Ashton Willis continued their strong season with times of 24:06 and 25:03, respectively. Senior Cassie Dille continued to improve with yet another personal best time for herself (28:04).
CTA’s middle school girl’s team continued to impress the crowds with Maegan Roach finishing third overall, just getting past in the last few feet, with a time of 10:36. Hannah Hubbard and Alicia Beck finished 27th and 28th, respectively, earning medal honors along with Roach.
“As coaches, we saw some very encouraging signs today,” commented varsity coach Gerry Verwey. “The top three boys were the most competitive and determined I have ever seen them. Grace VanEnk stepping up as a freshman to lead for the girls was awesome. In the middle school, Maegan continues to amaze us with her effort, and when she doesn’t win she doesn’t give excuses, she simply says she needs to do better next time.”
CTA will compete in the Portage Invitational this Saturday.
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Posted on 01 October 2009.
The Creative Technologies Academy cross country teams had a successful day this past Saturday at the Central Lake Class “D” Cross Country Invitational. The men’s team finished 7th out of 12 schools with full teams with 167 pts. Sacred Heart Academy – Mt. Pleasant won the meet with 55 pts. For the first time this season, two Chargers broke the 19-minute mark for the guys. Jeremiah Wortz led the way in 18:50, followed closely by Kyle Biddlecome in 18:59. CJ Bouck, Lukas Holstein, and Andre Winters completed the scoring for CTA.
Four lady Chargers competed in the women’s race. Senior Erin Willis continued to lead the way in a time of 22:31. She was followed by Ashton Willis, Grace VanEnk, and Cassie Dille, respectively.
Erin Willis joined the boy’s Jeremiah Wortz on the medal stand for a top 30 finish. Also earning a medal was Halfdan Lien Kjaer with a second place in the men’s JV race. “We are excited to have had so many good times and medal winners,” said Coach Gerry Verwey. “It appears as if the team is responding well to the training program we have implemented.”
CTA’s middle school cross country team also competed at Central Lake. All four female middle school runners earned medals Saturday. Seventh-grader Maegan Roach won the girl’s two-mile race in a time of 12:35. Eighth-grader Alica Beck finished ninth with a time of 14:41 and seventh-grader Hannah Hubbard finished 13th in 14:48. On the boy’s side, Benett Tomandl had a strong race earning a time of 13:44. In the sixth grade race, Annalise VanEnk received a well-earned medal for her 7th place finish.
Both the middle and high school teams will be competing at Carson City-Crystal this Saturday in the Don Baese Invitational at 9 a.m.
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Posted on 24 September 2009.
The runners from Creative Technologies Academy concluded a busy week of competition with tough races at Tri County and the Sparta Invitational. On Tuesday, the Chargers traveled up to Tri County High School to run against both Tri County and Lakeview. Warm weather led to some tough conditions, but that did not stop the top female for CTA, Erin Willis, from finishing with an impressive third place with a time of 23:43. Freshman Grace VanEnk also placed high in sixth place. The boys team was lead by senior CJ Bouck, Jeff Spicer, and Jeremiah Wortz in fifth through seventh place, respectively.
In the “Silver” division at the Sparta Invitational this past Saturday, CTA faced 15 other schools and fast, dry conditions for numerous personal bests. The boys placed 13th as a team and found themselves with a new number one runner for their team. Freshman Jeremiah Wortz stepped up a big way half way through the race to lead the Chargers across the line with a time of 19:47. Wortz dropped 52 seconds from his previous best time. Kyle Biddlecome, Andre Winters, Bouck, and Lukas Holstein rounded out the scoring.
On the girls side, four Lady Chargers competed in a tough race. Willis continued to lead the way for the team, followed by VanEnk, Ashton Willis, and Cassie Dille. Although it was not the best race of the season for the girls, Coach Verwey was impressed by the heart demonstrated by the ladies. Dille, despite battling injury, ran a personal best time and freshman Grace VanEnk appeared to be adapting well to tougher high school competition.
CTA will travel far north this weekend for the Central Lake Invitational. After some struggles at Central Lake last year, the team is looking for some redemption and will test their will against some smaller northern Michigan schools.
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