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Chargers find success at Big Red invite


S-CTA-cross-countryThe Creative Technologies Academy cross-country team competed in the Muskegon Big Red Invite at McGraft Park this past Saturday.  Perfect weather and a fast course helped push the Chargers to some new personal best marks.

The boys team placed 7th, edging out Ravenna by two points. Kyle Biddlecome earned medal honors with a time of 19:33.  CJ Bouck continued a strong senior season with a solid finish as well.  Also scoring for the Chargers were Jeff Spicer, Jeremiah Wortz, and Andre Winters.

The Lady Chargers had two individuals earn medals. Senior Erin Willis set another new school-best time of 22:42, earning 18th place.  Sister Ashton Willis ran a personal best time of 23:45, finding a 30th place finish.  Grace VanEnk rounded out the scoring for CTA in the 40th position.

“It was an extremely successful day for us Saturday,” commented Coach Verwey. “We had numerous personal best times, earned three medals, and were even complimented for our enthusiasm, hard work, and sportsmanship by some of the other teams. The coaches are very satisfied with the outcome.”

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CTA cross country makes strides


The Creative Technology Academy cross country team competed in two challenging meets this past week. On Saturday, August 29, the team traveled up to Benzie Central High School to participate in the “Eldon Moss Cross Country Invitational” and on Wednesday, September 2, the Kent City Coed 10k Relay Invite.

SCTAcrosscountry1“This was an intense week of cross country for the team,” said Coach Gerry Verwey.  “Saturday’s meet featured 17 schools, many of whom were state championship contenders.  Wednesday’s meet pitted us against six other schools much larger than our own, including some division one competition.”

At the Benzie Central Invitational, freshman Grace VanEnk broke the girl’s school record in a time of 23:57, only to have senior Erin Willis break that mark, the following Wednesday, at Kent City with a time of 23:48. The Charger girls team features a dynamic top three with VanEnk, Willis, and twin Ashton Willis, that any new program would dream to have. Along with freshman Esther Hubbard and senior Cassie Dille, the Lady Chargers are looking to really turn some heads this season. “The girls have really come together as a team after the Benzie meet and have set their sights on some big teams and big goals,” added Coach Verwey.

-S-CTAThe girls finished 9th at the Benzie Invite with 224 points, one point behind Lake City.

The boy’s squad also found success at Benzie. All seven of the runners ran new personal best times, with the top four all within 13 seconds of each other. They placed 10th out of 18 teams competing. The boys were lead by strong performances from junior Kyle Biddlecome and senior CJ Bouck.  “Kyle and CJ are looking the strongest I’ve ever seen them, noted Verwey. “They are definitely showing that they will not back down during a race.”

CTA’s upcoming competitions include the Big Red Invite at Muskegon on September 12 and a meet at Tri County on September 15.

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