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Red Hawk boys running strong

Cedar Springs placed second at the Autumn Sunrise Invitational last weekend. 

It was a beautiful morning as the boys’ cross country team competed against some strong local teams at the Autumn Sunrise Invitational held at Heritage Christian School, on October 10.  Cedar Springs placed 2nd to a very strong running Lowell team. 

Senior Corey Bowers finished first at 15:51 coming through with one of his best performances of the season. Clayton Akerman (10th) continued his tear of rapid improvement with his second straight sub 17 race. Gabe White finished 16th and continues to be one of the team’s most consistent racers this season. Closely following White was a pack of Red Hawks which included Cayden Steinebach (25th), Carter Moleski (29th), and Austin Mann (32nd). Gabe Minnich had a varsity performance finishing 37th and seniors Justin Voskuil (40th) and Caleb Menefee (45th) nearly ran season bests as well on the winding course.

The JV team ran yet another dominant race with a near perfect score of 19 taking first place. Freshman Jack Sherburn (1st) took home the win with a 14 second new personal best of 18:27. Sherburn was followed closely behind by Eli Malon (2nd) and Zach Reed (3rd). Eli Kleynenberg (6th) and Elliott Moleski (7th) both continue to come on stronger than ever as a part of the young freshman core that leads bright the future of the team. Alex Cole (10th) had his best race of the season by far finishing at 19:26. Rounding out the JV squad were Jonathan Reed (31st), Luke Price (43rd) and Clayton Auwema (53rd) who ran a lifetime best of 26:36. 

 “This was a great opportunity for us to try a few new things one last time before we start racing for keeps to end the season,” said Coach Justin Jones. “Our young men have been putting some serious tough miles over the past few weeks as we close in once again on the championship phase of the season. Our training program is built to peak in mid-late October, and we are ready to put it to the test as the boys try and make some noise at conference championships and Pre-Regionals next week.”

The Red Hawks will enter into championship season running in their third and final OK Gold conference meet at Thornapple Kellogg on October 20.  

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Another strong day of performances for Lady Red Hawks

JV cross country girls in the starting block at the Autumn Sunrise Invite.

The Red Hawk cross county girls ran in the Autumn Sunrise Invitational on Saturday, October 10, at Heritage Christian School.  The varsity girls took third, scoring 81 points which was only 2 points away from second place. 

“Being that it was our first time at this course, we did so well as a team. We had great individual performances as well as overall team scoring,” said Coach Melinda Stressman. 

Leading the Red Hawks was Danika Fessenden (6th) who got in a great position with teammate Annalise Elliott (13th) right beside her for most of the way both running very good.  Kelsi Green (19th) got out strong and placed herself in a good position to help her teammates, just a few seconds shy off her lifetime personal record. Addyson Brown (21st), who finished two spots behind Green, ran very well and closed some gaps as the race went on. Izzy VanDusen (22nd) broke away and ran her season best of 21:46. Laina Payne (23rd) ran really well and stayed with a few of her teammates to finish in a great spot. Molly Bentley (25th) made sure to stay with the pack to help keep the gaps small.  Larissa McGrath (26th) ran her lifetime best of 21:58. Kaitlynn Brown (31st) did a great job pushing herself and maintaining a good pace throughout the course. Rounding out the varsity squad was freshman Hannah Reed (44th) who ran a solid race, not letting the pack get too far ahead of her. 

The JV girls took second and scored 38 points, only 17 points behind Covenant Christian. Freshman Reagan Viau placed 2nd and ran a solid race earning her lifetime personal best of 22:49. Haylie Terrien (9th), who has dealt with an injury most of this season, also ran her lifetime personal best of 24:09. Right behind Terrien was Paige Marsman (10th) who helped her teammates around her and pushed herself to get a good position with nice finish at the end.  Madison Golliver (17th) did well maintaining on the course and pushing her teammates and finished strong.  Isabella Smith (18th) ran very good and helped her teammate Mikayla Caruthers (19th) run her lifetime personal best of 25:33.

“I’m super proud of our Lady Hawks. They have been working so hard and have been great and supportive to each other. I’m so excited for the rest of the season,” said Coach Melinda Stressman. 

The ladies will be racing at Thornapple Kellogg on Tuesday, October 20, where they will be competing in their last OK Gold conference meet of the season. 

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