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Boys cross country team headed to state finals


The boys cross country team took second at regionals and are headed to state finals.

The Cedar Springs Boys Cross Country team is headed to the MHSAA Division 2 State Finals. The team placed 2nd out of the 15 teams that competed at the Division 2 Regional 10 meet at Michaywe Pines Golf Course in Gaylord, Michigan, on October 27.  

The boys were led by Corey Bowers who finished 3rd overall, breaking the 16 minute barrier for the second time this season in a time of 15:59. Jaydon Moleski had the biggest personal record of the day running a 30-second lifetime best and  finishing in 6th overall in a time of 16:14. Bowers and Moleski each earned All-Regional honors. Dilan Sargent just missed his lifetime best coming in 16th overall in a time of 16:44. Austin Mann ran a personal lifetime best time of 16:53 finishing in 19th overall. Gavin Braciak had a season best time of 17:09 to finish in 29th overall. Daniel Vermulm had his second best race of the year coming in 53rd overall in a time of 17:52. Carter Moleski ran well in his first meet of this importance coming in 64th overall in a time of 18:15.

 “Our boys’ team ran a hard fought race at regionals to finish 2nd and qualify for the D2 state finals at Michigan International Speedway this weekend,” said Coach Garrett Lacy. “We lost to a phenomenal Fremont team, who is one of the best teams in the state. We are excited about our potential moving forward to the state meet next weekend as well. Chelsea and Fremont look to be the top two teams in the state at this point, but after that I see it being a hard fought battle amongst several teams for spots 3-10. We are hoping for a top 5 finish to improve upon our 10th place finish at the state meet a year ago.” 

L to R: Marjorie Hosking, Tonya Tepin, Isabel VanDusen, Lily Howland, Maggie Prins, Ally Ladd, Carolanne Merlington, and Coach Melinda Stressman.

The girls team had a great day of season and personal bests. The team placed 10th out of 14 teams. Senior Carolanne Merlington led the Lady Red Hawks and placed 31st in a time of 20:30 and earned herself a season record. Maggie Prins placed 38th with a time of 20:46 to finish out her season with a lifetime personal best. Coming in next for the Red Hawks was Tonya Tepin, who placed 57th with a time of 21:35, and  also earned herself a lifetime personal record. Continuing with the trend of earning lifetime personal bests, Isabel VanDusen kept the streak rolling placing 64th in a time of 22:03. Following closely was Lily Howland placing 68th with a time of 22:25.  Aslo achieving a lifetime personal best was Marjorie Hosking with a time of 22:47. She placed 76th.  Finishing 84th was Ally Ladd in a time of 23:04. She also earned herself a lifetime personal best.  

“I was so happy with how the girls performed. They ran hard and continued to push each other in the race to move up as it went on. We had a lot of them reach their lifetime PRs and that’s great! The course was pretty fast. We were hoping for a better place but honestly they went out and did what they were supposed to do. I’m very excited for this program. There is so much talent and they work hard, now we just have to keep applying it in the competitions more and more as we go. I’m so proud of them, they’ve really come more together as a team,” said Coach Melinda Stressman.

The boys will travel to Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn on Saturday, November 3, and compete at 1:30 p.m. Let’s go Red Hawks!

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Cross country boys bring home another first place


Red Hawk Cross Country boys bringing home another first place.

From L to R:  Isabel VanDusen (86) and Carolanne Merlington (83).

The Cedar Springs Boys’ Cross Country team kept their winning streak rolling taking first in the Kent Division of the Kent Ottawa County Race held Saturday, October 6, at Gainey Athletic Complex.

The varsity boys finished 1st out of 17 teams. Corey Bowers finished with a time of 16:46 (2nd) getting outkicked in a sprint to the finish line. Jaydon Moleski and Dilan Sargent finished 17:10 (10th) and 17:22 (14th) respectively.  Bowers, Moleski, and Sargent each took home individual medals for finishing in the top 15. Austin Mann and Gavin Braciak both ran what Coach Lacy considered their best races of the season finishing 17:38 (19th) and 17:45 (22nd) respectively. Next to finish for the Red Hawks was Daniel Vermulm 18:34 (58th), Carter Moleski 18:44 (64th), Cayden Steinebach 19:03 (75th), Gabe White 19:13 (84th), and Alex Nylaan 21:10 (133rd).

The junior varsity boys placed 8th of 12 teams. Caleb Menefee led the way finishing 37th in a time of 20:11. He was followed closely by Justin Voskuil and Gabe Minnich who pushed each other throughout the race to finish in 52nd and 53rd overall in times of 20:30 and 20:31. Minnich’s time was a lifetime personal best improving his time by 6 seconds in muddy conditions. Sam Kleynenberg was next finishing in 68th in a time of 20:54 and Logan Douglas rounded out the JV finishers coming in at 115th overall in a time of 22:05.

“I thought the boys had their best team race of the season on Saturday,” said Coach Garrett Lacy. “Our gap between our one through five runners was the tightest it has been all year. Times were not fast due to muddy course conditions, but we competed very well against some of the top competition in the county, and were able to come away with another team win. Now we are just looking forward to taking care of business Wednesday to bring home our first conference title in 6 years.” 

The Lady Red Hawks finished 11th out of 14 teams. Maggie Prins finished 41st in a time of 22:18. Senior Carolanne Merlington ran her season best of 23:03 (69th) after time off for an injury. Freshmen Isabel VanDusen and Lily Howland followed closely placing 70th (23:04) and 72nd (23:06) respectively with Howland earning a lifetime personal best. Tonya Tepin was next to cross the finish line for the Red Hawks placing 87th in a time of 23:47. Ally Ladd finished 97th (24:20), Antonia Eigemann 101st (24:32), Marjorie Hosking 110th (25:24), and Paige Marsman 111th (25:25) who earned her season best.  Madison Golliver finished 118th with a time of 27:01. Hannah Helton ran her lifetime personal best for the JV girls in a time of 31:31 placing 132nd.

“Saturday’s meet was fun to watch. It was nice to see some runners out competing coming back from injuries,” said Coach Melinda Stressman. “The course was pretty challenging due to all the mud and sogginess from Friday night’s rain. I told the girls we weren’t looking for fast times. I wanted them to focus more on moving up and helping each other out. Those faster times will come. The weather was perfect for running, and the competition was solid.” 

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