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Back to back to back wins for boys at Kent Ottawa meet

It was a dominant performance for the varsity boys in their 3rd straight championship at the Kent Ottawa Meet held at the Calvin College Gainey Athletic Complex on October 12. Despite muddy, cold, and windy conditions, the Red Hawks stuck to the goals they set for the race and pulled out a strong win in a field of 21 teams.

The Red Hawks were scored in the Kent Division with Corey Bowers placing 1st overall in a time of 16:18 with teammate Jaydon Moleski not far behind in 4th at 16:39. Rounding out scoring for the Red Hawks in a dominant 35-point team score were Daniel Vermulm (8th, 17:00), Dilan Sargent (10th, 17:03), and Gavin Braciak (12th, 17:13). The top five for the Red Hawks were all medal recipients. Next was Austin Mann running one of his best races of the year placing 21st at 17:29, Carter Moleski (45th, 18:08), Espen Wood (55th, 18:19), Cayden Steinebach (60th, 18:22), and Clayton Akerman (108th, 19:43).

The Red Hawks getting out ahead of the competition at the beginning of the race. 
Courtesy photo.

The JV team placed 3rd out of 8 teams with Eli Malon running his breakout race placing 6th in 18:46, which is 5 minutes and 17 seconds faster than he ran just seven weeks ago. Ben Mallory placed 13th at 19:02 running a new personal best.  Teammate Justin Voskuil also ran a new personal best at 19:20 and placed 20th.  Gabe Minnich (25th) and Caleb Menefee (31st) each ran their season best at 19:32 and 19:39 respectively. Connor Skelonc broke into the 19s for the first time with a time of 19:58 placing 43rd. Matthew McQueen placed 96th in a time of 21:58 and Jonathan Reed placed 115th in 22:56.

 “This meet served as a great dress rehearsal as the post season is now upon us,” said Coach Justin Jones. “Our boys came through once again and battled the mud, wind, and cold very well as we walked away with our 3rd consecutive county championship. Our next meets will dictate how we place in the conference, region, and state. With months of training behind us, it’s now time to compete and let all the miles and hard work pay off. I’m excited to see what’s in store for these guys. Regardless of what happens, this group has left their mark in the history books of Cedar Springs Athletics and I couldn’t be prouder of them.”

 The team will be competing next in the Late Season Warrior Invitational at Chippewa Hills High School on October 19.

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Red Hawks Cross Country boys shine at Portage

The Red Hawks traveled to Portage on Saturday, October 5, for Michigan’s biggest cross country event, the Portage Invite.  Even with one of the top five racers out for the day, the varsity team still managed a 14th place finish out of 40 of the biggest and strongest teams in the state and the JV team finished 24th out of 36 teams.  This was the program’s first ever appearance in the Division 1 race and the team left with 10 season personal records (PR) and eight lifetime bests on a challenging but rewarding course. 

The Red Hawk medalists who finished in the top 50. L to R:  Daniel Vermulm, Jaydon Moleski, and Corey Bowers.

Corey Bowers placed 18th overall in a time of 15:54 earning himself a new lifetime PR. Senior Jaydon Moleski (27th) ran a 16:08, tying him with Jason Quist for #9 all time in our program’s history! According to Coach Jones, Jaydon’s name will be put on the record board in the gymnasium at the end of the season, where he will join teammate Corey Bowers, who made the board at #7 last year.

Daniel Vermulm came away with a new PR of 16:30 placing 50th and snagging the last spot as a medalist.  Austin Mann returned to form placing (143rd) and running 17:21, which is a new season best for him, with Dilan Sargent finishing right behind him at 148th in a time of 17:25.  Sophomore Carter Moleski (206th) ran a new PR for the day in a time of 17:51 and freshman Espen Wood finished 233rd in a time of 18:06 showing they are not afraid of the big leagues.

In the JV race, Clayton Akerman lead the way with one of his strongest races of the season placing 71st in a time of 18:07.   Cayden Steinebach (133rd, 18:40) followed close behind displaying a season of consistent training and racing.  Sophomore Ben Mallory (193rd, 19:02) set another lifetime PR as a cross country rookie.  Eli Malon also set a new PR placing 234th in 19:25, which is 4:38 faster than his first race of the season. Caleb Menefee (275th, 19:40) set a new season best looking the strongest he has all season.  Justin Voskuil (317th, 19:55) was able to sneak under the 20-minute mark for the 6th consecutive race this season with Gabe Minnich (340th, 20:08) coming in close behind.  Connor Skelonc (362nd, 20:15) walked away with a new PR of over a minute and Matthew McQueen (450th, 21:01) just missed the 21-minute mark by a second. 

 “Our modified varsity squad came away with a 14th place finish in our program’s first appearance in the D1 race at Portage. We came away with many personal bests from both varsity and JV runners. The cherry on top this weekend was Jaydon’s 16:08 performance, which placed him on the top-10 all-time list in our program’s historic history. At the conclusion of the season, you’ll see his name on the board in our gymnasium. He is special athlete who has always gone about his business with humility and grace. He’s a great example for younger runners on how a team first mindset produces individual results,” said Coach Justin Jones.

The Red Hawks will travel to the Gainey Athletic Complex for the Kent Ottawa Meet on Saturday, October 12.

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Boys cross country wins two conference meets

The boys cross country team with their 1st place trophy from the Cedar Springs Invite.


The Cedar Springs Boys Cross Country team took 1st in their second conference meet of the season with a team score of 34 points, 11 points better than 2nd place Lowell. This meet took place on September 19 at Cedar Springs.

Corey Bowers led the way taking 1st place overall in a winning time of 16:24. Dilan Sargent and Jaydon Moleski worked together for much of the race through the 2-mile mark remaining in the top 5 throughout. Sargent had a fantastic last mile and almost chased down the 2nd place finisher in the last 800, but finished 4th overall in season best time of 16:50, only three seconds off of 2nd. Moleski also finished strong to finish 5th at 17:00. Gavin Braciak and Austin Mann ran tough throughout as well, did their jobs, and held their spots to finish 11th and 15th respectively in times of 17:47 and 17:55. Other finishers were Carter Moleski (31st, 18:33) and Gabe White (35th with a lifetime best time of 18:45). Alex Nylaan ran a lifetime best of 19:37 finishing 52nd. Cayden Steinebach was 65th (19:59), Sam Kleynenberg 74th (season best of 20:17), Caleb Menefee 80th (20:33), Justin Voskuil 81st (lifetime best time of 20:33), Logan Douglas 89th (20:53), and Gabe Minnich 95th (21:14).

The girls’ team placed 7th scoring 170 points. Maggie Prins led the team, placing 26th overall running a lifetime best of 22:08. Isabel VanDusen was not far behind the entire meet, running a lifetime best of 22:38 placing 32nd. Lily Howland also ran a lifetime best of 23:30 placing 41st. Antonia Eigemann placed 49th also running a lifetime best of 23:40. Tonya Tepin moved up along the way to help her team. She ran 23:56 placing 56th. Ally Ladd was right behind her and placed 57th running a time of 23:59. Marjorie Hosking placed 59th with a lifetime best of 24:12. Paige Marsman came in 79th running a season best of 25:54. Julia Peckover placed 85th and ran 26:44. Emily Caldwell helped her along the way, placing 87th with a time of 26:52. Madison Golliver placed 96th with a time of 27:46. Hannah Helton ran her best time this season with a time of 36:57 placing 105th taking a minute of her time from last weekend.

Coach Melinda Stressman said, “This was not quite where we wanted to be, but improvement was made with how we competed. Now we just need to keep competing like that to close some gaps. Little by little we will get there.”

On Saturday, September 22, the teams hosted the Cedar Springs Invite. Fifteen schools competed with the boys’ team securing another first place finish, gaining another trophy, and 10 boys earning individual medals.

The boys dominated the competition in the varsity race with individual finishes of 1-3-4-14-15 for a team score of 35 points and a 1st place finish. Grant finished 2nd with 76 points. 

Corey Bowers broke the 16-minute barrier for the first time in 15:59. Dilan Sargent and Jaydon Moleski worked together throughout the entire race finishing 3rd and 4th overall in times of 16:42 (personal best) and 16:45 (season best). Gavin Braciak and Austin Mann rounded out the scoring for boys’ team finishing in 14th and 15th in times of 17:29 (season best) and 17:30 (personal best). Carter Moleski finished in 29th overall setting a new lifetime best of 17:52. Daniel Vermulm finished 41st overall in a season best time of 18:27 after coming back from an injury.

On the JV side of things, Gabe White and Cayden Steinebach competed at the front of the race and finished in 3rd and 5th overall in personal lifetime best times of 18:35 and 18:38. The next three individuals had huge lifetime personal bests, shaving nearly 1 minute off their times. They included Sam Kleynenberg 11th in 19:17, Justin Voskuil 18th in 19:36, and Caleb Menefee 19th in 19:39. Gabe Minnich finished in 34th in a time of 20:37, about a 20 second lifetime best. Logan Douglas finished 41st in a time of 20:58 and Alex Nylaan finished the race in 56th place in a time of 21:52.

“I was very pleased with both races this week,” said Coach Garrett Lacy. “On Wednesday we won our 2nd straight OK White Jamboree. We have some work left to do with two conference meets left to go, but we will be in great position to bring home an OK White Conference title to Cedar Springs here in a month or so. On Saturday we had one of the rare experiences as a team where nearly every single runner came away with personal lifetime best, or season best times. On top of that we were able to come away with a win at our home invitational in front of all of our fans and supporters. I am happy with the progress we are making from top to bottom on our roster. Everyone is getting faster and finding success in their own way, which is all you can ask for as a coach.” 

The varsity girls took 6th at the invite with 178 points. Unfortunately, there are no times available at this time due to a rare glitch in the system. However, each girl either ran of lifetime personal best or season best. Running for the varsity girls were Maggie Prins (22nd), Isabel VanDusen (33rd), Ally Ladd (44th), Lily Howland (46th), Tonya Tepin (47th), and Marjorie Hosking (48th). Paige Marsman also ran for the varsity but unfortunately her time or place is not available. 

Both of the JV girls had a great race day with Madison Golliver placing 20th with a time of 24:25 and Hannah Helton running her best race of the season shaving almost 3 minutes off her time placing 65th in a time of 34:24. 

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