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Boys cross country runs strong in mid-season Invite

The Cedar Springs boys cross country team ran many of their season best times last weekend at the Shepherd invitational.

In nearly perfect race conditions, at what is widely considered Michigan’s best cross country course, the Red Hawk boys finished 3rd in their session at the Shepherd Bluejay invite to two teams competing for state titles this year and placed 8th overall with over half of the team running season best times.

“Our goal this past weekend was to take some risks during the race. With a few boys not racing, we wanted to make sure those who were able to be there were taking some steps forward and using the race to prepare for the end of the season which is fast approaching,” said Coach Justin Jones.

Corey Bowers (15:52, 1st) took charge of this race from the gun, and went through the mile and 2 mile at 4:50 and 9:56 – his fastest ever in a XC race. Clayton Akerman (16:49, 8th) pulled off a 30 second personal record (PR) and is now number 9 on the all-time sophomore list at Cedar Springs High School. Austin Mann (17:34, 19th), Carter Moleski running his season best (17:50, 24th), and Eli Malon (17:54, 27th) rounded out the top five with Malon running a lifetime PR.

Cayden Steinebach was not far behind at 18:07 finishing in the 31 spot. Gabe Minnich ran the race of his life and a PR with a strong move at the halfway point finishing at 18:27 in 39th place. Justin Voskuil ran a lifetime best of 18:32 placing 41st and freshman Elliott Moleski ran his lifetime best breaking into the 18s finishing at 18:43 at 46th place. Another win for the JV team stemmed from the 1-2-3 finish from Caleb Menefee (18:39, 1st), Zach Reed (18:46, 3rd), and Eli Kleynenberg (18:50, 4th) who ran a huge breakout race. Alex Cole who placed 11th ran his fastest time ever with consistent splits across the board finishing at 19:43. Luke Price (22nd) was just short of his lifetime PR but finished with one of the best kicks of the day at 22:09.

The Red Hawks are preparing for their next race which takes place on Saturday, October 10, at the Autumn Sunrise Invitational in Hudsonville with a 9 a.m. start time.

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