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Fast course equals fast times for CS girls cross country

Fast course equals fast times for CS girls cross country
Several Lady Red Hawks set new personal records at the Shepherd invitational.

The course at the Shepherd Bluejay Invite is known to be fast and with perfect running conditions on Saturday, October 3, this made for some lifetime and overall season personal records for almost all of the Lady Red Hawks. The varsity girls placed 4th overall with the JV team earning 1st place.

Danika Fessenden (14th) and Annalise Elliott (15th) both broke the 20-minute barrier running lifetime PRs of 19:52.0 and 19:52.1 respectively. Ally Ladd stayed with them most of the race finishing 19th at 20:24. Molly Bentley (23rd) had a breakthrough race and a huge lifetime PR of 20:48 demonstrating that she is improving with every run. Addyson Brown (27th) ran a great race and was close to breaking 21 minutes finishing at 21:04. Also running a lifetime PR of 21:21 was Kelsi Green (31st) who also ran strong. Not to be outdone, Laina Payne (39th) finished 20 seconds after Kelsi earning herself a lifetime PR of 21:41. Isabel VanDusen got herself back in the 21s again running at 21:52 and placing 43rd. Rounding out the varsity squad was freshman Hannah Reed (48th) running her lifetime PR of 22:08.

Each of the five Cedar Springs girls who ran in the JV race ran lifetime or season PRs. Leading the Red Hawks was Kaitlynn Brown (2nd) who ran a strong lifetime PR of 22:11 with Reagan Viau (8th) also earning herself a lifetime PR of 22:57. Earning season PRs were Madison Golliver (10th) and Paige Marsman (13th) finishing at 23:29 and 23:52 respectively. Isabella Smith (19th) ran a huge lifetime PR of 25:13.

“There were great performances across the board for all,” said Coach Melinda Stressman. “The meet went smooth, despite all the new rules this year.”

The ladies next take to the course on Saturday, October 10, at the Autumn Sunrise Invitational at Heritage Christian School.

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