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Boys Cross Country makes conference statement

During September 8th’s OK Gold Jamboree on the grounds of Cedar View elementary, it became clear that no boys team will be walking away easily with the conference title. The Cedar Springs Red Hawks put themselves in the conversation by placing second.

The team was led again by junior Espen Wood, placing 11th overall with a time of 17:49. Senior Carter Moleski followed three spots behind in 17:55. Gabe White and Gabe Minnich placed 16th and 17th respectively, while sophomore Jack Sherburn stepped up to run personal best of 18:26.

South Christian won the boys team race with a total of 70 points. Cedar Springs followed ten points behind, while Forest Hills Eastern and Catholic Central trailed with 88 and 92 points each. Two more jamborees this season will factor into the final point system that decides the conference team champions and all-conference honorees. 

Runners Collect Hardware at Hornet Run

Each level of the Cedar Springs boys cross country was given a chance to shine at the Central Montcalm Hornet Run on September 11. 

Unlike most meet formats, the Hornet Run divides races by grade level. Freshmen race against freshmen, and seniors race against seniors. It’s a unique opportunity that head coach Justin Jones believes is important for underclassman, as they get the chance to contend for higher finish places and earn medals. 

The Red Hawk seniors kicked off the morning. Gabe White and Carter Moleski turned in 4th and 5th place finishes respectively, with Gabe Minnich and Cayden Steinebach in the top 10 as well. Alex Cole rounded out the seniors with a time of 20:14.

Espen Wood and Jonathan Reed were the lone juniors for the Hawks, but still showed their competitive drive. Wood ran an aggressive race for third overall, continuing his impressive streak thus far. Reed, who has been dealing with a lingering injury, proved the team’s emphasis on resilience.

A sophomore slump was nowhere to be seen on the Hawks, as Jack Sherburn put together another strong race to lead their class in 18:53. Eli Kleynenberg ran his best race of the season thus far for 19:29, while Zach Reed followed closely in 19:48. Newcomer Brady Morrow also turned in a medal-earning performance. 

Last but not least, freshmen Quinton Bell and Jayden Ulberg proved their potential, placing in the top 10 of their race. 

The Hawks will now turn focus towards Friday, September 17, as they’ll be sending split squads to the MSU Spartan Invitational and Sparta Invitational. 

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