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Red Hawk runners take a step forward

From L to R: Senior boy runners Cayden Steinebach, Gabe White, Gabe Minnich, Carter Moleski, and senior girl runners Izzy VanDusen, Ally Ladd (sign), and Maddie Golliver.

The Cedar Springs boys country team was met with cooler temperatures and familiar territory at September 27th’s Red Hawk Invite on the grounds of Cedar View elementary. After a string of difficult races the previous weekend, the runners aimed to better their times with more efficient race strategies. 

Those strategies resulted in one huge step forward, with personal bests from many and a second-place team finish. Head coach Justin Jones was encouraged by what he saw on the course. 

“We took huge strides forward from top to bottom,” said Jones. “Our boys were aggressive from the gun and made big improvements minimizing any inconsistent mile splits.”

At the front of the pack, again, was Espen Wood. The junior established himself early in the lead pack and battled hard for third place overall. His time of 17:22 also marked a personal record. 

Senior Gabe White followed in fourth place, finishing 20 seconds behind Wood. Carter Moleski and Jack Sherburn each turned in top 10 performances as well, as Sherburn also joined the PR club for the day. 

Freshman Quinton Bell and sophomore Brady Morrow both provided excitement for the day as well. Bell achieved a nearly-30 second PR, continuing a very impressive first-year campaign. Morrow, a newcomer to Cedar Springs this year, broke through to run 19:14, obliterating his previous best time of 21:12.

After the races, the Cedar Springs cross country community took time to honor the program’s seniors. Gabe White, Gabe Minnich, Cayden Steinebach, and Carter Moleski all took the ceremonial walk across the finish line, their last time as athletes. 

Wayland Union won the meet, just three points ahead of the Red Hawks. The team will face them again Tuesday, September 28th at the second OK Gold Jamboree hosted at Gracewil Country Club. 

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