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Boys cross country completes competitive week

Many high school cross country coaches would say that the “real” running begins once October hits. The Cedar Springs boys team caught a glimpse of that this past week. 

The action started on Tuesday, September 28, with the second OK Gold Jamboree hosted at Gracewil Country Club, where the Red Hawks would again try to solidify their spot in the conference title race. 

On a very fast-running course, Espen Wood dipped under the 17-minute barrier, crossing in 16:44 and 6th overall. Gabe White trailed in 13th, also running a personal best of 17:07. Carter Moleski, Gabe Minnich, and Jack Sherburn rounded out scoring for the Hawks. 

The second jamboree, similar to the first, proved that the team conference race will be a nail-biter. While Forest Hills Eastern won the race by seven points, second through fifth place were separated by two points each. Cedar Springs found themselves fourth, yet still in striking position. 

“The ball is in our court now going forward,” said head coach Justin Jones. “And if we race like these boys have shown in practice and in races, we have a great shot at a conference championship.”

Focus then shifted to the always-competitive Shepherd Invite on Saturday, October 2. 

In the varsity race, the aforementioned top five from Tuesday’s race battled to a 6th place finish amongst many other larger schools. Sophomore Jack Sherburn and freshman Quinton Bell put together some of the best efforts of the season thus far, while Espen Wood continued to gain confidence towards the front of the race pack. 

Jones was pleased with the team’s efforts after a long week. 

“Coming away 6th in the large school division shows we are exactly where we need to be,” he said. “I thought Jack and Quinton particularly put the team on their backs this weekend, proving they are more mature than their underclassman status would indicate.”

Next up for the Red Hawks is the Portage Invitational on October 9.

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