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Boys cross country finishes 10th at state finals

The Cedar Springs Cross Country Boys team finished 10th at state finals last weekend. Courtesy photo.

The Cedar Springs boys cross country team made the long trip to Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, November 4, for the MHSAA LP Division 2 Finals. Mother nature was not kind. The boys’ team was on the starting line when claps of thunder and lightning meant a 30-minute delayed start to the race. This did not stop the Red Hawks from earning a top 10 finish, however. 

The conditions were muddy with light rain but the boys pushed through. Freshman Corey Bowers came away with a personal best of 16:26, placing 37th overall. Dallas Mora finished out his senior season with a time of 16:31, placing 43rd, and earning his best time and highest placing in three years of racing at MIS. Sophomore Jaydon Moleski came in next for the Red Hawks with a time of 17:01, placing 94th, followed by sophomore Dilan Sargent, with a time of 17:04, placing 104th. Coming in 183rd and 184th were sophomores Gavin Braciak and Daniel Vermulm, with times of 17:50 and 17:51 respectively. Freshman Austin Mann came in next for the team with a time of 19:08, placing 237th

The boys cross country team was a the starting line when a thunder clap caused a 30-minute delay last Saturday. Courtesy photo.

The boys also earned team academic all-state honors at MIS this past weekend with a cumulative team GPA of 3.190. Jaydon Moleski also earned it on an individual basis with a GPA of 3.834. 

I am very proud of our boys’ team performance this weekend at the state finals,” stated Coach Garrett Lacey. “They all faced a lot of adversity on a cold, rainy, and windy day, accompanied by a few weather delays, but all performed admirably. We are thrilled to come away with a top 10 finish in the state with this young team. We were hoping for a little higher finish, but still happy to finish 10th with six of our top seven runners returning for next season.”

Lady Red Hawk junior Carolanne Merlington also made the trek to MIS to finish out her season with a very respectable time of 20:58, placing 172nd. It was her third fastest time of the season. Coach Marie Covey stated, “I’m very proud of Carolanne’s performance. She worked hard all summer and during the season for the opportunity to run at the state finals. I know she will be back next year and will have some teammates along with her.”

Congratulations to everyone on a great season.

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