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Bowers runs at state meet


Red Hawk Corey Bowers with
Coach Justin Jones at the
state meet Nov. 6.
Courtesy photo.

Cedar Springs senior Corey Bowers competed in the MHSAA D1 State Meet held at Michigan International Speedway on November 6. The meet did not go as planned for him and he finished in a time of 16:29, in 74th place. 

Bowers was in 12th place halfway through the race and was ready to make a strong move going towards the infield when a diaphragm issue arose. “While it wasn’t the race he was aiming for, he went out extremely smart and reserved,” said Coach Justin Jones. “This one was out of his hands and that’s okay as long as you learn from it and respond with what you learned about yourself the next time around. You can get bitter or better, I always say.” 

Looking back on Bowers’ high school cross country career, he has been first team all-conference all four years; conference champ the last three; has been part of two team OK conference championships; all-regional the last four years; and has competed in the state meet all four years.  He has also been all-state in both outdoor and indoor track. He currently holds the fifth fastest time in Cedar Springs’ cross country history with a time of 15:37. He has plans to continue his running career in college. 

Bowers isn’t quite ready to hang up his spikes for the season just yet. He is hoping to bounce back as he plans to run in the MITCA Michigan Meet of Champions on Saturday, November 14, at Freeland, Michigan. 

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Red Hawk boys Cross Country headed to regionals


The Cedar Springs boys cross country team finished fourth at pre-regionals last Saturday and will move on to regionals this Saturday. Courtesy photo.

The Cedar Springs boys cross country team competed against seven other local teams in the MHSAA Pre-Regional Championships held at Cedar Springs on October 24. The team finished fourth and secured a spot to move onto regional action. 

“The boys knew that they had to be top four to move on to regionals as a team, and that on paper we were on the outside looking in by just a few points. They stepped up with fearless confidence and got the job done, moving up and finishing in the top 4 as a team,” said Coach Justin Jones. “Watching them learn to look adversity in the eye and say ‘nope, I have the power and ability to change that’ are the moments that I will always cherish the most as a coach. Proud would be an understatement.” 

Corey Bowers finished first overall running in at 15:52. Clayton Akerman (11th) ran his lifetime best at 16:44 which moves him to the number eight spot on the all-time sophomore performance list for Cedar Springs. Making the difference for the team was Gabe White (31st) who got into a great position at the start of the race and held onto it. Austin Mann (33rd), Carter Moleski (34th) and Cayden Steinebach (35th) ended up in a position where they were packed together the second half of the race, knowing they would be the difference makers for the race and finished almost exactly where they needed to be in a projected winning scenario. Eli Malon (38th) followed close behind with a hard-fought race to cap off a successful day for the CS boys.  

“Regionals can’t come soon enough. I’m looking forward to going head to head against some of the state’s best teams and runners on one of our favorite courses,” said Coach Jones.  Regionals will be held at Benzie Central High School on October 31 with a start time of 4 p.m.

While the varsity ran at home, the JV took to the road and traveled to Benzie Central High School where they competed in the Benzie Go Out On Top Invite. The boys finished second out of three teams competing and it was a day full of lifetime bests.  Zach Reed broke into the 17s for the first time finishing 2nd overall and first for the Red Hawks in a time of 17:56. Running their lifetime personal bests were Gabe Minnich (6th) at 18:04 followed closely by Justin Voskuil (7th) at 18:05. Eli Kleynenberg was not far behind finishing 8th with his lifetime PR of 18:10. Alex Cole finished 14th for the Red Hawks breaking into the 18s for the first time at 18:57. Luke Price also ran a huge PR of 21:29 finishing 27th

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Boys cross country runs strong in mid-season Invite


The Cedar Springs boys cross country team ran many of their season best times last weekend at the Shepherd invitational.

In nearly perfect race conditions, at what is widely considered Michigan’s best cross country course, the Red Hawk boys finished 3rd in their session at the Shepherd Bluejay invite to two teams competing for state titles this year and placed 8th overall with over half of the team running season best times.

“Our goal this past weekend was to take some risks during the race. With a few boys not racing, we wanted to make sure those who were able to be there were taking some steps forward and using the race to prepare for the end of the season which is fast approaching,” said Coach Justin Jones.

Corey Bowers (15:52, 1st) took charge of this race from the gun, and went through the mile and 2 mile at 4:50 and 9:56 – his fastest ever in a XC race. Clayton Akerman (16:49, 8th) pulled off a 30 second personal record (PR) and is now number 9 on the all-time sophomore list at Cedar Springs High School. Austin Mann (17:34, 19th), Carter Moleski running his season best (17:50, 24th), and Eli Malon (17:54, 27th) rounded out the top five with Malon running a lifetime PR.

Cayden Steinebach was not far behind at 18:07 finishing in the 31 spot. Gabe Minnich ran the race of his life and a PR with a strong move at the halfway point finishing at 18:27 in 39th place. Justin Voskuil ran a lifetime best of 18:32 placing 41st and freshman Elliott Moleski ran his lifetime best breaking into the 18s finishing at 18:43 at 46th place. Another win for the JV team stemmed from the 1-2-3 finish from Caleb Menefee (18:39, 1st), Zach Reed (18:46, 3rd), and Eli Kleynenberg (18:50, 4th) who ran a huge breakout race. Alex Cole who placed 11th ran his fastest time ever with consistent splits across the board finishing at 19:43. Luke Price (22nd) was just short of his lifetime PR but finished with one of the best kicks of the day at 22:09.

The Red Hawks are preparing for their next race which takes place on Saturday, October 10, at the Autumn Sunrise Invitational in Hudsonville with a 9 a.m. start time.

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