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Two cross country girls qualify for regionals


The JV Lady Red Hawks cross country team all medaled at the Go Out on Top Invite.

The Lady Red Hawks took to their home course one last time this season for pre-regional action on Saturday, October 24.  “Words cannot express how proud I am of the ladies who ran at pre-regionals. We were in one of the toughest regions out there and it was our goal to have the team at least get fourth and slide into regionals,” said Coach Melinda Stressman. The team ended up finishing sixth out of eight teams. 

Danika Fessenden finished first for the Red Hawks in a time of 20:05 (18th overall) followed closely by Annalise Elliott (20:10, 21st).  Molly Bentley and Ally Ladd were next to cross the finish line for the Red Hawks finishing 25th and 26th at 20:53.00 and 20:53.30 respectively.  Isabel VanDusen ran a breakthrough race running her lifetime best of 21:30 (36th). Addyson Brown and Laina Payne did a great job of moving up throughout the race and keeping the gaps small finishing 21:44 (39th) and 21:50 (41st). 

Danika Fessenden and Annalise Elliott qualified to advance to run at regionals which will be held at Benzie Central High School on October 31.  Bentley and Ladd were only two spots away from qualifying. 

“This team has come a long way and has put in the work all summer and fall and to tell them we didn’t make it in as a whole was tough,” said Coach Stressman.  “I thought we ran so good and I couldn’t have asked for anyone to run better than they did. They have done so well working together and improving individually.” 

While the varsity girls ran at home, the JV girls teams traveled to Benzie Central High School for the Go Out On Top Invite on Saturday, October 24. It was a day of lifetime personal and seasonal bests for many of them.  Cedar Springs took second out of six teams with each of the Cedar Springs girls medaling. 

Some highlights include Larissa McGrath, who had a lifetime personal best of 21:05, finished 6th; Hannah Reed, with a PR of 21:36, was 9th; Paige Marsman with a season record of 22:45 (21st), Haylie Terrien with a PR of 22:54 (23rd), and Madison Golliver who ran her lifetime best of 23:17 (26th).

“Across the board our ladies ran huge lifetime and seasonal PRs. I wish we could have been there, but I want to give a huge thanks to Coach Jeff Brazier for volunteering his time on a Saturday to coach the cross country team,” said Coach Melinda Stressman.

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Girls finish third in OK Gold conference


The Varsity Lady Red Hawks cross country team took third in the OK Gold.

The girls cross country team traveled to Thornapple Kellogg High School to run in the OK Gold championship meet on October 20.  “Our ladies accomplished the goal we wanted to hit in the final meet. We were tied for 3rd going in.  I told the ladies go for that number three spot and that was their goal. They got it by 2 points,” said Coach Melinda Stressman.

In the varsity race, Ally Ladd, Danika Fessenden, and Annalise Elliott got out in a great spot and held on to their positions with Elliott finishing first for the Red Hawks in a time of 20:47. Molly Bentley moved up in the race towards the end and closed in on a lot of girls, knocking down some points.  Laina Payne ran smart and moved up as well. Also running well were Kelsi Green and Addyson Brown for the varsity squad.

The JV team finished second out of four teams.  Larissa McGrath and Isabel VanDusen finished in the number two and three spots and Haylie Terrien ran her lifetime personal best of 22:54 finishing 23rd.

Danika Fessenden, Annalise Elliott, and Ally Ladd each made 2nd team all conference.

“I’m so proud of these wonderful ladies. This is a very tough conference but we met our goal and are looking forward to making more moves next year,” said Coach Melinda Stressman.

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Another strong day of performances for Lady Red Hawks


JV cross country girls in the starting block at the Autumn Sunrise Invite.

The Red Hawk cross county girls ran in the Autumn Sunrise Invitational on Saturday, October 10, at Heritage Christian School.  The varsity girls took third, scoring 81 points which was only 2 points away from second place. 

“Being that it was our first time at this course, we did so well as a team. We had great individual performances as well as overall team scoring,” said Coach Melinda Stressman. 

Leading the Red Hawks was Danika Fessenden (6th) who got in a great position with teammate Annalise Elliott (13th) right beside her for most of the way both running very good.  Kelsi Green (19th) got out strong and placed herself in a good position to help her teammates, just a few seconds shy off her lifetime personal record. Addyson Brown (21st), who finished two spots behind Green, ran very well and closed some gaps as the race went on. Izzy VanDusen (22nd) broke away and ran her season best of 21:46. Laina Payne (23rd) ran really well and stayed with a few of her teammates to finish in a great spot. Molly Bentley (25th) made sure to stay with the pack to help keep the gaps small.  Larissa McGrath (26th) ran her lifetime best of 21:58. Kaitlynn Brown (31st) did a great job pushing herself and maintaining a good pace throughout the course. Rounding out the varsity squad was freshman Hannah Reed (44th) who ran a solid race, not letting the pack get too far ahead of her. 

The JV girls took second and scored 38 points, only 17 points behind Covenant Christian. Freshman Reagan Viau placed 2nd and ran a solid race earning her lifetime personal best of 22:49. Haylie Terrien (9th), who has dealt with an injury most of this season, also ran her lifetime personal best of 24:09. Right behind Terrien was Paige Marsman (10th) who helped her teammates around her and pushed herself to get a good position with nice finish at the end.  Madison Golliver (17th) did well maintaining on the course and pushing her teammates and finished strong.  Isabella Smith (18th) ran very good and helped her teammate Mikayla Caruthers (19th) run her lifetime personal best of 25:33.

“I’m super proud of our Lady Hawks. They have been working so hard and have been great and supportive to each other. I’m so excited for the rest of the season,” said Coach Melinda Stressman. 

The ladies will be racing at Thornapple Kellogg on Tuesday, October 20, where they will be competing in their last OK Gold conference meet of the season. 

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Girls place 5th at second OK Gold jamboree


On what was a very hilly and challenging course hosted by Wayland Union on September 29, the Lady Red Hawks managed themselves very well in OK Gold conference action with an overall fifth place finish missing out on fourth place by just three points.

Junior Ally Ladd led the Red Hawks on the course, keeping herself close to some of the top groups and maintaining a good position the entire race. Ladd finished 12th in a time of 21:12.Danika Fessenden was not far behind running strong herself finishing at 21:42 in the 16th spot.

Sophomore Molly Bentley ran a great race (21:58, 20th) by starting out in a good position at the beginning of the race and moving up as the race went on. Holding off the field behind her was Kelsi Green (22:08, 28th) with Annalise Elliott (22:34, 34th) helping out the team greatly. Isabel VanDusen (22:42, 41st) ran a solid race helping her teammates Addyson Brown who finished just behind VanDusen (22:57, 43rd) and Laina Payne (23:29, 49th) who ran strong to round out the varsity group.

The JV squad looked strong with Larissa McGrath who started out in the top 10 but moved her way up to the 3rd spot finishing in 22:56. Running with some fire under her shoes was Hannah Reed finishing 9th at 23:25. Next up and competing well was Reagan Viau (24:03, 15th) and maintaining a good pace not far behind was Kaitlynn Brown (24:34, 24th). Paige

Marsman finished 27th at 25:01 as she kept pushing herself to maintain a good pace and stayclose to some packs ahead. Madison Golliver ran a great race and finished 38th in 26:17. Also running well for the JV squad were Isabella Smith (27:01, 41st), Haylie Terrien (27:29, 43rd), and Mikayla Caruthers (27:38, 44th).

“Our girls have been improving every time and it is so fun to watch them go out and have fun,” said Coach Melinda Stressman.

The girls are currently 3rd in the OK Gold conference standings and will compete in their third and final OK Gold Jamboree on October 20th at Thornapple Kellogg High School.

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Boys cross country team headed to state finals


The boys cross country team took second at regionals and are headed to state finals.

The Cedar Springs Boys Cross Country team is headed to the MHSAA Division 2 State Finals. The team placed 2nd out of the 15 teams that competed at the Division 2 Regional 10 meet at Michaywe Pines Golf Course in Gaylord, Michigan, on October 27.  

The boys were led by Corey Bowers who finished 3rd overall, breaking the 16 minute barrier for the second time this season in a time of 15:59. Jaydon Moleski had the biggest personal record of the day running a 30-second lifetime best and  finishing in 6th overall in a time of 16:14. Bowers and Moleski each earned All-Regional honors. Dilan Sargent just missed his lifetime best coming in 16th overall in a time of 16:44. Austin Mann ran a personal lifetime best time of 16:53 finishing in 19th overall. Gavin Braciak had a season best time of 17:09 to finish in 29th overall. Daniel Vermulm had his second best race of the year coming in 53rd overall in a time of 17:52. Carter Moleski ran well in his first meet of this importance coming in 64th overall in a time of 18:15.

 “Our boys’ team ran a hard fought race at regionals to finish 2nd and qualify for the D2 state finals at Michigan International Speedway this weekend,” said Coach Garrett Lacy. “We lost to a phenomenal Fremont team, who is one of the best teams in the state. We are excited about our potential moving forward to the state meet next weekend as well. Chelsea and Fremont look to be the top two teams in the state at this point, but after that I see it being a hard fought battle amongst several teams for spots 3-10. We are hoping for a top 5 finish to improve upon our 10th place finish at the state meet a year ago.” 

L to R: Marjorie Hosking, Tonya Tepin, Isabel VanDusen, Lily Howland, Maggie Prins, Ally Ladd, Carolanne Merlington, and Coach Melinda Stressman.

The girls team had a great day of season and personal bests. The team placed 10th out of 14 teams. Senior Carolanne Merlington led the Lady Red Hawks and placed 31st in a time of 20:30 and earned herself a season record. Maggie Prins placed 38th with a time of 20:46 to finish out her season with a lifetime personal best. Coming in next for the Red Hawks was Tonya Tepin, who placed 57th with a time of 21:35, and  also earned herself a lifetime personal record. Continuing with the trend of earning lifetime personal bests, Isabel VanDusen kept the streak rolling placing 64th in a time of 22:03. Following closely was Lily Howland placing 68th with a time of 22:25.  Aslo achieving a lifetime personal best was Marjorie Hosking with a time of 22:47. She placed 76th.  Finishing 84th was Ally Ladd in a time of 23:04. She also earned herself a lifetime personal best.  

“I was so happy with how the girls performed. They ran hard and continued to push each other in the race to move up as it went on. We had a lot of them reach their lifetime PRs and that’s great! The course was pretty fast. We were hoping for a better place but honestly they went out and did what they were supposed to do. I’m very excited for this program. There is so much talent and they work hard, now we just have to keep applying it in the competitions more and more as we go. I’m so proud of them, they’ve really come more together as a team,” said Coach Melinda Stressman.

The boys will travel to Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn on Saturday, November 3, and compete at 1:30 p.m. Let’s go Red Hawks!

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