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Bowers medals in two events at state meet

All-stater Corey Bowers pictured with coaches Andrew Wittland (L) and Justin Jones (R).

Three Red Hawk track and field athletes competed at the MHSAA Division 1 State Finals held at East Kentwood High School on Saturday, June 5, with the goal to secure All-State honors. Cedar Springs senior Corey Bowers brought home two All-State medals.  

“These three athletes worked incredibly hard to get to the state meet this year and we couldn’t be more proud of being represented by them on Saturday,” said Coach Justin Jones.  

Junior Gabe White competed in pole vault. He didn’t have his best day and unfortunately was not able to place.  “Gabe reached an elite level of vaulting this year, and still has so much potential to reach. He’ll be one of our more exciting returners next year. He obviously excels in pole vault but he’s also arguably our most versatile athlete on the team. He’s an absolute technician on the pole, we are proud of the work he puts into his craft. His goals are set high for next year,” said Jones.

Junior Alyssa Detweiler placed 15th overall with a jump of 5 feet 2 inches. “Alyssa proved very quickly to me to be one of the best jumping talents our school has ever seen. She was able to tie our longest-standing school record in the high jump thanks to some coaching help from our boys’ high jump record holder Tim Hullinger,” said Coach Jones. “She might be the most level-headed field event athlete I’ve ever seen. She caught the eyes of lots of college coaches this year as well. Looking forward to seeing how high she can fly next spring.”

Senior Corey Bowers earned All-State medals in two events.  He finished the 1600-meter race in a time of 4:17.51, placing 2nd behind a high school olympic qualifier from Ann Arbor Skyline. He was seeded 9th going into the race. Bowers also ran the 800-meter race and placed 8th with a time of 1:58.50.  This also earned him a spot on the podium.  

On May 26, Bowers broke the school record for the 800-meter race at the Michiana Timing Metro Health Scholarship Invite.  He finished the race in first place in a time of 1:54.25, which was a personal best for him.  

“Corey finished his career off runner-up to the best miler in U.S. history and followed up by sneaking in as All-State in the 800m as well. He was one of very few athletes to pull off all-state in multiple events. He’ll be missed beyond measure, but he is more than prepared to hit the ground running at a high level as a college athlete. He’ll also compete for Team Michigan in the Meet of Champions next weekend in the 3200m,” said Coach Jones.   

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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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First place finish for Cedar Springs boys cross country

Senior Jaydon Moleski finished first for the Red Hawks.

The Cedar Springs boys’ cross country team took to the course at the Long Lake Invite hosted by Kent City on August 20. They proved that they are very much still a powerhouse this year by taking first out of eight teams for the second consecutive year. The team won with a score of 25, making a huge improvement from last year’s score of 48 with five individuals finishing in the top 10.  

Jaydon Moleski took charge during the last 1k of the race finishing 1st for the second year in a row in a time of 17:28. Other teammates rounding out the top 10 of the race and receiving their first medals of the year were Corey Bowers, finishing 2nd at 17:45; Daniel Vermulm, 5th at 18:08; Dilan Sargent, 7th at 18:20; and Austin Mann, 10th at 18:30. Placing next for the Red Hawks were sophomore Carter Moleski, freshman Espen Wood, and sophomore Cayden Steinebach finishing 13th (19:29), 18th (20:12) and 20th (20:20) respectively, displaying the bright future of the program. Also showing their hard work in the off season and on the course for the Red Hawks were Justin Voskuil (26th, 20:39), Caleb Menefee (32nd, 21:11), Gabe Minnich (35th, 21:31), Ben Mallory (57th, 23:15), Connor Skelonc (61st, 23:38), Eli Malon (66th, 24:03), Logan Douglas (83rd, 25:00), and Jonathan Reed (83rd, 26:50). 

Teammates Jaydon Moleski (R) and Corey Bowers (L) who packed a 1 and 2 finish.

The boys are led this year by new coach Justin Jones. Jones is a Cedar Springs and Alma College Alumni and had a successful career running at Cedar Springs and at Alma College where he was a three-year captain. 

“We have a very gifted group,” said Coach Jones. “I think what makes this team particularly special is that we had no one graduate from last year’s squad. It’s a veteran group with budding young talent as well. I’m blessed to be able to lead such a fun and committed group of young men. I can trust them to leave every ounce of themselves on the course on race day. We have a long ways to go if we plan on competing with the biggest and best teams in the state, but this was a strong showing to start to our season,” he added.

The Red Hawks will compete next in their first OK White Conference meet of the year at Lowell High School on September 4. 

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Cross country boys finish 7th at state meet

Jaydon Moleski earned all-state recognition at the boys cross country state meet last weekend.

The Cedar Springs boys’ cross country team traveled to Michigan International Speedway for the Division 2 State Meet on November 3. The team finished in 7th place, which is the team’s best finish since 2012. The team improved three spots from their 10th place finish at the state meet last year.

The team was led by Jaydon Moleski who finished 28th overall in a time of 16:28 to earn all-state recognition, the first of his career. Dilan Sargent was next across the line in a personal lifetime best of 16:39, finishing 32nd overall and just barely missing all-state honors. Corey Bowers was 41st overall in a time of 16:46. Gavin Braciak finished 103rd overall in a time of 17:11. Daniel Vermulm 141st overall in 17:29. Austin Mann 213th overall in 18:34, and following close behind was Carter Moleski also in 18:34 finishing 214th.

“I am very proud of everything that the boys were able to accomplish this season. We were hoping for a little lower finish, but are still very excited about our 7th place finish at the state meet this past weekend. A couple of our runners had off days, but the rest of our guys really stepped up allowing us to have a top 10 finish for the second year in a row. It was a great year for us that resulted in an OK White Conference Championship, a Kent County Championship, a Regional Runner-Up finish, and a 7th place finish at the D2 State Meet. We have no seniors on our team, so we are very excited about our potential moving forward into next season,” said Coach Garrett Lacy.

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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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Cross country boys bring home another first place

Red Hawk Cross Country boys bringing home another first place.

From L to R:  Isabel VanDusen (86) and Carolanne Merlington (83).

The Cedar Springs Boys’ Cross Country team kept their winning streak rolling taking first in the Kent Division of the Kent Ottawa County Race held Saturday, October 6, at Gainey Athletic Complex.

The varsity boys finished 1st out of 17 teams. Corey Bowers finished with a time of 16:46 (2nd) getting outkicked in a sprint to the finish line. Jaydon Moleski and Dilan Sargent finished 17:10 (10th) and 17:22 (14th) respectively.  Bowers, Moleski, and Sargent each took home individual medals for finishing in the top 15. Austin Mann and Gavin Braciak both ran what Coach Lacy considered their best races of the season finishing 17:38 (19th) and 17:45 (22nd) respectively. Next to finish for the Red Hawks was Daniel Vermulm 18:34 (58th), Carter Moleski 18:44 (64th), Cayden Steinebach 19:03 (75th), Gabe White 19:13 (84th), and Alex Nylaan 21:10 (133rd).

The junior varsity boys placed 8th of 12 teams. Caleb Menefee led the way finishing 37th in a time of 20:11. He was followed closely by Justin Voskuil and Gabe Minnich who pushed each other throughout the race to finish in 52nd and 53rd overall in times of 20:30 and 20:31. Minnich’s time was a lifetime personal best improving his time by 6 seconds in muddy conditions. Sam Kleynenberg was next finishing in 68th in a time of 20:54 and Logan Douglas rounded out the JV finishers coming in at 115th overall in a time of 22:05.

“I thought the boys had their best team race of the season on Saturday,” said Coach Garrett Lacy. “Our gap between our one through five runners was the tightest it has been all year. Times were not fast due to muddy course conditions, but we competed very well against some of the top competition in the county, and were able to come away with another team win. Now we are just looking forward to taking care of business Wednesday to bring home our first conference title in 6 years.” 

The Lady Red Hawks finished 11th out of 14 teams. Maggie Prins finished 41st in a time of 22:18. Senior Carolanne Merlington ran her season best of 23:03 (69th) after time off for an injury. Freshmen Isabel VanDusen and Lily Howland followed closely placing 70th (23:04) and 72nd (23:06) respectively with Howland earning a lifetime personal best. Tonya Tepin was next to cross the finish line for the Red Hawks placing 87th in a time of 23:47. Ally Ladd finished 97th (24:20), Antonia Eigemann 101st (24:32), Marjorie Hosking 110th (25:24), and Paige Marsman 111th (25:25) who earned her season best.  Madison Golliver finished 118th with a time of 27:01. Hannah Helton ran her lifetime personal best for the JV girls in a time of 31:31 placing 132nd.

“Saturday’s meet was fun to watch. It was nice to see some runners out competing coming back from injuries,” said Coach Melinda Stressman. “The course was pretty challenging due to all the mud and sogginess from Friday night’s rain. I told the girls we weren’t looking for fast times. I wanted them to focus more on moving up and helping each other out. Those faster times will come. The weather was perfect for running, and the competition was solid.” 

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