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Two Cedar Springs students crowned state champions

Kenzie Weiler and Austin Sargent

Kenzie Weiler and Austin Sargent


Two runners from the Cedar Springs Red Hawks cross country teams did something last weekend that has never been done before in Division 2—and only once before in the state’s history—a boy and girl from the same school both won the state title in Cross Country the same year.

Junior Austin Sargent finished first in the Boys Division 2 State Finals with a time of 15:42.7 and Kenzie Weiler finished first in the Girls Division 2 State Finals with a time of 17:55.1 last weekend at Michigan International Speedway.

Only one other time in state history has a boy and girl won state titles together and that was Corunna HS in 1995.

The entire girls Cross Country team also qualified for the state finals. After placing second at regionals, the girls’ team was looking for a solid performance on Saturday. The team ended up finishing 15th overall, led by Weiler, who placed first and became Cedar Springs’ first female cross country girl to win a state championship. Sophomore Kellsie Webber was 71st overall and ran her best time of her career. Senior Maddie Pekrul finished her last race, placing 90th overall, and was followed closely by Ellie Ovokaitys who placed 91st and also ran her best time. Shayne Mann (103rd) also ran her personal best time ever. Senior Caitlin McClurken also broke the 21-minute barrier and Allyson Marvel rounded out the top seven by adding a solid performance.

Austin Sargent, Cedar Springs boys only state qualifier, ran in a pack and broke away to take the lead and finish first to become the D2 state champion. Sargent becomes the third boy from Cedar to win an individual state championship. He follows Connor Mora (2012) and Landon Peacock (2005). The win also becomes the first time a school has had two different state champions in back to back years.

“This is a big moment in our school history and we are very proud of Kenzie and Austin!” remarked Autumn Mattson, Athletic Director at Cedar Springs High School. “The success of these individuals and our team is directly related to the support of our cross country parents, hard work and determination of our athletes and the countless hours our previous coaches and current coaches have put into our kids. Last Saturday was a great day to be a Red Hawk!”


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Dirt bike rider going for state title

Kids love dirt bikes. But 8-year-old Trentyn Roelofs rides them for more than just fun. In fact, he’s riding for a state title this weekend. And it’s only his first year riding a dirt bike.
Trentyn “T-Bird” Roelofs is a 3rd grade student at Beach Elementary, and is the son of Brooke Roelofs and Jeremy Robinson, and Brent & Sara Roelofs all of Cedar Springs.
According to Trentyn’s mom, Brooke, Trentyn started practicing on his new KTM bikes in March when there was still snow on the ground and continued to dedicate time to his riding through the cold and rain until the season started in April.
“Since then we have traveled all over the state of Michigan going to races,” said Brooke. “We have been to several cities this summer including Traverse City, Charlotte, Holland, Hudsonville, Manistee, Marshall and Big Rapids.”
Trentyn is thankful for all the friends and family who have supported him in this adventure. “His grandparents have all been so great at being there for him and traveling to races and even camping out at times,” said Brooke. Several local businesses have also given him their support.
Trentyn will be riding his dirt bikes in the 2011 SJO State Fair Series this weekend. “He rides in 2 different classes and is currently tied for 1st place right now in the 50cc Senior class and 2nd place in the 50cc Sport class,” explained Brooke.
This coming weekend is the final Chapter of the race season, ending with Allegan on Friday night, Muskegon on Saturday (7pm) and Sunday (5pm) and Centreville on Monday night. The cost of the Muskegon races are $10 for adults and $5 for kids to come out and show your support. The Muskegon County Fairground are located at 6621 Hts. Ravenna Rd. Ravenna, MI 49451.

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Ray Winnie
Kent County Credit Union


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