Big Rapids cross country teams win Helsing meet

Big Rapids cross country teams win titles

BIG RAPIDS — Big Rapids’ cross country team stayed close to home in the Ferris State Ray Helsing Invitational at Katke Golf Course on Saturday and used it to their advantage.

Both boys and girls teams took first place in the six-team event for boys and four for girls.

The boys had a score of 28, followed by Reed City (55), Boyne City (58), Grand Rapids Union (96), Beaverton (139) and Fairview (151).

Logan Williams was second (18:01.4) while Dan Hardesty was third (18:11.80) to lead the Big Rapids attack.

“It was pretty good but it was a little windy,” Williams said. “This is our third meet. It’s been going pretty good. We’re looking strong. We have some promising guys coming up.”

Also for the Cardinals, Ryan Ososki was fifth (18:36), Casey Bouman (18:39.2) sixth, Archie Rush 12th (18:54.8), Matthew Hardesty 15th (19:59.5), Ethan Fuller 16th (20:01.0), and Caden Kirby 17th (20:03.2).

“The boys competed very well,” Big Rapids coach Chase Gibson said. “I’m very happy with the result of that. Logan, Dan and Casey and Ryan ran a smart race and got in great position to help us get our win.”

The girls scored a 30 to take first place followed by Reed City (50), Boyne City (61) and Grand Rapids Union (73).

Meghan Langworthy led Big Rapids (20:28.6) with a first place, finishing more than a minute ahead of second-place girl Emily Sterling of Boyne City (21:34.4).

Also for Big Rapids, Hanna Brock was fourth (22;02.8), Madi Hammer fifth (22:43.2). Kate Langworthy seventh (23:42.7), Linda Simula 14th (25:06.7), Zoey Watters 23rd (26:23.4), Eve Hinkley 24th (26:28.0) and Abby Saxton 25th (26:35.1).

“Madi stepped up today and I’m very proud she came around,” Gibson said. “She ran No. 3 for us. Eve Hinkley came out of nowhere. She ran varsity today and had a huge performance increase the past couple of weeks. She may be helping us out later in the road.”

Hammer has been overcoming injuries from track and field season.

“She’s healthy now and is trying to regain her confidence again and her ability of performing well,” Gibson said. “She knows she has it in her. She needs to let it come out naturally rather than force it.”

Big Rapids runs Friday at the Michigan State Spartan Invitational.

 

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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