Off to the state finals

 

Bear Lake’s Jordan Anderson (left) and Gary McBride (right) during the Division 4 cross country regional meet at Manistee National on Saturday. The Lakers won the regional title, and McBride and Anderson finished 1-2 overall in the race. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

Bear Lake’s Jordan Anderson (left) and Gary McBride (right) during the Division 4 cross country regional meet at Manistee National on Saturday. The Lakers won the regional title, and McBride and Anderson finished 1-2 overall in the race. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

MANISTEE — Three local schools ran on a cold and rainy Saturday to extend their 2015 cross country season one more week in the state finals.

Manistee, Bear Lake, and Brethren all competed at Manistee National to see who would advance in two different races.

Bear Lake won the Division 4 boys regional championship with 25 points to advance to the state finals as a team. The second place team was Manton with 82 points.

The Lakers were led by Gary McBride, who won the race at 16:56. His teammate, Jordan Anderson, followed him in 2nd overall at 17:15.

“It’s how we expected them to run. We were aiming for this meet and it was a great dress rehearsal to get ready for next weekend,” Bear Lake coach Tony Shrum said. “They’re ready.”

Kaiden Hejl finished 4th at 17:26. Lane Lee finished 7th at 17:49. Cole Verrett was the final Laker to place in 12th at 18:25.

Brethren’s season is finished as they came in 11th place in the same race with 236 points.

Nick Kemler led the Bobcats by finishing 37th with a time of 20:07.

Bear Lake finished 4th in the girls race, which doesn’t qualify them as a team for the state finals, but three runners qualified as individuals.

They finished with 95 points, only 7 points behind Frankfort who is sending their entire team to the state finals.

Manton won the race with 51 points.

Yuki Babinec finished 10th with a time of 21:39. Emilee MacPherson finished in 13th in 21:51. Emily Belinsky finished in 14th in 21:58.

“Overall they raced very well. After the race I asked them if they gave everything they have. They said ‘yeah.’ If they ran as hard as they leave nothing on the table, then sometimes you just come up short.It was a very young team. Other than Nora (Aunan), who is a foreign exchange student, five out of the six will be back next year,” Shrum said. “It’s hard when you only have six. I’m incredibly proud of what the girls did this season, to have such a small group and to race this hard.”

Brethren only had 2 runners, so they couldn’t qualify as a team.

Taylor Cordes was their leading runner, finishing the race in 49th place in 25:03.

Manistee’s boys ran in the Division 3 regional final, where they finished in 12th with 292 points.

Shepherd won the race with 39 points.

Elliot Kamaloski finished in 41st at 18:45, and teammate Kyle Schaubroeck followed him in 52nd at 19:28.

“The boys looked really strong. Several of them have been sore, or at that point where they are having a lot of aches,” Manistee coach Hilary Edmondson said. “Their times are probably comparative to where they have been.”

The Chippewa girls team fared better than their male counterparts.

They finished in 4th place with 126 points.

All three teams that finished ahead of Manistee are ranked in the top 15 in the state.

Shepherd won the regional title with 51 points.

In fourth place Manistee just missed out on qualifying as a team, but two runners will be going to the state finals.

Ashley Lindeman led the Chippewas by finishing 7th overall in 20:05.

Lindeman, who didn’t race a week ago with an ankle injury, will be going to the state finals for the fourth consecutive year, only the second Chippewa ever to achieve this. Annie Fuller, who graduated last year, was the other.

Manistee freshman Erin Dorn will also be going to the state finals. She finished in 8th place overall with a time of 20:09.

Her finish is the third-highest for a freshman in school history, behind only Lindeman and Fuller.

“The weather conditions didn’t help today, but I was impressed with both of their times. This course has some rolling hills and Erin’s time was better than last week,” Edmondson said. “I don’t think it (the ankle injury) was bothering her (Lindeman) too bad. If it was, she just ignored it. She fought through it. I think she will definitely be strong enough to continue for next week.”

The state finals will be on Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich.

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Posted by Brian Fogg

Brian is the sports writer for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3110 or bfogg@pioneergroup.com.

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