Big Rapids cross country teams reflect on strong seasons

Big Rapids senior Megan Langworthy ends her cross country career as the school record-holder for best time (18:15). (Pioneer file photo)

BIG RAPIDS — The Big Rapids boys and girls cross country teams turned in fine seasons this year.

The Cardinals boys team placed second in the CSAA, third in regionals, and 13th overall at the Division 2 State Finals. The girls team placed third in the conference and sent Megan Langworthy and Hanna Brock to the state finals, where Langworthy earned all-state with a 22nd-place finish and Brock finished 35th.

The boys team finished fourth in the academic all-state with an average GPA of 3.878 while Langworthy and Brock were academic all-state individually.

“The season went well for both teams,” boys and girls head coach Chase Gibson said. “Both teams accomplish most of the things they

needed to towards the end of the season.”

For the girls, Langworthy was the CSAA individual champion this season and had a season-best time of 18:33. She owns the school record with a time of 18:15. Brock was named first-team all-CSAA and placed fifth at regionals and earned a PR of 19:10. Kate Langworthy was a CSAA Honorable Mention and placed 19th at regionals. Her season-best time was 19:57.

Seniors Dan Hardesty and Logan Williams led the boys team, with each earning first-team all-CSAA recognition as well as all-state. Hardesty’s PR was 16:20 and Williams’ was 16:22. Ryan Ososki (16:51), Casey Bouman (16:54), Archie Rush (17:52), Matthew Hardesty (18:04),  and Kaden Torres (18:05) were also part of the all-academic team.

The Cardinals will be without the services of Logan Williams, Dan Hardesty, and Casey Bouman for the boys and Meghan Langworthy, Madison Hammer, and Linda Simula next season. Ryan Ososki, Archie Rush, Matt Hardesty, Kaden Torres, and Ethan Fuller return for the boys and Hanna Brock, Kate Langworthy, Destiny Weckesser, Zoey Watters, and Abby Saxton will be key returners for the girls.

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