The Fremont, Hesperia, Newaygo and White Cloud Cross Country teams all ventured north to the Warriors Late Season Invitational at Chippewa Hills on Saturday, October 21 to compete in the final regular season meet of the season before heading into Regionals.
The weather was unseasonably warm and the colors of the leaves were remarkably vibrant as the athletes ran through the wooded trails of the Chip Hills course.
The top 50 individuals in each the boys and girls race took home medals. The top two teams in each division (small and large school) took home trophies. Both the medals and trophies are unique for this invitational in that they are cut pieces of tree!
The following is a write up from Coach Cliff Somers of the Fremont day.
"It was pretty good running weather, just a little windy. We rested a few athletes on both the girls and boys team but were still able to win both races. This is the first time this year the girls were able to beat Chip. Hills who were also resting some athletes. The girls had a tight pack of 4 placing in the top 10 with a 39 second spread. Annika Tuls (So) was our 5th giving us a 1:11 1-5 split. Many girls ran their PR on a full length course today. It was a great way to go out for those who were running their last race of the season. The boys put 6 in the top 10 of their division. Ben Schmidt (Sr) broke the course record he set last running 15:47. Freshman Josh Zerfas stepped up big running his best race of the season to fill the hole left with a couple runners sitting out. As with the girls, many of the boys ran their season PR on a full length course." Fremont heads to Gaylord next week for Regionals.
The following is a write up of Newaygo's results by Coach Alexis Mercer.
"We haven't been to the Late Season Invite when it has been this warm for as long as I have been coaching. It was a beautiful day to run through the wooded trails. The girls team finished third overall in the large division, with 6 of the varsity girls taking home medals. Ellie Nausadis led the Lady Lions with a 5th place finish. Also medaling were Sophia Frisbie, Samantha Dosch, Liza Nausadis, Alexis Brocker and Jaylee Long. It was the final race for the JV girls. Elizabeth Childs ran her best race of the season by far and set a PR. Two Lions earned medals for the boys side. Ryan Brummel finished 5th overall and David Grodus earned his first medal at this meet in his three years running. Two other boys finished with PRs on the season: Blaise Brockway and Ryan Anderson. Both the boys and girls will now head to Allendale next week for Regionals."