Boys Edge Vikes For First; Girls Finish Fourth
Story and photos by Michael Paige
The skies were ominous as runners and fans left Fremont for the second WMC Jamboree at Ludington’s West Shore Community College campus. By the time of arrival, the weather was partly cloudy with a temp of about 70 degrees. Having just run there Saturday, most of the runners were well familiar with the course.
The Fremont boys were able squeeze out a close win beating Whitehall by 2 points, 48-46. Whitehall’s Carter McIlroy led the way with a time of 17:20, followed by teammate Andre Richmond (17:40). Ludington’s Jose Flores (17:50), Oakridge’s Peyton Ruel (17:58) and Montague’s Owen Fairchild (18:10) finished third through fifth. Fremont runners took 5 out of the next 8 spots; Sean Pettis (6th – 18:11), Henrik Quist (7th – 18:16), Johnny Christensen (9th – 18:18), Chase Lowery (11th – 18:42) and Carter Sherman (13th – 18:52) all finished strong to secure the points necessary for the win. Fremont runners Cole Lowery (14th - 18:55), Isaac Romero (16th - 19:09), Gary Springstead (19th - 19:37), Blake Taylor (23rd - 20:10), Gabe Jones (36th - 21:53) and Brandon Rasmussen (47th - 23:31) also competed. Notably, Henrik Quist caught and passed Whitehall’s Stewart Waters with 600 meters to go for a 2 point swing in the score while Isaac Romero passed Whitehall’s Andrew Boeringa to add another point.
The Girls had a solid day as a team, with most of the team running close to or beating their time on this course from Saturday’s Invitational. Linnea Paige led the way for the Fremont girls finishing 2nd overall with a personal record time of 20:42. Whitehall’s Cami Kraai started out strong as the overall leader, but Paige grabbed the lead at the 2nd mile and made a big push. Ludington sophomore Summer Brower, however, passed Paige in the last 800 and held on for the victory with a time of 20:26. Ariana Tanner finished 21st with a time of 24:39. Joelle Patten (23rd – 24:42), Rachel Maddox (24th – 25:33), Elise Pfeiffer (27th – 26:07) and Rocquel Richards (30th – 26:21) also ran for Fremont. Rachel Maddox and Elise Pfeiffer moved up through the middle part of the race to record season records. The girls placed 4th with 96 points. Whitehall finished with 42 points to win the meet. Ludington (43) and Manistee (88) rounded out the top three.
The teams’ next meet is the Cougar Falcon Invite at the Eagles Nest on Saturday at Calvin College.