Fruitport wins first boys GMAA City Cross Country title since 1994; WMC’S Braxton Snuffer takes individual title

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The Fruitport boys cross country team won its first GMAA Boys City Cross Country title since 1994 on Friday at University Park Golf Course.lsj-fb-logoThe Trojans finished with 69 points to edge out second place Mona Shores by 12 points.

WMC's Braxton Snuffer gets ready to cross the finishline to win the GMAA city cross country. Photo/Jason Goorman

WMC’s Braxton Snuffer gets ready to cross the finishline to win the GMAA city cross country. Photo/Jason Goorman

Whitehall placed third with 78 points, Oakridge (118) was fourth, North Muskegon (136) placed fifth, Western Michigan Christian (136) was sixth, Montague (164) placed seventh, Reeths-Puffer (194) finished eighth, Holton (203) was ninth, Ravenna (291) placed tenth and Muskegon finished in 11th place with a 314 team score.

The Trojans had four runners finish in the top-15, but it was their fifth runner Luke Hronek that made the difference.

“He’s (Hronek) been so strong as the season has gone along. It’s great to
see that kind of success out of a freshman,” said Fruitport coach Randy Johnson.

Fruitport was led by Aaron Simot, who placed second overall in a time of 16:29.

Mitchel Johnson (17:06) was seventh overall for the Trojans and was followed by Aaron King (17:22) in tenth place, Brendan Deneen (17:32) in 15th and Hronek (18:46) in 42nd.

“We all knew it was going to come down to our fifth guy. He knew what he had to do, had to pass as many people as possible. He did his job and that was our goal,” said Johnson.

The overall winner was Western Michigan Christian senior Braxton Snuffer, who finished in a time of 16:08.

It was Snuffer’s third meet win this season as he came in third last year at the City Meet.

“I knew if I went out, I could keep the pace fast from the start and build the gaps so I could at least have some cushion,” said Snuffer. “It was a really good race and it’s a good feeling. I’ve been here every year since I was a freshman and going through the season and getting high and higher in the rankings, its nice to win it my senior season.”

Mona Shores, which came in second place was led by Zeke Clark (17:29), who finished 12th and Cade Poland (17:29), who finished 13th.

Nick Dennison (17:34) in 16th place, Sean Halverson (17:50) in 21st and Tyler Gagnon (17:56) finished in 25th place.

Also finishing in the top-10 were Holton’s Jacob Tanner (16:30) in third, Whitehall’s Alex Dennis (16:44) in fourth, Orchard View’s Mike Hyatt (16:52) in fifth place, Oakridge’s Tylor Carmean (16:54) in sixth, OV’s Sam Deuling (17:10) in eighth place and Reeths-Puffer’s Evan Hodson (17:12) in ninth place.

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